• Archives and Research Collection

    The Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection opened on September 21, 2000 as a centre within the John M. Kelly Library of the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. The mandate of the Archives is to acquire, preserve, promote and make available material created by and about Henri Nouwen.

    If you have letters, manuscripts, photographs, postcards or other material relevant to the Archive, you will be particularly interested in the Nouwen Archive Letter Project. Refer to the website for more information about the history and goals of the project, and to see how you can participate in Henri Nouwen’s legacy.

    Those interested in the life and thought of Nouwen will find a comprehensive collection of more than 166 linear feet of material in all media, including a complete set of his books, an extensive collection of articles published by Nouwen from 1957 to 1996, manuscripts, correspondence, sound and video recordings, teaching material, administrative files, photographs*, research material collected by Nouwen on the work of Anton Boisen, Seward Hiltner, Thomas Merton and Van Gogh.

    The Archives maintains a Research Collection of material about Nouwen produced since his death in 1996. This collection includes book reviews, theses, translations of his books, anthologies and articles. Researchers have made use of this material to gain insight into the development of Nouwen’s thought, to delve deeper into themes expressed in his books, or to research related subjects such as L’Arche, social justice, the relationship between psychology and theology.

    *To view a selection of photographs, please go to: Click on the “Search the Data Base” link and enter Henri Nouwen in any of the search fields. To place a request to obtain copies of the archival objects, please contact Depending upon the circumstances of the request, use of the archival objects may require permission and/or a modest processing fee.” (see


    While most of the material in the Nouwen Archives is available for consultation, written permission from The Henri Nouwen Literary Trust is required for access to some records. The Archivist, Gabrielle Earnshaw, will advise you and assist with the permission request procedure.

    If you have any questions about the publishing aspect of Nouwen’s legacy or if you require information in connection with permission to quote from Nouwen’s work, please contact:

    The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust
    Sally Keefe Cohen, Literary Manager

    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. For more information, e-mail or call (416) 926-1300, ext. 3405.

    Visit Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives

    The Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection is located on the second floor of the John M. Kelly Library.

    John M. Kelly Library University of St. Michael’s College
    113 St. Joseph Street
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    M5S 1J4

    Telephone: (416) 926 1300 x3405
    Fax: (416) 926 7262

    Hours of Operation

    The Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is advisable to make an appointment before visiting the Archives to ensure the Archivist is available to assist you.

  • The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust

    The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust is the owner of the copyrights in the Works of Henri J.M. Nouwen. Its purpose is to provide a stable, ongoing entity to care for the legacy of Henri J.M. Nouwen.

    Please note new contact information:

    The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust
    c/o Sally Keefe Cohen, Literary Manager
    214-95 St. Joseph Street
    Toronto, ON M5S 2R9 416-416-971-7543

    Permissions and Translations

    In nearly all cases Henri Nouwen’s books are still in print and are under contract to publishers. In most cases the publishers control the rights to use excerpts. Information concerning these rights can be obtained from the various publishers, below:

    Although Dutch and German rights are controlled by the Trust for many books, in most cases translation rights have been granted to the various publishers and are controlled by them. A list of the publishers for the Nouwen Works along with the contact information for translation rights is below:

    Ave Maria Press

    • Behold the Beauty of the Lord
    • Out of Solitude
    • With Open Hands
    • Can You Drink the Cup?
    • Heart Speaks to Heart
    • In Memoriam

    Rights and Permissions webpage:

    Crossroad Publishing

    • In the Name of Jesus
    • Show Me the Way
    • Finding My Way Home
    • Encounters With Merton
    • Life of the Beloved
    • Beyond the Mirror
    • Sabbatical Journey
    • Here and Now
    • Our Second Birth

    Translation Rights

    Books Crossing Borders
    Phone 212.840.0400


    Copyright Clearance Center
    222 Rosewood Drive
    Danvers MA 01923
    Phone 978.750.8400
    Fax 978.646.8600

    Doubleday Religion (Random House)

    • A Cry for Mercy
    • Aging (co-authored)
    • The Return of the Prodigal Son
    • Creative Ministry
    • Clowning in Rome
    • Lifesigns
    • Compassion (co-authored)
    • The Inner Voice of Love
    • The Wounded Healer
    • The Road to Daybreak
    • Reaching Out
    • The Genesee Diary
    • Seeds of Hope
    • Home Tonight

    Translation Rights

    For translation and reprint rights, please call the Random House general information number at 212/782-9000 and request to be connected to the subsidiary rights department of the specific imprint.


    HarperOne (HarperCollins Publishers)

    • Letters to Marc About Jesus
    • Our Greatest Gift
    • Bread for the Journey
    • Spiritual Direction
    • Intimacy
    • Making All Things New
    • Letter of Consolation
    • Gracias!
    • Way of the Heart
    • The Living Reminder
    • Spiritual Formation
    • Discernment

    Subsidiary Rights webpage:

    Orbis Books

    • With Burning Hearts
    • Love in a Fearful Land
    • Peacework
    • Adam: God’s Beloved
    • The Selfless Way of Christ
    • The Road to Peace
    • Walk With Jesus

    Rights and Permissions
    Doris Goodnough
    Price Bldg., Box 302
    Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302
    Fax: 914.941.7005

    Thomas Nelson (W Publishing)

    • Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

    Webpage containing Foreign Rights information:

    Twenty Third Publications

    • Finding Our Sacred Center


    For permission to use excerpts from published works, please contact the publisher directly:

    Upper Room Books

    • A Spirituality of Fundraising
    • A Spirituality of Caregiving
    • A Spirituality of Living
    • A Spirituality of Homecoming


    For permission to use excerpts from published works, please contact the publishers directly.