Hope College

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Research Professor of History, A. C. Van Raalte Institute for Historical Studies, Hope College; Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. The collection includes personnel file (RESTRICTED), several articles, vita curriculum, a selected bibliography, and seven rolls of 35mm microfilm of Gordon Kirk’s Census Data Sheets for Holland, Michigan, Residents, 1850-1880 (filmed by Robert P. Swierenga, July 1974) used in the creation of Kirk’s graduate school thesis, “The Promise of American Life: Social Mobility in a Nineteenth Century Immigrant Community, Holland, Michigan, 1847-1994, 2007 Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS) conference proceedings editor’s working papers, and “Migration, Mobility and the Transformation of the Occupational Structure in an Immigrant Community: Holland, Michigan, 1850-1880” (Journal of Social History, Winter 1974). Articles cover all phases of the Dutch migration to the United States, an address given at the dedication of the Joint Archives of Holland, and a paper presented at the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies conference, September 1993. The collection also contains a series of oral history interviews of local Holland civic and business leaders conducted by Robert Swierenga and David Boeve that include Ken Beelen, Ron and Sonja “Sunny” Boeve, Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, Gordon Van Wylen, Bill Vogelzang, Soren Wolff; and microfilmed records for Classis Chicago records, First Reformed Church of Chicago records, First Reformed Church of Cleveland records, and Second Reformed Church of Cleveland records.


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