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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Letters from Callie Stone

File consists of two picture cards. One card Nouwen sent to Stone with a picture of Rembrandt's "Self-Portrait" and a note written by Nouwen on the back. The other card is one with a picture of "John XXIII of Rome" that was purchased by Stone at the recommendation of Nouwen. File letters including one from Callie S. Stone to Maureen Wright regarding Stone writing an article for the Henri Nouwen Society. Another letter is an original from Nouwen including a note n Latin American people and a brief description of his recent travels.

Letters from Mary McDaniel

File consists of two original letters to Mary Nell McDaniel, including two copies of a book inscription to her. One letter is in response to a letter received from McDaniel. The other letter thanks McDaniel for expressing her appreciation for Nouwen's writing and offering words of support.

Material about Nouwen

Series consists of material about Nouwen including material about Nouwen's life, works, and death. This material includes newspaper articles; journal articles; interviews of Nouwen; essays; notes from Nouwen's sermons and lectures; books and book reviews; poems; letters; newsletters; and cards. While some materials on Nouwen's life and works was written before Nouwen's death, the majority of the material is dated after his death in 1996. Much of the material in the series pertaining to Nouwen's death was written by friends of Nouwen, who write about his friendship, his writing, and support.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

  1. Works about Nouwen
  2. Interviews with Nouwen
  3. Notes from Nouwen's talks
  4. Obituaries and tributes
  5. Reviews
  6. Materials mentioning Nouwen

Fr. Henri Nouwen of happy memory

File contains two copies of a newspaper article titled "Fr. Henri Nouwen of happy memory" (National Catholic Reporter, N.C.R., November 15, 1996), which contains personal stories of Nouwen, including one contribution by Reverend Anthony P. Palazzolo. File also includes a print-out of two quotations by Nouwen that came with the copy of the N.C.R. article from Jack Howard.

Letters from John Garvey

File consists of copies of Nouwen's letters to John Garvey. The correspondence took place between 1970 and 1993. The 36 letters are typed for the most part, with the exception of two. One letter seems to have been exchanged per year, while there are several years for which no correspondence took place. The letters are friendly in tone, offer snapshots of Nouwen's state of mind, as well as his whereabouts. Occasionally the letters exchange intellectual ideas on such issues as celibacy, marriage, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the writings of Flannery O'Connor. File also includes two letters from John Mogabgab who assisted Nouwen with the preparation and teaching of the course on Heyschasm. Garvey appears to have been instrumental in encouraging Nouwen to develop this course on the eastern spirituality and the Desert Fathers.

A second folder consists of 22 original letters from Nouwen to John Garvey (two of which are hand-written), and one letter from John Garvey. The second folder also includes a photograph of an unidentified woman carrying an infant on her back, taken in Bolivia on December 28, 1982, with an inscription by Nouwen on the verso. Also included in the file are two letters from John Mogabgab to John Garvey. Letters in the second folder include:

  • Typed letter from Henri to John – February 25, 1993
  • Typed letter from Henri to John and Maria Garvey – November 30, 1993
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – June 29, 1990
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – November 7, 1988
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – November 22, 1987
  • Typed letter from John to Henri – December 10, 1987
  • Typed letter from Mabel Treadwell to John – October 3, 1984
  • Typed letter from Henri to Jon – September 14, 1984
  • Handwritten letter from Henri to John – August 10, 1983
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – August 14, 1982
  • Handwritten letter from Henri to John – January 27, 1982. Attached is a photograph with the inscription “for the Garvey Family: With many thanks for your constant prayers, Henri. Picture take in Bolivie on Dec. 28, 1982”
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – September 24, 1981
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – January 21, 1981
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – November 13, 1979
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – September 18, 1979
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – November 8, 1979
  • Typed letter from Henri to John and Regina – July 22, 1979
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – April 10, 1979
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – March 11, 1979
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – February 27, 1979
  • Typed letter from Henri to John – December 20, 1978
  • Typed letter from Henri to Todd – August 17, 1976
  • Typed letter from Henri to John and Regina – June 26, 1970
  • Typed letter from John Mogabgab to John Garvey (copy to Henri) – May 30, 1970.

Marshall McLuhan Collection

  • CA ON00389 C6
  • Collection
  • 1936-2019, predominant 1936-1970

Collection consists of monographs, articles, copies of articles, reviews and newspaper clippings written by and surrounding Marshall McLuhan. These records were collected and compiled by James Feeley in an effort to create a Marshall McLuhan bibliography; from 1962 until his death in 1993, Feeley worked on McLuhan's bibliography, with help from McLuhan's secretary Mrs. M. Stewart.

