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All of the document of thirty pages is in Albertus C. Van Raalte's handwriting except pages 28-30. This is contrast with the Dorpslands Dagboek in the Calvin College archives, the Van Raalte collection, box 13, folder 218. That document of 35 pages is in another person's handwriting except for pages 34 and 35 which are in Van Raalte's handwriting. The major portion of this document is a record of land and property transactions concerning lots in the village of Holland. The document is also a record of many names of early Holland residents.




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

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.


The original documents are held in the Holland Museum.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the Holland Museum.

Village Daybook