Subseries 3 - Personal accountant files

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Reference code

CA ON00389 F4-6-3


Personal accountant files


  • June 1981 - April 1995, predominant January 1989 - December 1994 (Creation)

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72.9 cm of textual records

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Scope and content

Sub-series consists of material sent by Nouwen's personal accountant (Joe Sarno) to Nouwen's office at Daybreak in January 1996. Includes the 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994 income tax returns and supporting documentation. Also includes permanent reference material from Nouwen's retirement accounts, health insurance, 1995 Visa statements, and the US Internal Revenue Service.
Joe Sarno was Nouwen's personal accountant from the mid-1970s until April 1995. He was based in Connecticut and became Nouwen's accountant when Nouwen was at Yale Divinity School. Sarno was responsible for Nouwen's income tax returns, American bank accounts, credit cards, and retirement funds. It is assumed that he was responsible for the bulk of Nouwen's financial activities before Nouwen's move to L'Arche Daybreak in 1987. However, since legislation only requires records be kept for seven years, the majority of the records he sent to Daybreak only go back to 1989. Completing Nouwen's 1994 tax return was Sarno's last responsibility as Nouwen's accountant.
According to correspondence found in box 248 file 1438, Sarno sent two boxes of material to Nouwen's office containing income tax records and permanent reference material. The material was found in large manilla envelopes with Sarno's handwriting on the outside describing the envelopes' contents. The envelopes were bound with elastics and did not appear to have been opened since being sent to Nouwen's office in January 1996.

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System of arrangement

Income tax material was arranged by year and permanent reference material was left in its original order.

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No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist.

Language of material

  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • French

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Related material may be found in box 242, file 1399.

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Title based on contents of the sub-series.


No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executrix.


Some material is in Dutch, Italian and French.

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2000 01


Boxes 244 ; 245 ; 246 ; 247 ; 248 ; 249

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