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Henri Nouwen fonds
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Page 1 of Album 3

File consists of page 1 of Album 3. There are five photographs on the page [P6400, P6401, P6402, P6403, P6404, P6405]. Henri Nouwen is seen with friends, including Trudi Habes, Dick and Doak van Dalen and Seward and Helen Hiltner at a celebration in his honour in November 1970; and away on retreat with Newman Chaplains in June, 1972 in Dayton, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.

The annotations on the back of the photos read:

P6400 (unknown hand): Left to right Trudi Habes, Harri, (hidden) - Dave, Dick van Dalen, Doak van Dalen (back to camera) Nov 1970

P6401 (unknown hand): November 26, 1970 - The Cake H.[S?]. Harri Nouwen

P6402 (unknown hand): Trudi Habes, Seward, Harri November 70

P6403: Nov. 26, 1970 Seward, Helen, Harri

P6404 (Nouwen): Retraite [dajvan?] Newman chaplains bij Dayton Ohio

P6405 (Nouwen): Detroit Retreat for Newman Champlains Sacred Heart Seminary June 1972

Page 1 of Album 11

File consists of page 1 of Album 11. There are six photographs on the page [P7776, P7777, P7778, P7779, P7780, P7781]. Taken in Greece, Henri Nouwen is seen with friend visiting various ruins, including the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Erechtheum in Athens.

Photographs of Selma-Montgomery march and personal photographs of Nouwen's

File consists of seventy-four slides of Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights march (attended by Nouwen), which began in Selma, AL, on March 21, 1965, and arrived in Montgomery, AL, on March 25, 1965. File also contains seven slides taken by or featuring Nouwen, including one slide featuring Nouwen in military uniform, one slide of the original Menninger Clinic, one slide taken by Nouwen during a trip, and four slides from a University of Notre Dame football game.

Books and articles

Sub-series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of many of Nouwen's published and unpublished books and articles, including forewords, introductions and afterwords for other authors' books. The sub-series represents Nouwen's writing process, from miscellaneous notes and journal entries to galley and print proofs. Some articles contain subject matter later published in Nouwen's full-length books; links between them have been made where appropriate. The sub-series has been divided into sub-sub-series for each of Nouwen's book-length projects, as well as files.
The sub-sub-series are as follows:

  1. Book on Anton T. Boisen
  2. Intimacy
  3. With Open Hands
  4. Aging
  5. Out of Solitude
  6. Reaching Out
  7. Genesee Diary
  8. Man at the Watershed
  9. Clowning in Rome
  10. In Memoriam
  11. A Cry for Mercy
  12. Downward Mobility
  13. A Letter of Consolation
  14. Compassion
  15. Gracias! A Latin American Journal
  16. A Spirituality of Peacemaking
  17. Love in a Fearful Land: A Guatemalan Story
  18. Lifesigns
  19. Behold the Beauty of the Lord
  20. Letters to Marc about Jesus
  21. The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey
  22. Heart Speaks to Heart
  23. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
  24. Theology as Doxology
  25. L'Arche and the World
  26. A Spiritual Journey
  27. Mary, Mother of the Priests
  28. Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given
  29. The Life of the Beloved
  30. Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent
  31. The Return of the Prodigal Son
  32. Circus Diary
  33. Ukrainian Diary: July 24-August 14, 1993
  34. Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Giving
  35. With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life
  36. The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey through Anguish to Freedom
  37. Can You Drink the Cup?
  38. Ministry and Spirituality: Three Books in One
  39. Adam: God's Beloved
  40. Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith
  41. Sabbatical Journey: The Final Year
  42. Articles

Invitations declined

Sub-series consists of correspondence and administrative instructions regarding invitations to Nouwen to speak. All of the invitations in this sub-series were declined.

Ave Maria Press files

Sub-series consists of five files which deal with Nouwen's personal and professional dealings with Ave Maria Press, a publishing company located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Much of the correspondence is between Nouwen or his assistants and Eugene S. Geissler, Book Editor or Frank Cunningham, Editor for Ave Maria Press. Specific Nouwen publications mentioned in the files include In Memoriam, With Open Hands, Out of Solitude, Compassion, Love in a Fearful Land, and audio cassettes A Spirituality of Waiting, Aging and Ministry, Marriage and Ministry and Spirituality and the Family.