The Marshall McLuhan Collection is arranged into nine series:

  1. Published Material Written by McLuhan
  2. Book Reviews Written by Marshall McLuhan
  3. Conference Proceedings Written by Marshall McLuhan
  4. Published Material Written about Marshall McLuhan
  5. Interviews with Marshall McLuhan
  6. Reviews of Books Written by Marshall McLuhan
  7. Reviews of Books Written About Marshall McLuhan
  8. Copies of the Varsity/University of Toronto Graduate featuring Explorations
  9. Ephemera – Book Jackets; Advertisements/Pamphlets; Transcripts; Unpublished Materials Written by Marshall McLuhan

McLuhan, Marshall

W year 2000

File consists of correspondence to and from various individuals whose last name or organization begins with W. The correspondents include: Caroline Wales; Monique Walrave; Tina Fryling of L’Arche Erie regarding Lon Whitman; John H. Wilkinson; Sylvia Will; Chris Wilson; Dr. Larry J. Waters; Weavings; David Wirka.

M year 2000

File consists of correspondence from various individuals whose last name begins with M. The correspondents include: Diane Marshall, Vigani don Sandro, Jesmond Micallef, George Marchinowski, and Barry McGrory. Also in the file are copies of personal letters written by Henri Nouwen to Bob and Dana Massie; an invoice from Mustard Seed Productions for Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen: Loving with God in Modern America; and a Italian manuscript, accompanying the letter from don Sandro, titled “Alcune Riflessioni Sulla Verita’ a Partire dal Pensiero di Henri J.M. Nouwen”.

D - year 2000

File consists of an email from Joan Duffy at the Yale Divinity School Library regarding a “Celebration to Honor Legacy: Henri Nouwen” event that took place on January 22, 2000. File also includes correspondence from Peggy Dietz to Sue Mosteller and Kathy Christie.

C - year 2000

File consists of correspondence from individuals with ‘C’ names regarding a variety of topics including requests for materials; speaking invitations for Sue Mosteller; and well wishes. Also in the file is the contact information for Philip Coulter. Appearing in the file are letters from:

Sr. M. Vincent de Paul of Sacred Heart Convent
Cindy Zoellick
Dolores and T.J. Cavagnaro
Gilles Cote
Pamela J. Cushing
Maria Zeimen of L’Arche Chicago
[Philemon Chin?]
Mary E. Cunningham Agee
Fran de la Chapelle

Beumer, Jurgen

  • CA ON00389 C3-6-2-19
  • File
  • 1996-1999, predominant 1998
  • [இதன்] பகுதியானHenri Nouwen Collection

File consists of correspondence between and Jurjen Beumer, Sue Mosteller and Kathy Christie regarding the publication of Jurjen’s Henri Nouwen: A Restless Seeking for God and a potential visit to L’Arche Daybreak. Included in the file is a photocopy of a review of Beumer’s book from the November 1, 1997 edition of America.

Interview with Lieven Sercu

File consists of an interview with Lieven Sercu interviewed by Peter Naus in Tielt, Belgium. Sercu was from Lannoo Publishing, the publisher of the Dutch editions of Henri's books. There is no transcription available. File also includes a typescript of a history of the relationship between Nouwen and Lanno.

Dagboek 5 januari – 21 februari 1966

File consists of two copies of a typescript of Nouwen’s diary from January 5 to February 21, 1966, written while he was visiting various universities in the United States with an inscription on the title page. One copy was inscribed by Henri Nouwen.

Letters from Piet Hanemaaijer

  • CA ON00389 C3-2-23
  • File
  • June 19, 1993 - December 31, 1997
  • [இதன்] பகுதியானHenri Nouwen Collection

File consists of copies of three letters (one hand-written), a card, and a book inscription to Hanemaaijer from Nouwen. Includes copies of two letters to Nouwen from Hanemaaijer. Also includes an essay by Hanemaaijer regarding Nouwen written after his death entitled "De Beteken". Most material in Dutch.

Nouwen letter project phone call summaries

File consists of written summaries of phone calls between the Letter Project coordinator and those contacted as part of the Letter Project. If the phone call was shorter or there was relatively little to note, the result of the conversation was only noted in the Letter Project Excel document.

