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Record Number 2136
Reference Type Book
Year 1972-1994
Title Original collection of 46 signed books by Henri Nouwen; one signed note card; one TLS; one undated photo, and one press photo of Nouwen lecturing at Loyola University (1976) Short Title: Original collection of 46 signed books by Henri Nouwen; one signed note card; one TLS; one undated photo, and one press photo of Nouwen lecturing at Loyola University (1976)
Notes This item contains 46 signed books by Merton admirer Henri Nouwen. They include: - The Spirituality of the Compassion (1977) - This is a buckram bound mimeographed typescript manuscript. Autographed presentation copy from Nouwen to the late Colin Williams (Dean Yale Divinity, etc.). It begins with a typed letter: "We. invite you to remain part of our ongoing work together by any comment you might have on this text, by any suggestion you can make for our further work, and by any ideas you would like to share with us." Eventually published as "Compassion - Reflection on the Christian Life" (2006). Reference - Jim Visbeck, Isaiah Thomas Books & Prints, Inc. (Cotuit, MA, U.S.A.) - Living the Beatitudes / Daily Reflections for Lent (1995) - forward by Nouwen (inscribed) - Circles of Love (1990) - Can You Drink the Cup? (September 1996 - inscribed during the month of his death) x2 - Heart Speaks to Heart (1989) - Compassion (by Nowen [inscribed], Donald P. McNeill, and Douglas A. Morrison - 1982) - Life of the Beloved (1992) x2. - A Cry for Mercy (1981) - Our Greatest Gift (1994) x2. - In Memoriam (1980). - Reaching Out (1975) x4. - With Burning Hearts (1994) x3. - Making all Things New (1981). - Gracias! (1983) x2. - Here and Now (1994). - The Way of the Heart x3. - With Open Hands (1972) x2. - The Genesee Diary (1976) x2. - The Return of the Prodigal Son (1992) x2. - Desert Wisdom (1982) x3. - Pray to Live (1972) - Creative Ministry (1971) - Out of Solitude (1979, 1990) x2 - Letters to Marc about Jesus (1988) - Behold the Beauty of the Lord / Praying with Icons (1987) x2 - Seeds of Hope / A Henri Nouwen Reader (signed by Nouwen) 1989) - Compassion / A Reflection on the Christian Life (1983) - In the Name of Jesus (1990) Also, one press photo of Nouwen lecturing at Loyola University (1976) Also, one TLS by Nowen on Daybreak letterhead dated Jan 11, 1993 Also, Walk with Jesus (1999), inscribed and signed by illustrator Sr. Helen David.
Label NU2Y
Record Number 1969
Reference Type Manuscript
Author A. Cresswell, (private secretary of Dr. Izod Bennett)
Title Original draft of a letter addressed to Tom Merton Place Published: Twickenham, Middx.
Notes This item is a draft letter typed by the secretary of Dr. Izod Bennett - it is not known whether or not it was eventually sent to Merton. Dr. Bennett was Owen Merton's personal physician and became guardian of Thomas Merton after his father's death. He was displeased with Tom's wild life while at Cambridge and it was he who recommended that Tom return to his maternal grandparents in America. In this letter Mr. Cresswell critcizes Tom for how he poorly represents the Bennetts in his autobiography. In one line he writes, "...I used to dread the sound of your name.
Label UME2
Pages 1
Type of Work Draft letter Short Title: Original draft of a letter addressed to Tom Merton
Record Number 829
Reference Type Artwork
Picture
Author Artist: Merton, Owen
Year 1928
Title Original Watercolor Painting / signed
Notes Original watercolor landscape painting by Owen Merton (father of Thomas Merton); initialed and dated by the Owen "9/4/28". This is one of his later works as he died in 1931 of a brain tumor and was incapacitated some time before then. It was received by the most recent owner from Merton Trier, Thomas Merton's first cousin. On the back of the item are faint pencil markings by the original owner (Edmond? Atkinson) who was a friend of Owen and Ruth Merton from New Zealand and attended their wedding. There also appears to be a faint signature of Owen on the back of the item. The artwork was recieved, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley, who received it from Merton Trier, first cousin of Thomas Merton. John Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label AUY2
Type of Work Watercolor painting Short Title: Original Watercolor Painting / signed
Record Number 2501
Reference Type Book
Author Day, Dorothy
Year 1938
Title From Union Square to Rome / signed Place Published: Silver Spring, Maryland
Publisher The Preservation of the Faith Press
Number of Pages 173 pages.