General financial files

Sub-series consists of Nouwen's general financial files kept by his staff between 1980 and 1997. Includes material regarding bank accounts, credit cards, expenses, financial statements, frequent flyer programs, income from donations, honorariums, royalties and stipend, income tax, car, health and travel insurance and RRSP/retirement funds. Includes applications, correspondence, forms, informational pamphlets and booklets, invoices, newsletters, receipts, reports, and statements. Photographs accompany some correspondence (none of which are of Nouwen).
The files have been grouped chronologically according to the Nouwen staff member(s) responsible for the creation of the majority of the file. There are four groupings: files 1270-1281 consist of material from 1980 to 1986 created predominantly by Carol Plantinga and Peter Weiskel; files 1282-1303 consist material from 1986 to 1995 predominantly created by Connie Ellis; files 1304-1311 consist of material from 1984 to 1993 predominantly created by Lydia Banducci; and files 1312-1404 consist of material from 1985 to 1997 predominantly created by Margaret Sutton. Within each chronological grouping the material is arranged alphabetically by file title. There is also one file containing financial invoices, receipts, and financial statements from the period of 1956 - 1967.

Manuscripts

Series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of more than 150 books and articles, forewords and introductions, sermons, and talks by Henri Nouwen. The date range of the materials is from 1956 to 1996. The series contains drafts of 49 of his articles and drafts of 41 books (Nouwen published over 300 articles and 39 books in his lifetime). In addition to handwritten drafts or typescripts some files may also include loose notes (usually background reading notes), galley and print proofs, administrative papers, correspondence regarding the materials, and photographs and artwork used in the process of publication.

The materials in the Series reflect Nouwen’s general writing process: for the most part he hand-wrote his works on foolscap or in hard-back journals, often he created reading notes pertaining to the subject he was writing on, drafts were typed by an administrative assistant and then circulated to friends and other readers for comment. He saved all of the drafts, often incorporating the notes made by himself and other readers, in order to create one final work.

Common themes present in the drafts include: spirituality, love, God, psychology, theology, relationships, prayer, ministry, and Christian life. Nouwen often reflected on his own spiritual journey and experiences in his works in journal form. This writing was often deeply personal and it is for this reason that some of the manuscripts and drafts are restricted from use, including Man at the Watershed, A Spiritual Journey, Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given (parts of which were published in Life of the Beloved), The Inner Voice of Love, Adam, and Sabbatical Journey.

With exception of the sermons, most material has been published. Eight transcripts have been identified as unpublished, including a book on Anton T. Boisen based on Nouwen’s doctoral thesis, a draft of a work about Nouwen’s friend Richard Alan White, and notes for a book Nouwen began in 1991 regarding the trapeze and the spiritual life as well as some of the restricted material listed above. See file descriptions for more information on each work.

The series has been arranged into two sub-series:

    1. Books and articles
    1. Talks and sermons

Each of these sub-series has sub-sub-series, files, and items. They have been arranged chronologically.

Page 1 of Album 5

File consists of page 1 of Album 5. There are two photographs on the page [P6578, P6579]. Taken in Scheveningen, the Netherlands during the late 1940s the photos include Laurent, Henri, Maria, Laurien and Paul Nouwen outside of their home in Schevenigen at Nieuwe Duinweg 20; and Laurent, Maria and Laurien Nouwen at the beach.

Page 1 of Album 10

File consists of page 1 of Album 10. There are seven photographs on the page [P7547, P7548, P7549, P7551, P7552, P7553]. Henri Nouwen is seen conducting Easter Sunday Mass, wearing clerical robes and a stole, outdoors as a crowd looks on. Friends, including Mich Zeman with his son Ben [P7547], James Watfor [P7547] (3rd from left), Joseph Nunez [P7547] (black beard), Carol Plantinga [P7548] (back to camera in plaid) and Virginia E. Van Dooren [P7551] (middle of photo with short, blonde, curly hair) are seen watching and participating in the service.

