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.
A record of Leiden University, entitled, Album Studiosorum Batavae Academie Lugduno, 1575-1875 indicating that Albertus C. Van Raalte was enrolled in the university on June 16, 1829. A. Brummelkamp was enrolled May 7, Simon van Velzen, on May 8, and Hendrik P. Scholte, May 20.
Leiden University and Cornelia B. Kennedy
A copy of the official document which admits Albertus Christiaan van Raalte to theological studies at Leiden University and signed by the rector magnificus. Van Raalte's first and second name are Latinized in the document.
J. C. Steuerwald and E. William Kennedy
A record of Albertus C. Van Raalte's two years of studies at the Gymnasium in this city.