Edition First cloth inscribed/signed edition. Short Title: From Union Square to Rome / signed
Notes Cloth; inscribed and signed by Dorothy Day, "To everybody at the farm, fellow workers in the apostolate. With much love, Dorothy Day".
Label NYU2
Record Number 2137
Reference Type Book
Author Doherty, Catherine de Hueck
Year 1979
Title Original collection of 3 signed book by Catherine Doherty and one signed letter (TLS) Short Title: Original collection of 3 signed book by Catherine Doherty and one signed letter (TLS)
Notes This item contains: BOOKS: 1. signed book by Merton's friend Catherine Doherty ("Fragments of my LIfe") accompanied by an original photo of her by her cabin from 1979 laid in. 2. signed copy of "Poustinia", inscribed and signed by Catherine Doherty to Doug Roche (The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., is an author, parliamentarian and diplomat, who has specialized throughout his 35-year public career in peace and human security issues). 3. signed copy of "Tumbleweed" (a book written by Doherty's husband Eddie), signed by Catherine Doherty LETTER: 1. A typed signed letter to "Friend in Christ" written on Madonna House letterhead dated March 17, 1983. The letter refers to books available through Madonna House and that Miss Linda Lambeth was then in charge of all books.
Label NUY2
Record Number 1990
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Ferry, Ping
Year 1988
Title Original collection of one letter by Ping Ferry to John Stanley Short Title: Original collection of one letter by Ping Ferry to John Stanley
Notes This item is a single typed, signed letter by Ping Ferry (on letterhead) to John Stanley where he replies to a letter by Stanley regarding Owen and Thomas Merton. He ends the letter by saying, "I find that 'knowing Tom' is far better than an American Express card, at least where becoming acquainted with strangers is concerned. How lucky we were!" This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley. Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label UE2
Record Number 1445
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Forest, Jim
Year 1967
Title Original thank you note from Jim Forest to Thomas Merton
Notes This item is a carbon copy of a letter from Jim Forest to Thomas Merton thanking him for his $25 donation that was received through Motive Magazine (receipt from Motive included). This item and has been received into this collection with gratitude from the personal collection of Jim Forest.
Label UME2
Date March 31
Pages 1 sheet plus 1 folded pamphlet
Type of Work Carbon copy plus pamphlet Short Title: Original thank you note from Jim Forest to Thomas Merton
Record Number 1993
Reference Type Book
Author Giroux, Robert
Year 1984
Title Original collection of letters by Robert Giroux in correspondence with John Stanley Short Title: Original collection of letters by Robert Giroux in correspondence with John Stanley
Notes This item is a file containing the following: - 5 original letters typed and signed by Robert Giroux on Farrar, Straus & Giroux letterhead, to John Stanley regarding the life and writings of Thomas Merton and a manuscript written by Stanley on the Merton family. - numerous photocopies of articles about Giroux. This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley. Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label UE2
Record Number 1991
Reference Type Book
Author Griffin, John Howard
Year 1975
Title Original collection of 3 letters by John Howard Griffin Short Title: Original collection of 3 letters by John Howard Griffin
Notes This item is file containing: - two letters (signed - one typed, one hand-written) by John Howard griffin (on letterhead) to John Stanley. They concern Thomas and Owen Merton. In the typed letter he relays a story (with Merton prominant) told him by a friend of Thomas Merton while at Cambridge. - copies of 2 letters by John Stanley written to Griffin in correspondence. This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley. Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family. This item also contains (unrelated to above letters): - A 5 line letter typed on JHG's personal letterhead, thanking recipient (Seamus Coonie) for answering a question about Thomas Merton.
Label UE2
Record Number 2392
Reference Type Book
Author Irwin, Eleanor
Year 1982
Title Victor Hammer Place Published: Buffalo, New York
Publisher The Hillside Press
Number of Pages 51
Edition First mini book limited edition - #201 of 350 Short Title: Victor Hammer
Notes Cloth (no jacket as issued); mini book limited editon about Victor Hammer, friend of Thomas Merton and founder of Stamperia del Santucci. This book was received with gratitude from renowned Merton bibliographer Patricia Burton (see More than Silence / A Bibliography of Thomas Merton).
