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William George Browne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00192C
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1803 - 1809

This collection contains research materials and notes related to Browne’s travels as well as correspondence.

Arrangement:
Contains Series:
Series 1: Papers copied and translated
Series 2: Additional miscellaneous matter for 2nd voyage

Browne, William George

Interview with Wim Wolters

File consists of an interview with Wim Wolters interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands. Wolters is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist living in the Netherlands; he was a friend of Nouwen's. There is an envelope and note in the file from Wolters to Joe Vorstermans that accompanied the photograph. Two interviews were conducted by Naus. The interviews are transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy; two hard copies of the April 27, 2005 interview are available. All recordings and transcriptions are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: 15/06/04 "This was for me the most fascinating of the interviews because of the rather extensive analysis Wim put forth regarding Henri's personality and work. He is clinical psychologist with a psychoanalytic background who knew Henri for a long time and considered himself a close friend. He also knew Henri's family very well. Before the interview started we discussed briefly his ethical concerns about discussing impressions of Henri. I told him that in interviews and pieces I had written about Henri I had been guided by two considerations: not to divulge anything about Henri that was not already in the public domain and to protect as much as possible the privacy of Henri's family". 24/04/05 "Wim is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He is still active as a therapist and he is a member of a number of advisory boards a governing councils. I interviewed him last year as well because he and his wife, Milene, are long-time friends of Henri. This time around I wanted to focus on Henri's homosexuality because he had not said much about it in the first interview. He believes rather strongly that the emphasis should be on Henri's impact on people and how he changed the lives of many. As he stated in the tape, Henri's homosexuality as such is not a big issue, but that he did not come to grips with it is. Yet, it would be entirely inappropriate to interpret Henri's writing as the expression of a frustrated, neurotic gay person. One should not hide his homosexuality nor draw undue attention to it". File also includes letters between Wim Wolters and the Nouwen family in Dutch from 1962-1997.

Interview with Rene van Eyden

File consists of an interview with Rene van Eyden interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands; van Eyden lives in the Netherlands. Two interviews were conducted by Peter Naus, June 9 2004 and April 29 2005. The interviews are transcribed and available electronically. All transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes for each interview are available in the file. They include: "June 9 2004, Rene was a few years ahead of Henri in the seminary. He gave an interesting description of Henri's physical bearing as a seminarian. He told delightful anecdotes about Henri's seminary years and his years at the University of Nijmegen. He had made notes ahead of time to help him stay on track in telling his story. He said little about Henri's shadow side. He obviously liked Henri very much but did not want to talk with as much affection about him as Louis ter Steeg did. It's puzzling that Rene has not been interviewed about Henri before because it is obvious that he has much information about him. I would like to interview him again with specific attention for his own family background and his perceptions of the more problematic aspects of Henri's work and personality. Perhaps Rene's wife, Akke, should be interviewed as well because of her experience in Latin America and how these compare with those Henri garnered at about the same time." "April 29, 2005, 'Rene is a former priest of the archdiocese of Utretcht and a long-time friend of Henri. He was also a colleague of him at the 'Katholike Theologische Hogeschool Utrecht'. I interviewed Rene last year, but wanted some more feedback from him on Henri's time at the 'Hogeschool' and also on Henri's weaker points. He again did not say much with respect to the latter, mainly because, I think, he simply is not the kind of person who tends to be critical of others. He gave some helpful insights into why Henri was not much respected by some of his fellow priests".

Interview with Ron van den Bosch

File consists of an interview with Ron van den Bosch interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands; van den Bosch lives in The Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All the transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: "Ron is a long-time friend of Henri and he provided photographs for three of Henri's earlier books. He is a painter. I met Ron in the early seventies, but had not had any contact with him since then. He gave an articulate account of his relationship with Henri and he spoke with much affection about him. He needed a little prompting. He made little reference to Henri's sexuality. Instead, he places much emphasis on his gratitude for Henri's friendship and on the fun they had together." The pictures discussed in the interview are available on cdrom at the archives.