Folder 1
1) Adolphsen Brame, Grace
2) Aman, Lenore (wife of Aman, Ken)
3) Ayer, Jutta
4) Babcock, Geraldine
5) Brackman, Ted
6) Brignoli, Lyn
7) Bussiere, Sandra
8) Butler, Sr. Elizabeth
9) Carlson, Rev. Glen
10) Carr, John A.
11) Carson, Doug and Joanie
12) Chittick, Rev Thomas B.
13) Chrovsky, Rev. Andriy
14) Chrisman, Amy (daughter of Beehler, Carolyn)
15) Clark, Rev Kelly and Priscilla
16) Cotter, Graham
17) de Pous, Martin
18) Dorman, Frank
19) Duncombe, David
20) Eddy, Rev Kathy
21) Evenrud, Jerry
22) Farnham, Suzanne
23) Faus, Nancy
24) Ferrigan, Fr. Robert
25) Freeman, Henry
26) Galadza, Olenka
27) Gilbert, Marty
28) Goldstein, John
29) Grol, Lini Richarda
30) Helfrich, Fr. Tom OSFS
31) Hesterberg, Rev. Paul
32) Hokanson, Rudolf
33) Hovde, Howard
34) Ingells, Carol
35) Jochum von Moltke, Veronica
36) Jones, Dr. Ann (actually spoke to Lux, Mary)
37) Knoble, Susanna
38) Kronstein, Mary Ellen
39) Ladley, Peter and Pat
40) Leinenweber, John
41) Lewis, Tilman
42) Malandra, Jan
43) Massie, Robert
44) McCrane, Rev. Gerard
45) McNally Fitzpatrick, Elaine
46) McTernan, Kevin
47) Miles, Mollie
48) Minarovich, Elizabeth
49) Morrison, Fr. Doug
50) Munn, Jean Louis
51) O'Brien, Dan
52) Odien, Terry
53) Olfson, Lewy
54) O'Neill, Fr. Dennis
55) Perabo, Eugene A.
56) Peterson, Ralph E.
57) Planchet, Gerard
58) May, Robert M.
59) Postema, Don
60) Rutledge, Bambi
61) Ruybalid, Mariana
62) Sforza-Cesarini, Lorenzo
63) Sipe, Richard
64) Shaffer, Kathy
65) Tassinari, Anthony
66) Udell, Rev. Lee and Sue
67) White, Richard Alan
68) Wulsin, Rev. Stockton
69) Youngchild, Gregory
70) Zak, Jean

Folder 2
1) Doolen, Mary
2) Gonichelis, Rev. Ralph
3) Mahr, Ruth
4) McAlister, Liz (wife of the late Phil Berrigan)
5) McConaty, Brady
6) Ponsetto, Daniel
7) Schiebergen, A.
8) Sinke-van Kooten, Dineke (Dr. B.M.)

Folder 3
1) Mary Mendenhall
2) Catherine Mondi
3) Lenore Nagy
4) Sr. Liberata Pellerin
5) Keith Reynolds
6) Joe Sarno
7) Eileen Smith
8) Mary Steenland
9) Warren Walkoff

Folder 4
1) Dr. John Santos
2) Mr. Gerard Bezdel
3) Michael Bentham
4) Brock Currie
5) Paulette Poirier
6) Fr. James Clifford
7) Lon Whitman
8) Sara Wright

Folder 5
1) Sofia Oscco-Moreno
2) Eddie Sears and daughter Kathy (Sears) Hall
3) Dan O'Brien
4) Rev. Susan E. Cartmell

Letters from Elizabeth Emery

File consists of five letters written by Henri Nouwen to Elizabeth Emery from 1988 to 1992. Letter contents consist of the following:

  1. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 pages, and dated July 6, 1992. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for her card from Easter Point Retreat House (Gloucester, MA), and expresses happiness that she has experienced much healing. Nouwen concludes with reference to "The Return of the Prodigal Son," which he has enclosed. Letter is signed.
  2. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 page, and dated February 22, 1991. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for her letter, and expresses happiness that she has benefited from the Easter Point Retreat House (Gloucester, MA). In response to her request to recommend a Boston-based spiritual director, Nouwen suggests Emery contact Robert Jonas. Nouwen concludes by declining her invitation to speak at the EANE conference, and explaining his commitment to L'Arche Daybreak. Letter is signed.
  3. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 page, and dated June 1, 1990. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for her letter and expresses appreciation for learning more about her spiritual journey. He declines her invitation to speak at the EANE congress in January 1992 and other related activities, and explains his commitment to L'Arche Daybreak. Nouwen concludes by assuring Emery of his prayers for her. Letter is signed.
  4. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 page, and dated March 3, 1989. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for her letter and expresses appreciation for getting to know her better. He references their visit together in Cambridge and Emery's ministry, and suggests she might benefit from moving and taking new risks. Nouwen concludes by describing his car accident and recovery. Letter is signed.
  5. Letter to Elizabeth Emery from Henri Nouwen. Letter is typed, 1 page, and dated September 20, 1988. Nouwen is writing from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Emery for sharing her personal struggles, healing, and the role of God in her life. He describes his bout with physical and emotional exhaustion, including his departure and return to L'Arche Daybreak. Nouwen concludes with references to an icon he gave to Emery and an enclosed book (likely, "The Road to Daybreak"). Letter is signed.

Letter from Mary Frances Coady

File consists of a letter from Henri Nouwen to Mary Frances Coady dated November 24, 1986. Nouwen writes to Coady to thank her for an article Coady wrote on Nouwen in the New Catholic Times. The letter is on Daybreak letter and is signed by Nouwen. A photocopy of the article is included in the file.

Letter from Rt. Rev. Justin DuVall, OSB

File consists of one original typed letter, written by Nouwen to DuVall on the Daybreak letterhead. The letter was originally sent to DuVall along with the book "A Letter of Consolation."

