Henry Huizinga (also seen as Huizenga) was born in New Groningen, Michigan, on January 8, 1873. He was a graduate of Hope College in 1893, Western Theological Seminary in 1896, and from the University of Michigan’s Literature, Science and the Arts Department in 1907. Huizinga married Susan Antvelink (born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on July 26, 1875), on July 1, 1896, at Seventh Reformed Church on Leonard Street in Grand Rapids by Rev. J. W. Muilenburg. After receiving his degree from Western Theological Seminary, Huizinga became a Reformed Church in America missionary to Vellore, India, and Baptist-sponsored missionary to Shanghai, China. He later served as president ofShanghaiCollege. He is remembered for writing and publishing the Gospel of St. John in poetic verse. Dorothy Huizinga, whose photograph albums enlightened the collection, was the niece of Henry and Susan Huizinga and the daughter of Gerrit Huizinga and Kate Telder Huizinga. She was born inVellore,India, graduated fromIowaState, and was a teacher of home economics atBaraga,Michigan, and Godfrey Lee inWyoming,Michigan. The collection, donated by Elaine Watterson, the great-niece of Susie Antvelink Huizinga, consists of correspondence, photograph albums, Shanghai College yearbook, the Gospel of St. John written in poetry, and various materials associated with the Huizinga family. Though most of the collection deals with Henry and Susan Huizinga, it also contains a fair quantity of material of Gerrit and Kate Huizinga and Dorothy Huizinga. Much of the correspondence is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Zevalkink and Mrs. G. J. Antvelink. Subjects include: Foreign Missions, Vellore, Gudwal, India,China, Reformed Church Missionary, and Shanghai College.
Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W97-1221. Huizinga Family. Papers, 1894-1984. 3.00 linear ft." (2012). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 424.
November 20, 2012.