Interview with Jan van den Bosch

File consists of an interview with Jan van den Bosch interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands. van den Bosch is an entrepreneur living in the Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and available electronically and in hard copy. All of the transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are available in the file. They include: "Jan is an entrepreneur who owns businesses in Holland as well as in the US. He used to work for a Dutch evangelical TV station and in this capacity he made several TV programs about Henri. In fact, Henri got his heart attack on the eve of a trip to St. Petersburg were he was to go with Jan to make a TV program featuring Rembrandt's painting of the Prodigal Son that figured so prominently in Henri's book 'The Return of the Prodigal Son'. It is rather remarkable that Jan, who comes from an ultraconservative, Protestant background, ever got interested in Henri's work, let alone became a close friend of him. Just like Ron van den Bosch, he reminded me sometimes of Henri because of the way he talked and gestured. Jan did not feel comfortable talking about Henri's homosexuality; I'm surprised he even mentioned it. Overall however, he was very cooperative and eager to give his impressions of Henri".

Interview with Maria ter Steeg

File consists of an interview with Maria ter Steeg interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands. ter Steeg is a theologian living in the Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All the transcriptions and recordings are only in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: "Maria was the first female pastor of the Dutch Roman Catholic radio station and she is currently a member of the governing council of the archdiocese of Utrecht. She got to know Henri mostly because he and her husband, Louis ter Steeg, were friends. She did not believe she had much to contribute to the project, but I found her observations very useful. She made a few suggestions as to why Henri was not much respected by some of his fellow priests in the Utrecht diocese. The one she stressed is that his socio-economic background set him apart. Where many of his fellow priests were lower or lower middle class, Henri was from an upper middle class to higher class family. She also made interesting comments about his attachment to Daybreak; she thought it may have been the first place where Henri made real connections with people. Her mother was a good friend of Henri's mother and Maria talked a little bit about what her mother had told her about Henri's family".

Interview with Louis ter Steeg

File consists of an interview with Louis ter Steeg interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands; ter Steeg lives in The Netherlands. Several typed letters from Nouwen on Holy Cross Fathers University of Notre Dame letterhead written to ter Steeg are in the file; they date 1970-1996 and are all in Dutch. There is one copy of handwritten letter from Nouwen to ter Steeg dated 1984. The interview is transcribed and is available electronically or in hard copy. All transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file, "Louis, who was a close friend of Henri, told a well-articulated, well-rounded story about Henri and himself. Louis was a few years behind Henri in seminary. He sketched well Henri's position among his fellow-seminarians. Louis got very emotional a few times when talking about Henri's problems. If there is a follow-up visit to Holland, it might be worthwhile to interview Louis' wife, Maria. She is very familiar with Henri's publications, in fact translated some of them into Dutch, I think, and might have some insightful things to say about the impact of Henri's writings in Holland".

Interview with Jan ter Laak

File consists of an interview with Jan ter Laak interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands. ter Laak is a former Roman Catholic Priest and former secretary general of Pax Christie, a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, human security, disarmament and demilitarisation, just world order and religion and violent conflict. The interview is transcribed and available electronically and in hard copy. All transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: "Jan is a former priest of the archdiocese of Utrecht; he was in the seminary a few years after Henri. Since his retirement from the position of secretary of Pax Christie The Netherlands, he has been working for a number of Dutch human rights organizations. Jan is gay and my impression is that he served as a confident to Henri who discussed his struggles with homosexuality with him. In the interview, Jan brought Henri's homosexuality to the fore. He believes Henri's restlessness and fatigue were related to his sexual struggles. Going by Jan's information, there is no doubt Henri engaged in sexual encounters, with one man in particular. Jan did not reveal this man's identity but suggested he be interviewed for the project. Presumably Jan is willing to provide the contact, if necessary. I think Jan and I had an excellent rapport which enabled him to talk rather freely. He sent me an email after to let me know he thought we had a good interview".