Inscription from Willi Kirchmann

File consists of an original inscription by Nouwen to Willi Kirchmann, dated February 20, 1993. The inscription is in a German edition of "Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World" by Henri Nouwen.

Letters from Fr. Dennis O'Neill

File consists of one postcard handwritten by Henri Nouwen to O'Neill on January 30th, 1987 and one typed note referring to the book "Love in a Fearful Land" which Nouwen sent to O'Neill.

Letters from Richard Alan White

File consists of approximately 38 letters, as well as, typescripts and blank postcards. This correspondence occurred between July 15, 1972 and June 30, 2006. A chronological list and description follows:

  • a 9-page hand-written letter from Nouwen, undated but mentions that Nouwen is flying to San Francisco. Letter is written on 19.7 (7 3/4 ") x 14.8 cm (5 13/16") creamy beige paper.
  • 1 page (both sides) typed letter dated July 15, 1972 on Instituto de Idiomas | Padres de Maryknoll letterhead.
  • 1 page (both sides) typed letter dated July 22, 1972 on Instituto de Idiomas letterhead.
  • 1 page typed letter dated July 24, 1972 on Instituto de Idiomas letterhead.
  • 1 page (both sides) typed letter dated July 29, 1972 on Instituto de Idiomas letterhead.
  • 1 page typed letter dated August 12 (presumably 1972) on Insinuator de Idiomas letterhead.
  • 1 page hand-written letter (undated) addressed by Nouwen as "For Richard, Nanci, Lou Suzanne".
  • 1 page (both sides) typed letter dated [May? "mei"] 20, 1973. Nouwen says he is writing from Holland.
  • 1 page (both sides) hand-written letter dated July 19, 1974. Letter written on Abbey of the Genesee letter head and is 21.6 cm (8 1/2") x 14 cm (5 1/2 ").
  • 5 page (single side) hand-written letter dated September 1, 1974. Letter written on Abbey of the Genesee letter head and is 21.6 cm (8 1/2") x 14 cm (5 1/2 ").
  • 9 page (single side) hand-written letter dated October 14 [annotation by RAW may be '74].
  • 1 page (double sided) typed letter dated August [28?], 1975.
  • 1 'Giant Post Card' of the Abbey of the Genesee dated March 18, 1979 measuring 22.7cm (8 15/16 ") x 17.1cm (6 3/4").
  • 2 page (single sided) hand-written letter dated September 15, 1979 on Abbey of the Genesee letter head measuring 21.6 cm (8 1/2") x 14 cm (5 1/2 ").
  • 1 page (single sided) handwritten letter dated December 16, 1974(1979?) on "Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey" letterhead.
  • A copy of a 2-page typed letter dated September 24, 1974 from RAW.
  • 2 page (single sided) hand-written letter dated December 14, 1974 on "Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey" letterhead.
  • 2 page (double-sided) magazine article by William Sloane Coffin, "Coffin on Leave: An activist chaplain spends a pacific year away from Yale". Nouwen has annotated this article "Yale Alumni Magazine December 1974".
  • 1 page hand-written letter (single side) dated December 6, 1974 on "Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey" letterhead.
  • 1 page hand-written letter (single sided) dated December [5? 8?] 1974 on "Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey" letterhead.
  • 1 page hand-written letter (single sided) dated November 26, 1974 on "Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey" letterhead.
  • 1 page handwritten letter (single sided) dated November 18, 1974 on "Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey" letterhead.
  • 2 page handwritten letter (single sided) dated November 1, 1974 on "Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey" letterhead.
  • 1 page (single sided) typed letter dated July 28, 1975 on Yale University letterhead measuring 14 cm (5 1/2") x 21.6 cm (8 1/2").
  • 2 page (one double-sided) typed letter dated September 5, 1975 on Yale University letterhead measuring 14 cm (5 1/2 ") x 21.5 cm (8 1/2 ")
  • Photocopy of a newspaper article regarding the death of 23-year old jockey Elizabeth Anne Canning.
  • 1 page typed letter (double-sided) dated [April? September?] 3, 1979 on Yale University letterhead.
  • 1 page typed letter (single sided) dated June 30, 2006 on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead.
  • 1 page typed letter (single sided) dated September 10, 1993 on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead.
  • 1 page typed letter (single sided) dated October 19, 1993 on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead.
  • 1 page typed letter (single sided) dated November 10, 1993 on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead.
  • Pages 2-6 of a hand-written letter (single sided) of unknown date. This letter is missing its first page.
  • A 2 page (single-sided) typed letter dated January 17, 1994 on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead.
  • 1 page (single-sided) typed letter dated June 15, 1994 on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead.
  • 1 page (single-sided) typed letter dated June 21, 1994 on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead.
  • 1 page (single-sided) typed letter dated October 21, 1994 on "L'Arche Daybreak 1969-1994" letterhead.
  • 2 page (single-sided) typed letter dated December 15, 1994 on "L'Arche Daybreak 1969-1994" .
  • 1 page (single-spaced) typed letter dated March 21, 1995 on "L'Arche Daybreak 1969-1994" letterhead.
  • 1 page (single-spaced) typed letter dated May 16, 1995 on "L'Arche Daybreak 1969-1994" letterhead.
  • 2 page (single-spaced) typed letter dated January 13, 1995 on "L'Arche Daybreak 1969-1994" letterhead.
  • 3 page hand-written letter (single-spaced) dated February 10, 1996 on heavily water-damaged paper.
  • Copy of Nouwen's 27 page (single-sided) typescript "Compassion: a study inspired by the life and the works of Vincent Van Gogh. December 16 - January 3. 1975-76" annotated "For Richard with love from Henri". [Only photocopied first page as rest of typescript is un annotated by either RAW or HN].
  • 25 page typed copy of RAW's third chapter (of his thesis?) "Nuclear Man: In Search For Liberation". Unannotated.
  • Copy of newspaper articles on the death of Elizabeth Anne Canning [Elizabeth Canning Healy], a professional jockey. Page leaf measures 21.5 cm (8 1/5 ") x 14.9 cm (5 7/8").
  • 3 blank postcards from The Abbey of the Genesee
  • 1 empty air mail envelope addressed to RAW, postmarked December 31,1973. Nouwen's return address is a Dutch address.
  • A copy of "Daybreak Newsbreak" newsletter for Winter 1994.
  • Empty business-sized envelope from L'Arche Daybreak post-marked June 30, 1993.
  • An empty manilla envelope addressed to RAW from HN at the Abbey of the Genesee , postmarked October 17, 1974.
  • An empty airmail envelope addressed to RAW from HN at the Abbey of the Genesee postmarked September 3, 1974.

