- 1973 - 1996, predominant 1983 - 1995 (Creation)
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1.41 m of textual records
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After Nouwen's death, many of his files were reorganized. It appears however, that the Publisher files were a distinct series and remain so. On May 10, 2001, two additional boxes of Publisher files were transferred to the Archives from L'Arche Daybreak.
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Series consists of correspondence and other material related to the business of publishing. The files provide the researcher with detailed and comprehensive information about the genesis and publication of most of Nouwen's books, as well as biographical information about Nouwen the writer, the business man, and the man.
The series is arranged alphabetically and divided into nine sub-series based on names of the main publishers of Nouwen's books:
1.5.1. Ave Maria Press files
1.5.2. Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Group files
1.5.3. Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. files
1.5.4. Doubleday files, Harper San Francisco files
1.5.5. Lannoo files
1.5.6. Orbis Books files
1.5.7. Verlag Herder files
1.5.8. General publisher files
With the exception of the General files, these files represent the major publishers that Nouwen worked with from 1973 to 1996. Although the files contain material on all books published up to Nouwen's death, since his first book was published in 1969, it can be presumed that some of the correspondence and documents from 1969 to 1972 are missing.
The files may include: business correspondence discussing book ideas, titles of books and other issues, including copies of outgoing letters containing Nouwen's response to all stages of publication; business documents such as draft manuscripts, revised manuscripts with annotations, responses to manuscripts by editors and other readers, draft illustrations and mock booklets for design purposes, galleys, page proofs, royalties and advance statements, original publisher/author agreements and contracts; personal correspondence between Nouwen and his editors. The files also contain outgoing correspondence by Nouwen's various assistants over the years, including Connie Ellis, Kathy Christie, Lydia Banducci, Margaret Sutton, Peter Weiskel, Joseph Sarno, Carol Plantinga, Deborah A. Hawkins and Vincent Masi.
The files relate primarily to book publication, however, they also contain material about the publication of articles and audiocassettes, video, material related to requests from publishers for endorsements, forewords and introductions to the books of other writers, and in some cases, especially in the General Publisher files sub-series, requests for permission to publish parts of Nouwen's work and translation rights to his books. Correspondence can be found from publishers in the Netherlands, the former East Germany, Belgium, England, France, Spain, Poland, Italy, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
In all descriptions, working book titles are followed by published titles, if different.
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Photocopying of fading fax sheets and newspapers is needed. The documents are mostly in English with some Dutch, French, Italian, and German. Business contracts within the series are restricted. No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executrix. No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist. More detailed information about each sub-series is available. Please see individual sub-series descriptions.