Industrialist and alumnus of Hope College class of 1912. The collection contains clippings, photographs, a speech at the dedication of Van Zoeren Library, four scrapbooks (scrapbook I: “A History of the Van Zoeren Family,” including a genealogy, family pictures, copies of family documents and some correspondence; scrapbook II: “My Memory Book of Hope College,” 1904‑1912, including class reunions through 1962, and three tapes of class reunions and one photograph, 1935‑1955; scrapbook III: “How Chemical Specialties Grew,” the history of a chemical company, 1935‑1955, and what happened to it and its founders through 1965; scrapbook IV: “The Van Zoeren Library Story”). Also included in the collection is an audiotape cassette/transcription of an interview conducted by Dr. James Malcolm in 1976, letters written by John Albers, a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War, to his sister living in Vriesland, Michigan, and a book about the family of Hessel O. Yntema.
Repository citation: Hope College, "H88-0182. Van Zoeren, Gerrit J. (1884-1980). Papers, 1863-1980. 3.00 linear ft." (2013). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 802.
August 12, 2013.