Letter from Charlotte Ottow Bomhard

File consists of one original letter written by Nouwen to Ottow Bomhard on Daybreak letter head, dated January 31, 2010. Ottow Bomhard discovered Henri's Birthday while reading one of his books. She is a big fan, has many of his books, and took the occasion to write him a Birthday greeting on January 8, 1991.

Letter from Constance Hammond

File consists of an original, typed letter written from Nouwen to Hammond, on the Daybreak letterhead. Letter is dated December 23, 1991.

Letters from Gene K. Hoffman

File consists of nine letters between Henri Nouwen and Gene K. Hoffman. Hoffman maintained correspondence with Nouwen from 1978 until 1996, often exchanging manuscripts and advice. She met Nouwen formally through the Fellowship of Reconciliation as a staff member and Nouwen contributed to the Fellowship of Reconciliation as a speaker and supporter.

Letters from D. Stan Brown

File consists of correspondence between Nouwen and Brown from 1990 to 1994, consisting of five letters from Nouwen, and six letters from Brown. There is also one letter from Brown to Connie Ellis.

Inscription from Kay McNeil

File consists of a photocopy of an inscription by Nouwen written in "With Burning Hearts."

Letters from Cathy Hoekstra

File consists of photocopies of ten letters to Hoekstra from Nouwen. These letters were written while Nouwen was at L'Arche Daybreak. Letter contents consist of the following:

  1. July 18, 1995. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her letter. He tells her the celebration in June was wonderful, and Jean Vanier visited the community, and they put on the play "One Heart at a Time" for the North American L'Arche directors and representatives. He concludes by saying he is looking forward to his sabbatical and hopes it can be a good time "in which I can write some of the things that I want to write." Letter is signed.
  2. November 7, 1994. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her letter and generous donation. He says it was good to have her at L'Arche again, and hopes she will be able to return soon and stay longer. He feels that she is a part of their life [at L'Arche], and her love is "encouraging and supportive." He concludes by thanking her for her friendship. Letter is signed.
  3. March 3, 1994. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her letter and says he was sorry to hear that she had been depressed, but is happy to know that she has placed her trust in a loving and forgiving God. He says, "I know from my own experience, how hard it is to hold on to that in moments of sadness and darkness." He concludes by saying that his life has recently been full of travelling, and will be very busy in the coming months visiting L'Arche communities and fundraising for the Dayspring. Letter is signed.
  4. April 5, 1993. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her letter and her contribution to the Dayspring. He tells her he had to decline Dan Pierson's invitation, as he is overwhelmed with requests, and must refuse more and more. He concludes by saying his trip to Europe was enjoyable, and he wrote a short book about death and dying. Letter is signed.
  5. December 23, 1992. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her Dutch Christmas gifts, as they brought back good memories of his Dutch Christmases. He concludes by saying that he will soon leave for Europe for two months. He hopes to find time and energy to write new things, and hopes that Hoekstra has a good Christmas season. He sends greetings from Elizabeth and Sue. Letter is signed.
  6. November 27, 1992. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her contribution to the Dayspring fund. He tells her he just returned from San Francisco and attended a conference on art and religion. He concludes by promising to tell her about it one day, and wishes her a joyous Advent season. Letter is signed.
  7. November 11, 1992. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for sending him "Good Friday." He says he was unfamiliar with the text, and is glad to have it. He likes having the Dutch text so he can compare the translation and the original. He concludes by saying "the book certainly brings me much closer to Rembrandt's history." Letter is signed.
  8. July 24, 1992. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her letter and the Dutch goodies she sent. He says everyone at the Dayspring has enjoyed the treats, and he is sending the licorice to his trapeze friends. He tells her that he is recovering from a week in the hospital because of a dangerous infection. He says he is gradually getting his strength back, and his community has warned him not to accept new speaking engagements because they are concerned for his health. He concludes by thanking her for her visit, and saying she and Madeline are fondly remembered. Letter is signed.
  9. March 5, 1992. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her letter and says he will pray for her as she leaves her nursing job and enters full-time work in Church ministry. He says he is glad she is doing independent study of Jean Vanier's writing, and says it will help her "deepen your own spiritual journey and become more aware of where God is calling you." He concludes by saying he just returned from a trip to France and England and is now living in the community for Lent. Letter is signed.
  10. December 2, 1991. Typed and 1 page. Letter was written from L'Arche Daybreak (on Daybreak letterhead). Nouwen thanks Hoekstra for her letter and says he just returned from Europe. He is glad she was touched during her visit to L'Arche. He concludes by hoping that she will have the strength to face her mother's situation, and to give her mother to God. He says "don't give in to your feelings of inadequacy, but keep thinking of yourself as the truly beloved daughter of God." Letter is signed.