Label N2
Record Number 2118
Reference Type Book
Author Lax, Robert
Title Original collection of over 60 letters by Robert Lax; and numerous other items of interest: Short Title: Original collection of over 60 letters by Robert Lax; and numerous other items of interest:
Notes This item is a file folder containing the following: From John Stanley (Novice under Merton): - approximately 9 original hand-written, signed, often poetic letters by Robert Lax. - 2 hand-written, signed letter by the sister of Robert Lax, Gladys Marcus. - numerous copies of the letters of John Stanley who corresponded with Lax over this time. The above items were received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley. Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family. From Jim Forest (personal friend of Merton): - approximately 50 hand-written, signed, often dated letters/postcards/drawings by Robert Lax - numerous carbon copies of the letters of Jim Forest that were sent in correspondence with Lax The above items were received, with deepest gratitude, from Jim Forest directly. From William (Bill) Claire (editor of Voyages periodical - one full edition dedicated to Lax) - 2 hand-written letters from Lax. - 1 hand-written envelop addressed to William Claire from Lax (while in Zurich) - 1 photo of Robert Lax received with gratitude from Bill Claire. - 1 copy of "New World Writing" (1958) containing Robert Lax writing - an early pick-up of Lax by an anthology. - 1 hand-written 23 line letter from Emil Antonucci (editor of Journeyman Press who published numerous Lax books) addressed to Bill Claire related to the work of Robert Lax. - 1 hand-written 17 line letter with envelope from Dorothy Van Doren (wife of Mark Van Doren) and friend of Merton and Lax from post Columbia days. - 1 hand-written 22 line letter from Cathy Gatling (Managing Editor of Proteus Magazine), in part discussing doing a Lax book. - 1 hand-written 30 line letter from Claire McAllister (who contributed to Lax's Pax Magazine) in part discussing Lax as editor, "Gone seem the times when people like Bob Lax would knock till the poem was in his hands..." This item also contains: - 5 editions of Lax's high school newsletter, "The Newtown Lantern" - April 1931; June 1931; November 1931; May 1932; June 1932. A few of these also contain content by Ad Reinhardt, who attended the same high school. - The entire Pax periodical series as published by Lax (see separate listings). - Numerous editions of the Columbia Jester magazine with Lax contributions (see separate listings). - Various Columbian yearbook contributions by Lax (see separate listings). - 1 signed Lax book, "Fables". - 1 Lax broadside titled, "Another Red Red Blue Poem". - 4 issues of Jubilee Magazine with Lax content: June 1956; September 1956; April 1966; November 1958. - 1 booklet titled "Tree" as published by Journeyman Press. - 1 booklet titled "Said's" as published by Furthermore Press. - 1 booklet titled "In & Out of Purdah" as published by Furthermore Press. - 1 booklet titled "Robert Lax" published by St. Bonaventure University - 1 booklet titled "ARC" as published by Furthermore Press. - 1 booklet titled "Robert Lax Postcard Drawings" as published by Furthermore Press. - 1 booklet titled "Cloud Over Hill" as published by Furthermore Press - 1 booklet titled "27th and 4th" as published by Stride Books - 1 booklet titled "Rooster" as published by Stride Books
Label UE2NY5
Record Number 1988
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Merton, John Paul
Title Original collection of photos and letters by or about John Paul Merton Short Title: Original collection of photos and letters by or about John Paul Merton
Notes This item is file folder containing the following: - approximately 14 original photos of John Paul Merton. - approximately 4 original photos taken by John Paul Merton. - approximately 2 original photos and 2 original letters written by Margaret May (wife of John Paul Merton). One of the 2 photos is an original wedding photo. - a photocopy of the original "Last Will and Testament" of John Paul Merton. - there is also a separate file for Eric George Hadingham, who was with John Paul Merton on the raft after being shot down in enemy waters during WWII. Hadingham survived and was rescued while John Paul died before rescuers arrived. This file contains numerous photos of Hadingham (during and just after the rescue) as well as letters of correspondence with John Stanley where he relays the exact events of the crash, the passing of John Paul Merton and the rescue of the survivors. - dozens of original letters, newspaper clippings, and photocopies from friends, colleagues and libraries etc. related to John Paul Merton. This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley, who presumably received at least part of this file from Merton Trier, first cousin of Thomas Merton. John Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label UE28
Record Number 1996
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Merton, Owen
