H09-1713. Mouw Family. Papers, late 1800s-1963. 1.50 linear ft.


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The collection includes two 19th century era photograph albums containing images of Charles Raak, Minnie Raak, Clarence Raak, Mildred Raak, Clara Raak, Jennie Raak, Abram Madderom, Denabos family, Kloosterman family, Reka Kloosterman, Martha Kloosterman, Charley Raak, and Abram De Jong; photographs of the Albert and Carrie Bielefeld family, Gerrit Henry Bielefeld family in the Netherlands, Carrie Raak, Ennegien Schultink Bielefeld, Evert Bielefeld, Ben and Anne Wolters, Washington School and children; Anna Speet Wolters account of the Holland Fire of 1871; and Henry Mouw family movies (8mm and DVD), 1955-1963. Three images are stored in Oversized Photographs. The original projector, screen, splicer and take-up reels, and one green beanie/pot with an orange “H,” worn by freshmen at Hope College, are stored with the Hope Objects Collection. Additional materials include family history documents of Albert and Carrie Raak Bielefeld; warranty deeds and building contract for land and house at 199 West 16th Street, Holland, Michigan, 1914; family history documents for Henry Arthur Mouw and Emily Geneva Bielefeld; photographs of Carrie Raak Bielefeld and Albert Bielefeld, Henry Mouw, Garold Van Engen, Henry Kik, Al Van Dyke, Chet Postma, Herm Rosenberg, Ray Denekas; Hope College notes on expenses incurred by Emily Bielefeld (1941); Bielefeld family genealogical information; Emily Bielefeld baby book (1919-1924); Hope College pot/beanie (cotton); correspondence from Carrie Raak Bielefeld to her children concerning the end of World War Two in Holland, Michigan (1945); Evert Bielefeld Declaration of Intention for Citizenship of the United States (1898); publication “Dear Raak: A Letter from a Great Grandmother to Her Great Grandson,” by Margaret Raak Vanderploeg (1984); Henry Mouw’s ministerial certificates (1943) (Hope Oversized cabinet drawer); correspondence to Mrs. Albert (Carrie Raak) Bielefeld from Germany, 1947-1948 (German, English); correspondence between members of the Bielefeld family in Holland, Michigan, and Germany (photocopies and English translations) (1887-1948), and Boy Scouts of America membership cards for Albert Bielefeld (1941, 1966). The collection also contains copies of Life magazine from 1945.


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