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Calvin College class of 1929; Western Theological Seminary, class of 1932; D. D. from Hope College, 1945; minister of the RCA with First Reformed Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1932-1941); professor of Greek and New Testament at Western Theological Seminary (1942-1977); adjunct professor with both WTS and Hope College (1978-1988). Collection contains articles and manuscripts including “Guidance Data on the Proceedings Relative to Free Masonry” and “The Beardslee Library, Western Theological Seminary” (2004); correspondence and papers relating to the work of the Reformed Church of Canada; materials of the Reformed Church Board of Education on education philosophy; correspondence from Henry Bast, John R. Mulder, John W. Beardslee, Jr., C. P. Dame, Ernest Colwell, Verne Oggel, Oscar Cullman; correspondence on the William Coventry case; working papers and correspondence of the Commission on History and Research, Reformed Church; working papers and correspondence dealing with Oudersluys’ work on the liturgy commission, RCA; three issues of the “Reformed View,” 1947; pamphlets and talk on the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, 1952; theological commission papers of the RCA, 1960-1967; and brochures edited by Oudersluys concerning Dr. Jacob Van Der Meulen, Anton Biemolt, Western Theological Seminary, Dr. Henry E. Dosker, Dr. Nicholas M. Steffens, Dr. John E. Kuizenga, Dr. Henry Hospers, and Dr. Siebe C. Nettinga.

Theological topics worthy of note are infant baptism, children at communion, women’s ordination and women in the ministry, homosexuality, and death and dying.

There are substantial holdings on First Reformed Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Third Reformed Church of Holland. There is also much material about Western Theological Seminary including class syllabi, lectures, minutes, papers, and councils. There is information linked to Albertus Pieters, Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP), Eugene Osterhaven, Lester Kuyper, and Dr. Henry Hospers.

Of note and value may be an 1883 land purchase agreement of Charles C. Comstock, a historical figure of the Grand Rapidsarea, papers from a 1961 course in Switzerlandtaught by the famous theologian Karl Barth, and correspondence and pictures with Robert Schuller. Also contains work on Oudersluys’ unfinished dissertation about the Byzantine Legionary System.

Richard C. Oudersluys passed away in Holland, Michigan, on November 20, 2010, at the age of 103 years.


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