File 3 - Powhatan, Louisiana

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CA ON00389 F4-15-2-3


Powhatan, Louisiana


  • [1961 - 1962] (Creation)

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172 photographs : col. ; 35 mm

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File consists of 172 slides of a trip taken by Nouwen. These photographs mostly depict landscapes or unidentified people, although there are several of unidentified cities. Many of the photographs have an imprint which indicates the photographs were taken between August and November 1961. It is likely that Nouwen was in Powhatan, Louisiana, at this time. Slides include photographs of a rural setting, including a man riding a tractor in a field, Leone's Grocery store (in Powhatan, LA), other small grocery stores and gas stations, a lake, children sitting on porch steps, a white church, fields, the building of a house, boys on horseback, a building on fire, a second white church, people on a beach and cotton workers. While in Powhatan, Nouwen likely traveled and took photographs of the cities he visited, including Baton Rouge, LA (P3337, P3340) and Houston, TX (P3344, P3355). There are also two photographs of three nuns on a beach (P3349, P3350). There are four photographs of Nouwen in the file (P3283, P3315, P3320, P3897).

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See item level descriptions for more details on the photographs of Nouwen.
See Henri Nouwen fonds - Manuscripts series, Drafts of Collected sermons and lectures (1976-1981), file 159-1, item 159-1 43, for a piece titled "Powhatan Revisited" in which Nouwen describes going back to Powhatan. These photographs were likely taken during Nouwen's initial stay, and not the second visit.
Laurent Nouwen, Maria Nouwen and Toon Colen appear in P3918 and P3943.
Laurent J. M. Nouwen and Maria Nouwen appear in P3937.
Nouwen appears, swimming with other unidentified men, in P3950 and [P3951?].
Nouwen appears with an unidentified woman of colour in P3955.
Nouwen appears in a cowboy hat, outside of an unidentified building, in P3956.

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2007 56

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