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One of four Phelps family children born in Van Vleck Hall on Hope College’s campus, in Holland, Michigan. Son of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Philip Phelps, Jr. (1826-1896). He graduated from Hope College in 1882 with an A.B. degree and M.A. degree in 1885 and a theological degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1889. During his time at NBTS, he was a member of a group made up of Dr. Lansing, Dr. Zwemer and Dr. Cantine, responsible for establishing the Arabian Mission. He served as a pastor of several New Yorkchurches in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) at Sharon (1889-1895), First Reformed Church of Ghent (1895-1900), Gansevoort (1902-1908), stated supply for Buskirk (1908-1910), Clarkesville (1913-1914) and Cohoes, New York(1921-1922). The collection includes articles like, “Enough?”, a letter of apology for failure to accompany Samuel M. Zwemer and James Cantine to Arabia; the book, The Golden Milestone by Zwemer and Cantine contains references to P. T. Phelps and penciled notes about him; annual reports of the Board of Domestic Missions (RCA) from 1849‑1852 that contain reports on Holland, Michigan, by Philip Phelps, A. C. Van Raalte and Isaac Newton Wyckoff; a poem by P. T. Phelps about Van Vleck Hall; his obituary; two tracts by him; a photograph of Van Vleck Hall and drawing of Hope College campus; bound volume of commencement programs of Holland Academy, 1861‑1865, and of Hope College, 1866‑1885; and a scrapbook containing clippings, letters, photographs and other documents pertaining to Phelps’ life.


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