Title Original collection of letters, articles and a photo of Owen Merton Short Title: Original collection of letters, articles and a photo of Owen Merton
Notes This item is file folder containing the following: - one original photo of Owen Merton (in group), presumeably received from Merton Trier, first cousin of Thomas Merton - a copy of a poem written by Owen Merton. - an original pamphlet for an exhibition of Owen Merton's paintings, held October 4 - November 29, 1978 and presented by The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum (Rockland, Maine). - a copy of the original "Last Will and Testament" of Owen Merton with original court seal. - dozens of original letters of correspondence related to Owen Merton, his life and his art. This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley who was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label UE2
Record Number 2129
Reference Type Journal Article
Author Merton, Ruth
Year 1921
Title The Tiny House
Journal American Cookery
Volume Volume 26
Notes Soft cover; this is an article written by Thomas Merton's mother Ruth and published during the year of her passing in 1921. This article is the first of 2 articles of the same title published in 1921. It is continued in the November issue of the same magazine.
Label NP2
Date October Short Title: The Tiny House
Pages Pages 182-185.
Record Number 2127
Reference Type Journal Article
Author Merton, Ruth
Year 1922
Title Come into the Kitchen
Journal American Cookery
Volume Volume 26
Notes Soft cover; this an article written by Thomas Merton's mother Ruth and published shortly after her passing in 1921.
Label P2
Date March Short Title: Come into the Kitchen
Pages Pages 606-608.
Record Number 2128
Reference Type Journal Article
Author Merton, Ruth
Year 1921
Title The Tiny House #2
Journal American Cookery
Volume Volume 26
Notes Soft cover; this is an article written by Thomas Merton's mother Ruth, and was published during the year of her passing in 1921. This item is a continuation of the same article in the October 1921 issue if the same magazine. It also contains a poem by Ruth Merton titled, "To Make a Tiny House".
Label NP2
Date November Short Title: The Tiny House #2
Pages Pages 255-257 and pages 289-291.
Record Number 1992
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Mott, Michael
Title Original collection of letters by Michael Mott in correspondence with John Stanley Short Title: Original collection of letters by Michael Mott in correspondence with John Stanley
Notes This item is a folder containing the following: - five insightful letters (3 hand-written and two typed and signed) by Michael Mott to John Stanley related mostly to Mott's biography of Merton. - copies of Stanley's letters of correspondence with Mott. - a few newspaper clippings related to Mott's biography. This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley. Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label UE2
Record Number 2136
Reference Type Book
Author Nouwen, Henri
Year 1972-1994
Title Original collection of 46 signed books by Henri Nouwen; one signed note card; one TLS; one undated photo; and one press photo of Nouwen lecturing at Loyola University (1976)
Notes This item contains 46 signed books by Merton admirer Henri Nouwen. They include: - The Spirituality of the Compassion (1977) - This is a buckram bound mimeographed typescript manuscript. Autographed presentation copy from Nouwen to the late Colin Williams (Dean Yale Divinity, etc.). It begins with a typed letter: "We. invite you to remain part of our ongoing work together by any comment you might have on this text, by any suggestion you can make for our further work, and by any ideas you would like to share with us." Eventually published as "Compassion - Reflection on the Christian Life" (2006). Reference - Jim Visbeck, Isaiah Thomas Books & Prints, Inc. (Cotuit, MA, U.S.A.) - Living the Beatitudes / Daily Reflections for Lent (1995) - forward by Nouwen (inscribed) - Circles of Love (1990) - Can You Drink the Cup? (September 1996 - inscribed during the month of his death) x2 - Heart Speaks to Heart (1989) - Compassion (by Nouwen [inscribed], Donald P. McNeill, and Douglas A. Morrison - 1982) - Life of the Beloved (1992) x2. - A Cry for Mercy (1981) - Our Greatest Gift (1994) x2 - In Memoriam (1980). - Reaching Out (1975) x4. - With Burning Hearts (1994) x3. -Making all Things New (1981). - Gracias! (1983) x2. - Here and Now (1994). - The Way of the Heart x3. - With Open Hands (1972) x2. - The Genesee Diary (1976) x2. - The Return of the Prodigal Son (1992) x2. - Desert Wisdom (1982) x3. - Pray to Live (1972) - Creative Ministry (1971) - Out of Solitude (1979, 1990) x2 - Letters to Marc about Jesus (1988) - Behold the Beauty of the Lord / Praying with Icons (1987) x2 - Seeds of Hope / A Henri Nouwen Reader (signed by Nouwen) 1989) - Compassion / A Reflection on the Christian Life (1983) - In the Name of Jesus (1990). Also, one press photo of Nouwen lecturing at Loyola University (1976). Also, one TLS by Nouwen on Daybreak letterhead dated Jan 11, 1993 Also, Walk with Jesus (1999), inscribed and signed by illustrator Sr. Helen David.
