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Sibylle Akers; Sibylle von Kaskel Akers

Akers, Sibylle von Kaskel, 1905-2005  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1960-1966, 1970
Volume: 12 item(s); 19 pg(s)

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Sibylle Akers was born in Dresden, Germany. She left Germany after the Second World War and moved to Texas. She was a well-known photographer. In September of 1959, she visited Gethsemani and took 26 photographs of Merton that are now part of the Merton Center collection. Akers sends letters and postcards from a visit to Europe in the mid-sixties. In 1965, she moved to Washington, D.C., because her husband was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as Director of the U.S. Information Agency.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1960/03/11 TALS to Merton We are traveling around this part of the country, these days. Bob is making speeches and from Baton Rouge, LA / thinking about writing book «detailed view»
2. 1964/01/29 TALS to Merton Due to the introduction of friends we had a very memorable visit which I wanted to describe to you. «detailed view»
3. 1964/09/11 HPCS to Merton 2. spilt into the cloister. The Abbot of Solesmes officiated and the next day for Rome. I spoke to [two postcards of Chartres Cathedral] Dom Doyère / lack of religious vocations in France vs. too many young priests in America / Abbot of Wisques «detailed view»
4. 1964/09/18? HLS to Merton I hope that I have not transgressed your wishes in showing your letter at Wisques. Dom Doyère asked [no date but seems to fall between 1964/09/11 and 1964/09/22 letters] "Monk in Diaspora" «detailed view»
5. 1964/09/22 TL[c] from Merton It has been good hearing from you. I am glad you were at Wisques and of course have no objection at Abbot of Wisques and Dom Doyère / copies of "Monk in Diaspora" / Miguel de Sanmiguel, publisher at Guadarrama / Spanish poets / Abbot of Montserrat «detailed view»
6. 1964/09/24 HPCS to Merton After the Chateaux de la Loire and the pre-historic caves in Dordogne, we have now seen the remains [two postcards of the Abbaye de Fontfroide] ruins of Cistercian abbeys / sister-in-law, a Carmelite in Tours living without electricity «detailed view»
7. 1964/09/29 HPCS to Merton We visited today this magnificent Abbaye, daughter of Fontfroide, destroyed in 1835 and partially [Real Monasterio de Poblet] Cistercians living 12th century austerity since rebuilding ruined abbey in 1940 «detailed view»
8. 1964/11/21 TL[c] from Merton It has been good to hear from you and to see the postcards with which you share your trip with me. wanted to see Silos, but not Valle de los caidos / Editorial Guadarrama / Seeds of Destruction «detailed view»
9. 1965/01/18 TL[c] from Merton I am just about to go into retreat for eight days, and wanted to drop you this note. I shall be President Johnson's "peace offensive" in Vietnam and Pope's calls for peace «detailed view»
10. 1965/01/29 TALS to Merton Due to the introduction of friends we had a very memorable visit which I wanted to describe to you. estate of the Marquesa de Salinas near Cordoba / description of nearby Carmelites / Fathers at Montserrat «detailed view»
11. 1965/05/20 HPCS to Merton Remembering you here! Yugoslavia difficult,- Egypt: land and monuments outstanding. The rest [postcard of the ruins of Qumran] going next to Israel, Turkey and Greece «detailed view»
12. 1970/10/05 TALS from Center to Akers, Sibylle We are writing to you regarding your correspondence with the late Thomas Merton. Almost all of Fr. permission request letter / returned undelivered to Merton Center «detailed view»

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