Fonds - Henri Nouwen fonds

Portrait of Henri Nouwen

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Henri Nouwen fonds

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  • Multiple media

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  • 1910-1997, 1964-1996 predominant (Creation)
    Nouwen, Henri J. M., 1932-1996

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45 m of textual records and other material

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The material was received by the Kelly Library in 2000 as two accessions. The first contained the records originally housed at the Yale Divinity School Library, an archives set up and contributed to annually by Nouwen from 1975 until his death in 1996. The second accession consisted of material created and accumulated by Nouwen at L'Arche Daybreak that he did not send to Yale Divinity School. This accession also consisted of material collected after his death and as such is now located with the Research Collection.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of 15 series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. General files
  3. Calendar files
  4. Personal records
  5. Publisher files
  6. Financial files
  7. Teaching materials
  8. Nouwen’s education records and study notes
  9. Published works
  10. Video recordings of Nouwen
  11. Sound recordings
  12. Collected materials
  13. L'Arche Daybreak administrative files
  14. Ephemera and artifacts
  15. Photographs

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Physical condition

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Title based on contents of the fonds.

Language of material

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Script of material

  • Cyrillic
  • Latin

Language and script note

The documents are mostly in English and Dutch with some French, Italian and German.

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Restrictions on access

The records are open for general use with exceptions. Please see series level descriptions for details on access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright is retained by the Literary Executrix. No copying without consent of Literary Executrix, except excerpts for the purpose of scholarly research. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Estate.

Associated materials

Related records can be found in other fonds in the Nouwen Archives (donations made by others post-1996). Related records can be found in the Nouwen Archives Special Collections (material collected after 1996). Nouwen’s book collection is catalogued in the University of Toronto catalogue as Nouwen Collection 2. Books on and about Nouwen have been collected by the Kelly Library since 2000. The books have been catalogued in the University of Toronto catalogue as Nouwen Collection 1.

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Further accruals are expected.

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