Course lectures, handouts, reading, and student notes

Sub-series consists of bound volumes of materials and loose documents created and used by Nouwen for his teaching positions various academic institutions in both North America and Europe. This includes reading notes, preparation notes, lecture notes, typed lecture summaries, course handouts and syllabi, many of which are heavily annotated by Nouwen. It also includes lectures, letters, notes, assignments and course evaluations produced by Nouwen's students and teaching assistants. In addition to the course-specific bound volumes, there are two bound volumes that are labelled as "miscellaneous class material" that relate to Nouwen's early career from 1959 to 1976. This sub-series has been divided into 22 sub-sub series based on the course titles and subjects which Nouwen taught between 1961 and 1994, except for one sub-sub series involving the two-volume set of collected class materials mentioned above.
The sub-sub series are:

  1. Developmental Psychology
  2. Psychology of Personality
  3. Abnormal Psychology
  4. Psychology of Religion
  5. Pastoral Care
  6. Christian Spirituality
  7. Ministry to the Elderly
  8. Hospitality
  9. Discipline and Discipleship
  10. Prison Ministry
  11. Collected Class Materials
  12. The Life and Works of Thomas Merton
  13. Ministry and Spirituality
  14. Ministry in Non-Religious Institutions
  15. The Ministry of Vincent Van Gogh
  16. Compassion
  17. Education and Community
  18. Hesychasm
  19. Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry
  20. Spiritual Direction / Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction
  21. Introduction to the Spiritual Life
  22. Early Dutch course material

Gymnasium records

Sub-series consists of essays written by Nouwen during his years at Gymnasium - a grammar school in the Netherlands for students aged 12 to 18 years who aim to attend university. Top students would learn Latin and Greek.

Awards and honourary degrees

Sub-series consists of awards and honourary degrees bestowed upon Henri Nouwen by various academic institutions, religious and community organizations, and literary associations, including correspondence and memorabilia relating to the awards and award ceremonies.

Materials regarding Thomas Merton

Sub-series consists of materials collected by Nouwen related to Thomas Merton. Sub-series includes newspaper articles, mimeographed letters from Merton, several copies of Merton’s manuscripts and several of Merton’s commercially produced audio cassette recordings of his talks to the monks and community of the Abbey of Gethsemani. Sub-series also contains Nouwen’s own records of the materials he collected on Merton. Sub-series also includes materials relating to Merton’s death in 1968 and homilies of funeral services held in his honour.

Collected commercial audio cassettes

File consists of 43 commercial audio cassette tapes collected by Nouwen. Audio cassettes include:

Stages of Contemplation: The presence of God - SR189
Stages of Contemplation: Praying in the spirit - SR190
Stages of Contemplation: Marriage: Call to contemplation - SR191
Stages of Contemplation: The process of contemplation - SR192
Stages of Contemplation: Growing in prayer - SR193
Stages of Contemplation: To be Eucharist - SR194
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Fidelity to remembering - SR195
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Coming home and passing over - SR196
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: The enfleshed heart of life - SR197
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Desert fertility - SR198
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: The hidden and the revealed - SR199
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Brokenness - SR200
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: The call to harmony - SR201
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Retreat and reentry - SR202
"CNN Report": Palm Sunday by K. Himle / 4/4/1993 - SR203
Most significant civil rights case of the decade by David Brown - SR204
The common sense of God - SR205
King of the Nation - SR206
Taking care of business: Called or driven by Bob Buford - SR207

Prophets for today - Cardinal John O'Connor - SR208
Abortion and race genocide - SR209
The war against population by Dr. Kasun - SR210
Christ in the New Testament 3/29/92 - SR211
The Nurturing Network: Pro-life in a pro-choice world - SR212
The Nurturing Network: "Practical idealism: Compassion in action" - SR213
The Nurturing Network: How to build an effective social ministry - SR214

2451 of Rumi and apocalypse with Andrew Harvey - SR215

Creating an inner path for real magic: Applying real magic awareness in everyday life I - SR216
Creating an inner path for real magic: Applying real magic awareness in everyday life II - SR217
Creating an inner path for real magic: Applying real magic awareness in everyday life III - SR218
Creating an inner path for real magic: Applying real magic awareness in everyday life IV - SR219
How can I help? - SR220 (sent to Nouwen from B. Crowley)
The liturgical year - SR221 (given to Sue and Kathy from Bob [last name unknown])
Joni Earekson Tada 11/8/92 - SR222
Michael Kelly Blanchard and selected topics - SR223
Fr. William: Hesychasm: Introduction #201 - SR224
Fr. William: Hesychasm: Desert fathers and doctrine #202 - SR225
Fr. William: Hesychasm: Gnosis #203 - SR226
Fr. William: Hesychasm: and poverty #204 - SR227
Fr. William: Hesychasm and celibacy & Hescichasm and encrateia - SR228

Fr. William: Hesychasm and fasting & hesychasm and moral life - SR229
Fr. William: Hesychasm - The Jesus prayer first conference - SR230
Fr. William: Hesychasm - The Jesus prayer second conference - SR231

Page 10 of Album 14

File consists of page 10 of Album 14. There are four photographs on the page [P8492, P8493, P8494, P8495]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen's friends are seen giving a speech, at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam, as others, including Professor Han Fortmann [P8492] and Laurien Nouwen [P8493], look on smiling.