Letters from the Chicago Sunday Evening Club

File consists of five original letters written by Nouwen on Daybreak letterhead to David K. Hardin and Robert D. Black from the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.

1) Dated November 21, 1989 written to David K Hardin
2) Dated September 30, 1991 written to David K. Hardin
3) Dated November 22, 1991 written to David K. Hardin
4) Dated November 26, 1992 written to David K. Hardin
5) Dated March 11, 1994 written to Robert D. Black

Letters from Rev. Tilden H. Edwards

File consists of three letters:

  • July 6, 1985 copy of a letter written to "Friends" by Henri Nouwen. Harvard Divinity School letterhead
  • November 15, 1988 copy of a letter written to Gerald G. May by Henri Nouwen. Daybreak letterhead
  • February 21, 1989 copy of a letter written to Tilden Edwards by Henri Nouwen. Daybreak letterhead.

Letters from Robert M. May

File consists of 7 letters from Henri Nouwen to Robert M. May:

  • June 25, 1985, original, one-page, typed letter from Peter Weiskel to May. Weiskel writes in his position as Assistant to Henri J.M. Nouwen, on the Harvard Letterhead
  • July 6, 1985, original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to his "Friends." Written on the Harvard Letter head. Staple in the top left corner.
  • April 24, 1989 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead
  • May 24, 1989 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead
  • September 5, 1990 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead
  • November 5, 1990 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead
  • December 4, 1990 original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to May. Written on the Daybreak Letterhead.

Letter from Ed Dwyer

File consists of an original, typed letter written from Henri Nouwen to Ed Dwyer on the Daybreak letterhead. Letter is dated January 10, 1991.

Letters from Henk Egbers

  • CA ON00389 C3-2-118
  • File
  • November 22, 1982 - May 21, 1993
  • [இதன்] பகுதியானHenri Nouwen Collection

File consists of correspondence between Henri Nouwen and Henk Egbers from November 22, 1982 to May 21, 1993. The letters were sent and received from a variety of locations, including Peru, the Netherlands and Canada. Letter contents consist of the following:

  1. Letter written by Henri Nouwen to Henk Egbers. The letter is handwritten by Nouwen and it is dated November 22, 1982. Nouwen wrote from Lima, Peru. The letter is written in Dutch.
  2. Letter written by Henri Nouwen to Henk Egbers. The letter is handwritten by Nouwen and it is dated November 26, 1982. Nouwen wrote from Lima, Peru. The letter is written in Dutch.
  3. Letter written by Connie Ellis, on behalf of Nouwen, to Henk Egbers. The letter typed and it is dated May 21, 1991. The letter is signed by Ellis from L'Arche Daybreak and is written in English. The letter discusses pamphlets that Nouwen sent to Egbers.
  4. Letter written by Henri Nouwen to Henk Egbers. The letter is typed and it is dated July 19, 1991. The letter was signed by Nouwen, was written in English and was sent from L'Arche Daybreak. The letter discusses an inquiry that Egbers made regarding the connection between Nouwen's Uncle Toon and Professor Beel. Nouwen provides Egbers with contact information for his father.
  5. Letter written by Henk Egbers to Henri Nouwen. The letter is typed and it is dated November 21, 1991. The Letter was sent from the Netherlands and is written in Dutch.
  6. Letter written by Henri Nouwen to Henk Egbers. The letter is typed and it is dated July 19, 1991. The letter was signed by Nouwen, was written in English and was sent from L'Arche Daybreak.