Label NU2YH
Record Number 1995
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O.
Year 1973
Title Original collection of 1 letter by Brother Patrick Hart to John Stanley Short Title: Original collection of 1 letter by Brother Patrick Hart to John Stanley
Notes This item is a file containing the following: - 1 original letter typed and signed by Brother Patrick Hart to John Stanley. This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley. Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label UE2
Record Number 2502
Reference Type Book
Author Philip Berrigan, Elizabeth McAlister
Year 1989
Title The Time's Disciple / The Beatitudes and Nuclear Resistance - signed Place Published: Baltimore, Maryland
Publisher Fortkamp Publishing Company
Number of Pages 286 pages.
Edition First soft cover edition - signed by Berrigan and McAlister Short Title: The Time's Disciple / The Beatitudes and Nuclear Resistance - signed
Notes Soft cover; inscribed and signed by both Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister.
Label NYU2
Record Number 2367
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Philip Berrigan, S.S.J.
Year 1977
Title Original hand-written, signed letter by Philip Berrigan
Notes Original 1960s war protester Philip Berrigan 10 line autographed letter signed on the reverse side of a 1977 40 line typed "Dear Friend" letter.
Label NYU2
Pages Single sheet recto and verso. Short Title: Original hand-written, signed letter by Philip Berrigan
Record Number 1989
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Rice, Ed
Title Original collection of letters by Ed Rice in Correspondance with John Stanley Short Title: Original collection of letters by Ed Rice in Correspondance with John Stanley
Notes This item is a file folder containing the following: - approximately 15 original typed, and very insightful letters by Ed Rice (hand signed by Rice) - many making direct reference to his friend Thomas Merton. Letters are dated between 1974 and 1989 and most approximately 1 page in length. In one letter called Merton a "mystical iceberg; we only see the tip". - numerous copies of the letters of John Staney who corresponded with Rice over this time. This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley. Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label UE2
Record Number 1994
Reference Type Manuscript
Author Shannon, William H.
Title Original collection of one letter by Bill Shannon in correspondence with John Stanley Short Title: Original collection of one letter by Bill Shannon in correspondence with John Stanley
Notes This item is a file containing the following: - 1 original letter typed and signed by Bill Shannon to John Stanley regarding the life and writings of Thomas Merton. Written while Mr. Shannon was working on The Merton Encyclopedia. - 1 photocopy of a letter written to Bill Shannon by John Stanley . This item was received, with deepest gratitude, from John Stanley. Stanley was a monk at Gethsemani for a short time while Merton was also there, and spent much of his life researching and writing about Merton, his friends and his family.
Label UE2
Record Number 2363
Reference Type Book
Author Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro
Year 1949
Title Living by Zen Place Published: Tokyo
Publisher Sanseido Press
Number of Pages 235 pages
Edition First hard cover edition. Short Title: Living by Zen
Notes Cloth; inscribed and signed by Suzuki, dated 1956.
Label NY2
Record Number 2138
Reference Type Book
Author Vanier, Jean
Year 1970
Title Original collection of 1 signed book by Jean Vanier Short Title: Original collection of 1 signed book by Jean Vanier
Notes This item contains one signed book by Merton admirer Jean Vanier ("Tears of Silence") and is inscribed to Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy, with accompanying certificate of authenticity from seller.
Label NUY2