Seminary diploma

Item consists of a certificate dated July 21, 1957, that is certifying Nouwen's graduation from the seminary. Certificate is signed by the rector of the Rijsenburg Seminary.

Drafts of Aging

File consists of two typescripts of "Aging". Draft (1) is entitled, "Aging and Ministry", by Nouwen, with Peter J. Naus and Don McNeill, with many thanks to Walter Gaffney (1971 - 1974). Draft (2) is entitled, "Aging", by Nouwen and Walter J. Gaffney (Photography by Ron P. van den Bosch) (1974).

Photographs of Holland

File consists of 47 slides featuring photographs taken in the Netherlands. These photographs were possibly taken in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Some photographs feature the canal that runs through Amsterdam. There are photographs of buildings in a city as well as in a more country setting, as well of some photographs of windmills. There are also several photographs of paintings, perhaps done by Rembrandt van Rijn (P3964-P3966).

Page 10 of Album 5

File consists of page 10 of Album 5. There are four photographs on the page [P6638, P6639, P6640, P6641]. In the photos Laurien, Maria and Laurent Nouwen pose for a photo outside and Laurent J.M. Nouwen sits on a horse outside of the [Nouwen home?] while Lillenor Habvard looks on, in September 1948. Also included is a 1948 photo of Ferry [last name unknown] in a field with a view of the church at the minor seminary in Apeldoorn and a May 1947 photo of a crowd, including Harry and Truus Derkx (nee Ramselaar), sending off a boat. The annotations on the page read: "Ferry in Apeldoorn 1948" and "Mai 1947 Truus an Harry naar Curacao".

Page 10 of Album 10

File consists of page 10 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7621, P7622, P7623, P7624, P7625, P7626, P7627, P7628, P7629]. Several of Henri Nouwen's friends, including Daphne Cox [P7622], Mich Zeman [P7623], Joseph Nunez [P7625], Bob Werner [P7627], [Michael Harank?] [P7628] and Yushi Nomura [P7629], are seen together and alone.

The silence of God

Item consists of two draft typescripts of "The Silence of God", a Lenten meditation regarding Jesus before the Sanhedrin, Pilate and Herod. Nouwen argues that as Jesus stands before his accusers he is silent, not out of disdain or arrogance, but because those asking him to perform are doing so from curiosity and sensationalism. Nouwen suggests that Jesus only speaks when we come with a real desire to know him and receive his word into our hearts. This is one meditation in a Lenten series given by Nouwen at Battell Chapel in 1980.

Guides

Sub-series consists of one leader's guide to Nouwen's book Letters to Marc about Jesus. The book was produced by the publisher of Nouwen's book as a learning aid. Through a series of questions and exercises it attempts to help the reader gain in their own spiritual life through Nouwen's book. The book has been described at the item level.

Video recordings of Nouwen

Series consists of video recordings of Nouwen as lecturer, retreat leader, conference leader and television program guest. Many of these videocassettes were given to Nouwen by the organizers's of events in which he participated. There is one sub-series in this series: video recordings accumulated by Nouwen, and there are several sub-sub series. Multiple cassettes from a single event are available for Nouwen at Earlham College; Nouwen at Catholic Charities Volunteer Development Conference; Nouwen on Robert Schuller's Hour of Power; Video Recordings of 'Overal et Nergens' and Nouwen at L'Arche Stratford. The remaining videocassettes consist of thirty-three videocassettes of addresses, lectures, interviews and sermons given by Nouwen at conferences, retreats, churches and other locations from 1983 to 1996.

Marriage homily for Rick and Margaret [last names unknown]

Item consists of a manuscript of a marriage homily given by Nouwen at the wedding of Rick and Margaret (last names unknown). Nouwen suggests a good marriage consists of giving to each other, giving to others, and giving to God, as well as forgiving each other, others and God.

