Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."
Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.
Albertus Van Raalte, Catrina Christina Harking, Nella Kennedy, and William Kennedy
The wedding certificate of Rev. Albertus van Raalte, pastor in Renswoude, 23 years of age and Catharina Christina Harking of Amsterdam, 20 years old. Her father was Arend Harking. Albertus and Catharina are the parents of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, of Holland, Michigan.
Hendrik Van Raalte and Nella Kennedy
Hendrik Van Raalte, a former resident of Zwartsluis, made an oath that he would be a good citizen of Amsterdam. He is a seaman. Since he came from Zwartsluis, there may be an Albertus C. Van Raalte connection.
Genealogical records of the Van Raalte family members.