File 28 - Interview with Toon Colen

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CA ON00389 C3-1-28


Interview with Toon Colen


  • June 14, 2004 (Creation)

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0.6 cm of textual records. - 1 photograph ; col. : 3.5 x 4.5cm. - 9 photographs : b&w ; 10.1 x 15cm. - 9 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm. - 1 computer disk. – 1 audio cassette (ca. 1hr., 30mins).

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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.

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  • Dutch

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The photograph and audio cassettes have been removed from the file and rehoused in photographs box 7 and audio cassettes box 8. Reference copies of the audio cassettes are available (located with originals).

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2005 09


Box 2 File 28

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SR2005 09 28 16

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Revised by T Wong, 21 July 2021




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