Letters from An Canjels-Stenmans

File consists of one letter from Nouwen to An Canjels-Stenmans and Leo Canjels from September 9, 1992. File also contains one inscription handwritten by Nouwen in the book "De Woestijn zal bloeien" (Dutch translation of "The Way of the Heart"). Inscription is from March 1990 and is in Dutch and signed "Harrie Nouwen."

Letter from Rev. Anthony P. Palazzolo

File consists of a copy of one letter from Nouwen to Reverend Anthony P. (Tony) Palazzolo from December 1, 1993, in response to a letter from Palazzolo.

Inscription from Barbara Stetson

File consists of one copy of the book Here and Now: Living in the Spirit. This particular copy was sent by Nouwen to Barbara Stetson in January 1995. Book contains an inscription to Stetson by Nouwen. Inscription is handwritten, 1 page, and dated January 1995. In the inscription, Nouwen thanks Stetson for her letter and her Psalm poems. He writes "I send you this book simply to say that there is so much to write about. Mostly simple, daily things." He goes on to say he write pieces that came directly out of his own life in Here and Now. He concludes with encouragement that Stetson continue to write and he says, "The real subject of writing is what is close to your heart." Inscription is signed.

Letters from Stephen Johnsrud

File consists of ttwo letters from Henri Nouwen to Johnsrud from 1981 and 1992, and one letter from Peter Weiskel to Johnsrud from 1984. File also contains one letter from Robert D. Francescone, Dean of Admissions at Maryknoll School of Theology, on behalf of Stephen Johnsrud, to Yale Divinity School from June 22, 1994, saying Johnsrud would be a likely candidate for admission to Maryknoll School of Theology. Maryknoll School of Theology was closing in May 1995, so Johnsrud applied to Yale Divinity School. Nouwen initally wrote a recommendation for Johnsrud to attend Maryknoll. File also contains an inscription from Nouwen that was on a copy of a typescript of "A Spirituality of Peacemaking".

Letter from Thomas Helfrich OSFS

File consists of an original, typed letter written by Nouwen to Helfrich on the Daybreak letterhead from October 14, 1988. File also includes a photocopy of a preface written by Nouwen for the 1988 book: "Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal: Letter of Spiritual Direction." Part of the Classics of Western Spirituality Series. Editors Peronne Marie Thibert VHM, Wendy M. Wright, Joseph F. Power OSFS.

Letters from Rosl Stiefel

File consists of a photocopy of a book inscription, handwritten by Nouwen to Rosl Stiefel in January of 1991. The inscription was written in the book "Canvas of Love. Reflections on Rembrandt". File also contains a newspaper "Kirche in Bewegung" in which Stiefel recounts her experience of meeting Henri Nouwen in Freiburg, Germany in May of 1991.

Letters from Lorenzo Sforza-Cesarini

File consists of 34 items from Lorenzo Sforza-Cesarini including documents related to Daybreak, correspondence written by Henri Nouwen to Lorenzo Sforza-Cesarini, and a photograph of Sforza-Cesarini and Nouwen, taken by Jutta Ayer. Nouwen was Sforza-Cesarini's spiritual director at L'Arche Daybreak. Nouwen was in the beginning stages of writing a book about Sforza-Cesarini. Unfortunately Nouwen passed away before completing the project.

Details as follows:
1) Undated: Reflections in Preparation for the Visit of the Pastoral Accompaniment Team
2) Undated: Reflections on the Future of Dayspring [1992?]
3) Undated: short handwritten note card (picture of autumn trees on the front)
4) Undated: handwritten note card (photo of flower on front)
5) Undated: handwritten postcard (Van Gogh painting “Harvest Time” on front)
6) Undated: handwritten postcard – postcard is from Freiburg
7) Undated: handwritten note card – (photo of an icon on the front)
8) Jan 27, 1996 handwritten postcard (Flying Rodleighs on front)
9) October 3, 1995 handwritten fax
10) August, 1994 handwritten note card (with photo on front)
11) July 9, 1993 typed letter signed by Kathy Christie
12) July 3, 1993 handwritten fax
13) February 3, 1993 handwritten greeting card
14) Jan 23, 1993 handwritten letter
15) November 16, 1992 Daybreak Pastoral Team Vision Statement (written by Henri Nouwen)
16) November 24, 1992 typed letter in the name of the Community Council (L’Arche Daybreak)
17) August 8, 1992 handwritten letter
18) June 29, 1992 typed letter, two pages
19) June 10, 1992 typed letter
20) September 26, 1991 (to all members of Daybreak on behalf of the Spiritual Life Committee)
21) April 1991 hand written postcard
22) April 18, 1991 typed letter
23) December 1990 hand written note card (photo on front)
24) January 28, 1990 handwritten postcard (trees of front)
25) December 21, 1989 short typed letter
26) September 21, 1989 short typed letter
27) August 10, 1989 hand written greeting card with picture of an icon on the front
28) March 3, 1989 handwritten greeting card
29) January 24, 1989 typed letter
30) November 2, 1988 hand written note card (picture of water on the front)
31) April 15, 1988 Hand written postcard (Manitoba farm on front)
32) March 31, 1988 typed letter
33) November 20, 1987 short typed letter
Photograph:
34) Undated photograph: Lorenzo Sforza-Cesarini and Henri Nouwen sitting on a green lawn.