Interview with Cardinal Adrianus Simonis

File consists of an interview with Cardinal Adrianus Simonis interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands. The print of Cardinal Simonis is from the shoulder up wearing his clerical collar; the background is blurry. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All recordings and transcriptions are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are available in the file. They include: "I was pleasantly surprised the Cardinal decided to keep the appointment for the interview, despite having returned from Rome a couple of days before. I wonder if Maria ter Steeg put in a good word for me. At any rate, the interview went well, except it was a little rushed because the Cardinal arrived late and had an appointment immediately following our session. He was self-assured and did not hesitate to give his opinion on Henri and his publications. He is no fan of the latter, although his comments about Henri were rather positive! I prompted him to talk at some length about the changes in Dutch Roman Catholicism after the Second Vatican Council, because these changes are part of the context in which Henri decided to leave Holland for good. The Cardinal has a reputation of being rather conservative - he prefers to call it 'orthodox' - and the interview illustrates it rather well. He was quite amiable and willing to participate in the project".

Interview with Paul Nouwen

File consists of an interview with Paul Nouwen interviewed by Paul Naus in the Netherlands. Paul Nouwen is Nouwen's brother and he lives in the Netherlands. The print is of Paul Nouwen dressed formally and posed in front of a painting; the picture is taken from his shoulders up. The interview is transcribed and available electronically and in hard copy. All transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are available in the file. They include: "Unfortunately because of a mix-up our interview started almost an hour late and Paul seemed a little discombobulated as a result. The interview also had to be shortened because of another appointment Paul had made. Much of the interview was focused on his disappointment about the lack of contact between himself and his brother and sister. Although he expressed much affection for Henri and indicated to have much respect for his publications, he had some critical things to say about him as well. A day or so later, Paul phoned me to tell me how much he enjoyed the interview, and especially the fact that he had been allowed to tell his story without being interrupted by questions. He also noted that he had no idea ahead of time that he was going to talk about his disappointment and sadness regarding the strained relationship with his brother and sister."

Interview with Laurien Nouwen

File consists of an interview with Laurien Nouwen interviewed by Peter Naus in the Netherlands. Laurien Nouwen is Nouwen's sister and lives in The Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and is available electronically or in hard copy. All transcriptions and audio recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are available in the file. They include: "Henri's sister did not provide much new information but it was nevertheless valuable to get her impressions of her famous brother, especially since she does not consider herself to be a very spiritual person".

Interview with Sjeng Kremers

File consists of an interview with Sjeng Kremers interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands. Kremers is a retired teacher in The Netherlands who had formerly taught Nouwen. The interview is transcribed and is available electronically and in hard copy. All transcriptions and audio recordings are in Dutch. Brief English comments from the interviewer are found in the file. They include: "I had chosen Sjeng because he directed some projects Henri was involved in as a student. I also hoped he would be able to provide a bit of a description of the Psychology program at the University of Nijmegen that was in place when Henri was a student and Sjeng a member of the faculty. I was not disappointed in my expectations. I believe Sjeng provided some valuable information about qualities of Henri that are relatively unknown".

Kenneth Douglas Taylor fonds

  • CA ON00399 89
  • collection
  • 1934-2020

The fonds consists of records pertaining to Ken Taylor’s career in the foreign service, as well as records related to his personal life.

