Hope College class of 1895, Princeton Theological Seminary class of 1898, and doctoral degree from Central College in 1900. He served several Reformed Church in America (RCA) congregations throughout a 30-year period. The collection consists of many letters written by Bruins to his family and friends. As Elton Bruins would say, he was a great correspondent. Also, some letters of his wife Lillian and their sons, Paul and Richard, are included. The letters are organized according to the writer and then by year. There is one photo album that contains pictures from 1896-1899, and a folder from 1930 that contains pictures of his trip to Europe. There are also sermons, essays and poetry written by Bruins. Perhaps one of the most interesting books in the collection is a rare handwritten Exegesis of Romans IX, written by H. Smytegelt (apparently one of Bruins’ school books). All of the folders are listed alphabetically according to their category. Additional materials are available in the Elton J. Bruins collection (H88-0019).
Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W94-1184. Bruins, Henry M. (1873-1931). Papers, 1888-1983. 2.50 linear ft." (2012). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 166.
July 2, 2012.