Letters from James Luther Adams

File consists of copies of correspondence between Henri Nouwen and James Luther Adams. Details as follows:
1) July 6, 1985 typed letter from Nouwen to "Friends" HDS letterhead
2) October 30th 1985 hand-written letter from Nouwen to Adams. 3 pages.
3) Undated hand-written post-card from Nouwen to Adams
4) Undated hand-written post-card from Nouwen to Adams
5) April 30, 1986 typed letter from Nouwen to "Friends" written from Maryknoll Residence
6) October 4, 1986 typed letter from Adams to Nouwen
7) February 7, 1989 typed letter from Adams to Nouwen
8) February 17, 1989 typed letter from Nouwen to Adams. Daybreak letterhead
9) March 14, 1989 typed letter from Adams to Nouwen
10) April 20, 1990 typed letter from Nouwen to Adams

Letters from Thaddeus J. Trenn

File consists of handwritten and typed correspondence between Henri Nouwen and Thaddeus J. Trenn.

Letters from Hans Zellenrath

File consists of four letters and one postcard from Henri Nouwen to Hans Zellenrath:

  • February 1984, an original hand written postcard from Nouwen to Zellenrath. The postcard is from Harvard, and the note is written in Dutch.
  • May 4, 1998, an original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to Zellenrath. The letter is written in English on the Daybreak letterhead.
  • November 17, 1988, an original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to Zellenrath. The letter is written in English on the Daybreak letterhead.
  • November 23, 1990, an original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to Zellenrath and his wife, Marinus. The letter is written in English on the Daybreak letterhead.
  • May 29, 1991 an original, one-page, typed letter from Nouwen to Zellenrath and his wife, Marinus. The letter is written in English on the Daybreak letterhead.

Letters from Louis and Maria ter Steeg

File consists of handwritten and typed letters from Henri Nouwen to Maria and Louis ter Steeg. File also includes Nouwen's ordination prayer card dated 1957 and documents concerning the celebration of Nouwen's 25th Anniversary in the Netherlands on December 11, 1982. Celebration documents include a general letter from Laurent Nouwen, dated November 10, 1982; a double sided postcard advertising the event; the order of service for the ceremony; the words of a song, entitled "Henri's song."

Details on letters:

  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Louis ter Steeg. Dated July 24, 1970. Written in Dutch on Holy Cross letterhead. 2 pages
  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Maria ter Steeg. Dated April 4, 1971. 1 page. No letterhead. Written in Dutch.
  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Louis and Maria ter Steeg. Dated Feb 14, 1974. Written in Dutch on Yale Divinity School (YDS) Letter head.
  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Louis and Maria ter Steeg. Dated Jan 27, 1977. YDS letterhead. 2 pages
  • Original typed letter from Nouwen to Maria and Louis ter Steeg. Dated May 31, 1977. YDS letterhead. 2 pages.
  • Original typed letter from John Mogabgab to Louis ter Steeg. Dated June 23, 1977. YDS letterhead. 1 page, written in English.
  • Original hand written letter from Nouwen to Maria and Louis ter Steeg. Dated Nov 7, 1984. Written on L'Arche Trosly-Breuil card.

Letters from Beth Lynes

File consists of letters from Henri Nouwen addressed to Beth Lynes and Nick Glenn from 1989 - 1991. File also contains handouts from the Lynes-Glenn family baptisms.

Letters from Gabriele Beuscher

File consists of a photocopy of one letter from Henri Nouwen to Gabriele Beuscher from 1991. File also contains one photocopy of an inscription from Nouwen to Beuscher.

Letter from Thomas Peter Tibbetts

File consists of one letter from Nouwen to Tibbetts from 1988. Nouwen is writing regarding criticism sent by Tibbetts regarding the book Behold the Beauty of the Lord. Tibbetts and Henri Nouwen corresponded briefly in 1988 regarding Nouwen's book, Behold the Beauty of the Lord.

Letter from Richard Griffin

File consists of one letter from Nouwen to Griffin from 1987. In it, Nouwen writes about his friendship with Griffin and about Griffin's criticisms about "Behold the Beauty of the Lord."

Letters from Stephen Larson

File consists of one letter to from Nouwen to Rev. Kenneth C. Kuhn, one letter from Nouwen to Stephen Larson, and two letters from Laurent Nouwen to Stephen Larson. The two letters from Henri Nouwen were written declining speaking invitations, and the two letters from Laurent Nouwen were written after the death of Henri regarding Henri and his legacy.

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