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Eight abstract of title records. The first one records the sale of property to the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte by the United States government; the second, dated July 21, 1848, is the sale by the trustees of the village [A.C.V.R., J. Van der Vere (sic) Jan Slag, J. A. Verhorst, and J. Schrader] of Holland to "The Public." The others are Isaac Merritt to Susan Hart, Henry and Klaas Brouwer and wives to Pieter and Jantje Kok, A.C.V.R. to George Harrington, George Harrington to Charles P. March, John P. Marsh to John Roost, and John Roost to Peter Van A[an]rooy. The handwriting is identical on all the records.




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.

Eight Abstract of Title Records