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Steere, Douglas Van, 1901-1995

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1963-1968, 1972-1973

Volume: 32 item(s); 43 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Douglas Steere was a prominent Quaker author and philosopher, serving a long tenure as professor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He demonstrated leadership through organizing relief efforts in northern Europe through the American Friends Service Committee after World War II and in representing the Society of Friends at the Second Vatican Council in 1964. He first met Merton in 1962 at Gethsemani, traveling with John Heidbrink of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. (Source: Elliott, J. Michael. "Douglas Steere, 93, Author, Professor And Quaker Leader." New York Times obituary. 16 February 1995. Online. Bellarmine University Library, Louisville, KY. 2009/07/07. ‹›.)

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All extant letters between Steere and Merton were published in The Merton Annual, Volume 6 (1993), pp. 29-53.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1961/12/14 TL[x]from Heidbrink, JohnI am enclosing the letter to Professor Lochman about which I spoke at our IFOR meeting.  sending Steere's writings to Thomas Merton
 1961/12/21 TLS[x]to Heidbrink, JohnThank you for sending me the letter for Lochman, which I will do my best to present to him when we  thanking Heidbrink for arranging a visit with Thomas Merton
 1962/01/04 TL[x]from Heidbrink, JohnI have written to Thomas Merton about the possibility of your visit some time between February 5th  Merton's interest in metaphysical poets and mystical writers
 1962/02/no transcriptby Steere, DouglasJohn Heidbrink, who has been serving the Fellowship of Reconciliation as the secretary  [from set of published letters, "Notes after First Visit and Correspondence 1962-1968," appearing in <u>The Merton Annual</u> 6 (1993), pp. 23-28, which contained the note and title, "The following single-spaced notes were typed just after Douglas V. Steere first met Thomas Merton." "Notes on Conference with Thomas Merton, February 1962."]
 1962/03/27 TLS[x]to Heidbrink, JohnI want you to know that we did have a very satisfying visit with Thomas Merton when we were  Merton "moving deeply into the very center of the Christian pacifist position" but currently his Catholic articles place him as a more limited nuclear pacifist
 1962/11/19 TLS[x]to Heidbrink, JohnI am so sad to hear that you are having to go through this suffering today and you have been in my  praise for <i>The Thomas Merton Reader</i>
 1963/01/09 TL[x]from Heidbrink, JohnThough I never see contributions to the FOR, let me say gratitude for your rememberance at this time  importance of getting Merton into dialogue with Bede Griffiths and for Merton to stay "in contact with the world and its intercourse"
 1963/03/07 TALSto MertonIt was so kind of you to send me the copy of <u>The Thomas Merton Reader</u> through yourYes  
 1963/04/23 TLSto MertonThank you so much for your wonderful letter of April 9th. I am looking forward so much to readingYes  
 1963/06/13 TLSto MertonIt was wonderful to hear from you on the 16th of May and to have your two papers on Fenelon.Yes  
 1963/09/30 TLSto MertonI am writing you from Rome where Dorothy and I are planted for the next period as Quaker Observer-Yes  
 1963/10/26 TALSto MertonThank you for your good letter and for your great kindness in sending Harpers those helpful wordsYes  
 1964/04/19 TALSto MertonWe have stopped by at Rome on our way up from Africa and before we leave in the morning, I justYes  
 1964/04/26 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonIt was very good to get your latest from Rome and to hear the news of your trip to Africa,Yes  
 1964/04/26 (#02)TL[x]from MertonIt was very good to get your latest from Rome and to hear the news of your trip to Africa,Yes [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Accession 2, Hart Working Files]
 1965/02/20 TAL[c]from MertonI am very glad to hear from you and to receive the booklet on Africa which I will read with muchYes  
 1965/09/14 TL[c]from MertonIt was very good of you to send me the resume of the discussions at Collegeville. I will go throughYes  
 1965/10/20 TLSto MertonI so much appreciated your good letter and we have often thought of you in your solitary retirement.Yes  
 1966/01/17 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThank you very much for the charming piece on Bethlehem. I really enjoy it. What with AngelusYes  
 1966/01/17 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThank you very much for the charming piece on Bethlehem. I really enjoy it. What with AngelusYes [Steere adds some notes to the letter in pen]
 1966/02/14 TLS[x]to Heidbrink, JohnI enclose a check for $25.00 from Dorothy and me for a small assist to the Muriel Lester visit fund.  Merton finding "hermiting much to his taste"
 1966/03/04 TL[x]from Heidbrink, JohnThank you for the contribution for Miss Lester's trip. She has arrived and is properly settled in  Merton's new vocation as a hermit / Dan Berrigan in Mexico / Catholic Peace Fellowship and the Fellowship of Reconciliation
 1968/03/25 TALSto MertonI have long wanted to write you to share with you a number of things and to make a proposal aboutYes  
 1968/03/29 TL[c]from MertonYou mention sending five letters last year and not getting a reply. I remember getting twoYes  
 1968/04/22 TLSto MertonThank you for your good letter. It raises one or two problems that I want to be absolutely sureYes  
 1968/04/25 TL[c]from MertonThis is an immediate reply, in order to clear up any confusions about possibilities for the Meeting.Yes  
 1972/09/22 TLSto Center from Steere, DouglasThank you for your letter asking for material by or on Thomas Merton. I cannot at the moment go   
 1972/09/29 TL[c]from Center to Steere, DouglasThank you for your response to our recent request for Thomas Merton correspondence. The record   
 1973/01/19 TL[c]from Center to Steere, DouglasThank you for the xeroxed copy of the letter from Thomas Merton to you, dated January 19, 1966.   
 1973/02/02 TLSto Center from Steere, DouglasI sent you the longish memo that I set down after our visit with Thomas Merton back in 1962.   
 1984/12/31 TCSto FriendThis sketch of summer time at the Snowmass Cistercian House may be well known to you.  opinions about Michael Mott's book <i>The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton</i> and Patrick Hart's <i>Thomas Merton, Monk</i>
 undated/no/no TLSto MertonThis is just a swift note to send with this copy of Edgar Brookes pamphlet that is just offYes  

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