Fonds is comprised of the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Personal records
Series 3: Professional records
Series 4: Records relating to diplomacy
Series 5: Media and news clippings
Series 6: Awards and honours
Series 7: Ephemera and memorabilia
Series 8: Audio-visual records
Series 9: Graphic material
Series 10: Records relating to Pat Taylor

Taylor, Kenneth Douglas

Eva Kushner fonds

  • CA ON00399 44
  • collection
  • 1937-2007, predominant 1960-2001

The fonds consists of the following series:

Series 1: Records relating to publications, 1961-2004
Series 2: Articles, addresses and related records,1950-2003
Series 3: Personal records, 1937-2004
Series 4: Records relating to professional activities and teaching, 1952-2007

Kushner, Eva

Paul Antoine Bouissac fonds

  • CA ON00399 3
  • collection
  • 1955-2021

The fonds contains records of Paul Bouissac and consists of three series:

Series 1: Records relating to writing and academic work, 1955–2018
Series 2: Records relating to the Debord Circus and other circuses, 1955–1985
Series 3: Correspondence, [195-?]-2021

Bouissac, Paul Antoine

Interview with Boris Gudziak

File consists of an interview with Boris Gudziak interviewed by Joe Vorstermans in the Ukraine. Gudziak lives in the Ukraine and is a priest of the Lviv Archdiocese of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Gudziak met Nouwen as a graduate student at Harvard (Cambridge, MA). Gudziak remembers Nouwen for their comfortable friendship; morning prayers at Coach House at Harvard; in confession; visits at L'Arche Trosly (France) L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON) and with the Gavigans in England; Nouwen's advice on Gudizak's move to the Ukraine and Nouwen's intent to teach in the Ukraine after his L'Arche Daybreak sabbatical. Themes present in Gudziak's interview include the Second World War, Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, prayer life, relocation, revolution in Eastern Europe, depression, Nouwen's death and Nouwen's legacy. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy.

Interview with Toon Colen

File consists of an interview with Toon Colen interviewed by Peter Naus in Meerssen, The Netherlands. Colen was a member of a fraternity with Nouwen when they were young school children in The Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All transcriptions and audio recordings are only in Dutch. Brief English notes from interviewer are available in the file; they include: "Toon was a member of the 'dispuut' (fraternity) Henri belonged to as a student. He also organized trips to Israel and Greece with Henri during their time at university. Toon provided interesting information about these trips. He stayed in touch with Henri, although the connection was not as firm in recent years. He gave a very sensitive description of Henri's more problematic side and made some intriguing suggestions regarding the difference in impact of Henri's publications in Holland as compared to North America." There is a letter in the file from Colen to Joe Vorstermans regarding the return of photographs of Nouwen in Israel in the 1950s. File also includes photographs from Toon Colen of Peter Naus's trip to Ireland from June 2004.

Interview with Frederick de Bruyn

File consists of an interview with Frederick (Fic) de Bruyn interviewed by Peter Naus in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. de Bruyn lives in Amersfoort, The Netherlands and is a retired priest from the Archdiocese of Utrecht. de Bruyn met Nouwen at the Rijsenburg seminary (The Netherlands). The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All transcriptions and audio recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are available in the file. They include: “Fic is a retired priest from the archdiocese of Utretcht. He knew Henri from the Rijsenburg seminary, although he claimed he never got to know him all that well. He was also, like Henri, a member of the Newman club at seminary. He came across as a thoughtful, kind man who has weathered the storms in Dutch Roman Catholicism very well. His feelings about Henri's books were mixed; he thought Henri overly 'spiritualised' social problems, something he also noticed when he visited Henri in New York City somewhere in the seventies. I wish I could have talked some more with him about the climate in the Dutch Roman Church and how he had come to grips with it. He made several self deprecatory comments with respect to the interview and did not seem convinced by my assurances that his observations were very useful. I should mention also that he not respond initially to my request for an interview. I asked the assistance of another interviewee, Rene van Eyden, to convince him to participate."

Interview with Elizabeth Buckley

File consists of an interview with Elizabeth Buckley that took place in Richmond Hill, ON. The interviewer was Gabrielle Earnshaw. There is no transcription available.

Journal. "Notes by the Way."

Not as detailed as other journals. Mentions gradualness of revelation, university federation, policy of Toronto Mail.

Diaries and journals

Series consists of journals and diaries, 1846-1887, containing reflections/essays on various topics, predominantly religious and spiritual; daily activities and quotations .

