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.
Arnoldus Wilhelmus Acker and Nella Kennedy
There appeared an article in an unnamed Dutch newspaper dated, 4 September 1951, the information that Albertus C. Van Raalte was born on this date in Wanneperveen where his father was pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church. The birth was registered on 19 October. The information includes the datum that Van Raalte was born at 6 p.m.
Cornelia B. Kennedy
A page from a [classical?] record which states that the father of Albertus C. Van Raalte was installed as pastor of the church at Wamieperveen, April 7, 1811.
Birth and baptismal record of Albertus C. Van Raalte. He was baptized also in Waimepenmenerwith his parents as witnesses.
Barbara Van Wieren
Genealogical records of the Van Raalte family members. I use the date of 1811 here because of the year of Albertus C. Van Raalte's birth.
Zwartsluis Government and Henry ten Hoor
A record of the birth of Albertus C. Van Raalte, taken from the "doopboek" of Zwartsluis. The four pages of the record give the names of his ancestors, his parents and sixteen brothers and sisters.