Death and Christ

Item consists of a typescript for "Death and Christ", a sermon given by Nouwen in which he suggests that death, which we do not want to confront, is also a way to life. Nouwen looks at how we avoid death in our culture and how we need to be willing to face our own death, which can become a sign of glory.

Page 10 of Album 3

File consists of page 10 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6432]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo shows Henri Nouwen standing on a street in Utrecht. His eyes are closed and the Dom Tower is visible in the background.

Page 10 of Album 11

File consists of page 10 of Album 11. There are four photographs on the page [P7818, P7819, P7820, P7821]. Taken while on a trip to Greece and Israel, Henri Nouwen and his travelling companions are seen outdoors at unidentified locations. Also included are two photos of church interiors.

Letters from Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink, Archbishop of Utrecht

File consists of letters from Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink, Archbishop of Utrecht. Alfrink was Nouwen's bishop. Also includes two long letters fron Nouwen (in Dutch). Also includes correspondence from Rev. George J. Parnassus of St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Downey, CA.

Visit of Fr. Marcel Curinckx - May 20 - June 14, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Fr. Marcel Curinckx, a Belgian Priest, regarding a visit to L'Arche Daybreak. Includes correspondence between Nouwen and Joe Vorstermans regarding arrangements for Fr. Curinckx's visit. Many of the letters are in Dutch.

Letter from Sr. LaVerne Dolphin, BVM

File consists of a letter from Sr. LaVerne Dolphin, BVM and two typed letters from June E. Hagan, Nouwen's administrative assistant, regarding financial aid to continue her ministry with female inmates.

Muskoka Woods - May 22, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Maurice Charbonneau, regarding a retreat lead by Nouwen and Carl MacMillan at Muskoka Woods Sports Resort, Rosseau, Ontario. The theme of the retreat was " Wounds, Challenges, Life, and Growth." Includes a brochure for the resort, copies of details of conferences/workshops sponsored by the Muskoka Centre that year. Also includes correspondence from MacMillan to Nouwen regarding details of the day's activities.

Anniversary of Don McNeill's Ordination - May 23 - 28, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's attendance at the Ordination Anniversary celebration for Don McNeill at Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame, Indiana. Includes a long letter from McNeill speaking of his experiences in Chile. Also includes correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen speaking at Bethany House, Oakland, California. Includes letters from Joe Collins requesting to see Nouwen while he is in California. Includes postcards, programs, and a travel itinerary for the week. Also includes an essay in French entitled Les Deux Premières Étapes du Cheminement Spirituel à L'Arche à la Lumière des Exercices Spirituels de Saint Ignace by Frank Janin.

Letters from Glenn Douglass

File consists of two letters from Glenn Douglass. In letter from September 20, 1982, Douglass thanks Nouwen for his gift of appreciation (a copy of Yushi Nomura's book). File includes a copy of a typed letter from Nouwen from August 13, 1982, from the Abbey of the Genesee, expressing appreciation for Douglass' help during Nouwen's 25th anniversary of ordination celebration (Douglass drove people to and from the airport). Nouwen said he would send Douglass a gift.

Letter from Sr. Ellen Downes

File consists of a card from Sr. Ellen Downes in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Nouwen's Ordination, gifting Nouwen with thirty masses and two novenas of masses from Fr. Edward of the Salesian Missions of New Rochelle, NY.

1991 Diocesan Clergy Conference, Anglican Church of Canada - June 3 - 5, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's leadership with Bishop J.C. Fricker at the Diocesan Clergy Conference for the Anglican Church of Canada, at the Trent Conference Center, Peterborough, Ontario. Includes minutes from planning meetings, agenda for the conference, liturgical materials for each of the services, and details about the Trent Conference center. Also includes many letters to Nouwen reflecting on the conference, notes on the conference in Nouwen's hand, an a letter from Nouwen detailing how the conference should be structured. The theme of the conference was "Living the Spiritual Life - A Conference of Priestly Spirituality."

Letter from Jack Doyle, MSW

File consists of a letter from Jack Doyle, MSW, coordinator of Training for the Family Counselling of Greater New Haven Inc., requesting a letter of recommendation for Jeanne Sulavik, and a typed letter from Mabel Treadwell, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

Visit by Theatre and Company - June 14, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material from Kate Holt, regarding a visit to Daybreak by a group from Theatre and Company. Includes information about the theatre company and reviews of their last two shows. Also includes a thank-you letter from Stuart Scadron-Wattles.

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