The box of diaries and journals covers the period between 1846 and 1887, with most of the entries being made before 1870. The early diaries tend to be more reflective, revealing Nelles' reaction to his reading material and his inner spirtual thoughts; the later journals focus more on daily activities.

Daily Journal.

Discusses university question and Morley Punshon's arrival. Shows close relationship with his children.

Rowsell's Diary.

Most entries deal with family or college matters. Mentions petition against Professor William Kingston (mathematics and science).

Diary. Cobourg.

Detailed account of daily activities, readings and thoughts with good insight into family and college routines. Not as introspective as the early journals,but does have occasional statements of beliefs. Discusses Aylesworth controversy, doctrine of eternal misery, conscience and desire.

Journal. "Random Thoughts and Mental Records." vol.2.

Contains thoughts on a variety of topics such as the Trinity, mysticism, the Reformation, revelations, moderation, the Holy Spirit, atonement, and the dangers of sectarianism. Makes a number of generalizations about human nature.

Journal. "Random Thoughts and Mental Records." Toronto.

Contains a few quotations, some discussion of reading material. Most of journal concerned with self evaluation (state of his soul), with a general air of spiritual conflict. Discussion of state and church, relationship between scripture, reason, and nature, differences between unity and uniformity, tolerance for beliefs of others, good works, religious excitement. One of main themes is his aversion to creeds and suspicion of orthodoxy.

Journal. "Book of Random Thoughts on Speech. Public, or Private Conversation."

Contains skeleton of sermon, advice on public speaking and conversation, critical profile of Mr. Gemly's sermon in Port Hope, prayer, self culture, Christian evidence, logic, reading matter (especially Chalmers), remark about Egerton Ryerson. Writing marked by occasional tone of despair - Nelles very aware of his own shortcomings.

Journal. "Book of Random Thoughts."

Wesleyan University, Mount Pleasant, Newburgh, Port Hope, Toronto.
Contains quotations, musings, small essays, daily plans, rules of conduct, character sketches, and a description of 1847 Conference held in Toronto (with remarks about figures such as Dr. Alder and the Ryerson brothers). Touches on wide range of topics (most of which deal in some way with self improvement), also comments on future of Canada, the Conservative party, limitations of creeds, scripture interpretations, analysis of aspects of Wesleyan Methodism-especially an interesting section on holiness.

Nancy Nicol and Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights Fonds

  • CA ON00349 2019.020
  • collection
  • 1967 - 2016

The fonds is divided into 15 series broadly based around themes in Nancy Nicol's work. They include: Series 1: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights; Series 2: From Criminality to Equality; Series 3: Proud Lives; Series 4: Abortion Rights, The Struggle for Choice and A Choice for Irish Women; Series 5: Miniature Theatre; Series 6: And That’s Why I’m Leaving; Series 7: From Russia, In Love; Series 8: Pride and Resistance; Series 9: Mini Skools Pays Mini Wages; Series 10: Working for Piece Work Wages; Series 11: Migrante; Series 12: Sacrificial Burnings; Series 13: Let Poland Be Poland; Series 14: Awards, Reviews, and Publicity; and Series 15: Oral History

Nancy Nicol

[Juvenile Drama Collection]

  • CA OTUTF juvdra
  • Collection
  • 1811-1956

Collection comprises more than six thousand sheets of engravings and lithographs illustrating the characters and scenery from British and some European plays between 1810 and 1940.

Editorial cartoons

Series consists of Canadian editorial cartoons collected by Hershell Ezrin. Illustrators include Brian Gable, Andy Donato, and Patrick Corrigan. They cover various Ontario and federal political events such as 1995 referendum and former government aide Ms. Durcos’ comments regard President George Bush.

Collected bibliographic material

Series consist of books and publications given to Mr. Ezrin, many of which include inscriptions from authors and others. Material also provides context to aspects of Ezrin’s career such as the 1985 Ontario election and his time at Molson Companies Limited.

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