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Henri Nouwen, 1976 | Photographer: M.E. Kronstein
The Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives & Research Collection
The Archives consists of more than 50 linear metres of material created and accumulated by Henri Nouwen in his lifetime.
The Archives includes drafts of manuscripts, more than 16, 000 incoming letters, over 200 sound and video recordings, lecture notes and handouts, administrative files from L’Arche Daybreak, business correspondence and other material related to Nouwen’s publishers, photographs, research material collected by Nouwen on Anton T. Boisen, Seward Hiltner, Vincent Van Gogh, Thomas Merton, and the Circus, as well as a complete set of his published books (including translations), and a comprehensive collection of articles published by Nouwen between 1957 and 1996.
There are 15 series in the Henri Nouwen archives:
- General files
- Calendar files
- Personal records
- Publisher files
- Financial files
- Teaching materials
- Nouwen’s education records and study notes
- Published works
- Video recordings
- Sound recordings
- Collected materials
- Administrative resources
- Ephemera and artifacts
Finding Guide and Publications
The Research Collection includes materials relating to Henri Nouwen which were collected by the Archivist and other individuals with an interest in maintaining Nouwen’s legacy.
There are nine series in the Research Collection:
- Material by Nouwen
- Material about Nouwen
- Materials mentioning Nouwen
- Nouwen events, promotional material, programs and souvenirs
- Publisher materials (ie. catalogues and advertisements featuring books by Nouwen)
- Reference files
- Audiovisual material
No Finding Guide for the Research Collection is available at this time. Series and item level descriptions are available in the Archives through the in-house archival database.
The Nouwen Archive Letter Project
Included in the Research Collection are those letters and materials collected as a result of the Nouwen Archive Letter Project. Together, the Archives and Research Collection serve to promote the legacy of Nouwen’s writing, teaching and life.
An in depth exploration of the letters is possible for all who are doing work on Henri’s legacy. This may include researchers, scholars, presenters, writers etc. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to place a research request, and schedule a date to visit Henri’s Archive.
- Nouwen Archives on Collections UofT
- Biographical timeline of Henri Nouwen’s life
- Browse the Nouwen family photograph albums
Disclaimer: Access to the photographic images in these displays, and the technical capacity to download them, does not imply permission for re-use. Permission to publish or otherwise use these images, and any accompanying text, must first be obtained in writing from Archival and Manuscript Collections.
Mandate of the Archives
The Archives exists to:
- Collect and preserve archival material created by and about Henri Nouwen.
- Collect and maintain a library of books, articles, interviews and other published material by and about Henri Nouwen, as well as reference material, artifacts and memorabilia that documents the life and work of Henri Nouwen.
- Arrange and describe materials according to archival principles and make them accessible to the general public on a regular basis, unless access is restricted.
- Provide adequate and appropriate conditions for the storage, protection, and preservation of archival material.
- Provide regular reference services to individuals, organizations, or other groups interested in the activities and holdings of the Archives.
- Provide educational and outreach programs whenever possible to increase public awareness and knowledge of the life and work of Henri Nouwen.
History of the Archives
The material in the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection was donated to the John M. Kelly Library at the University of St Michael’s College on January 19, 2000 by the Literary Executrix of Nouwen’s estate, Sue Mosteller, C.S.J.. The donation included more than 124 linear feet of material from L’Arche Daybreak as well as 29 linear feet of material originally deposited by Nouwen at the Yale Divinity Library. The Archives and Research Collection was officially opened on September 21, 2000.
Donating Material to the Archives
The Archives actively pursues and accepts donation of material by or about Henri Nouwen. Letters, notes, audio and videocassettes, transcripts of talks, manuscripts and other material would be of great interest and value to the Archives. Please contact the Archivist to discuss your interest further.