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A contract between the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and C. G. de Moen in regards to the pottery factory. It reads: "This is to certify that the undersigned A. C. Van Raalte, minister of the Christian Seceding Church from Ommen, with C. Dros, manufacturer of soap and C. G. de Moen, physician and gynecologist from Leiden, will go into partnership with one another for the purpose of quarrying clay or loam from the Lemelerberg to sell it or use it in other lucrative ways, by manufacturing bricks, pans, pots or other kinds of earthenware which can be made with a profit, or to do something else, for fifteen consecutive years, starting today and ending no later than December 1855; this partnership can be expanded if so desire, and more people can join."




Ommen, the Netherlands


Description of the document and reference to the Theological University Archives, Kampen, 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 Theological University Archives, Kampen.


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 Theological University Archives, Kampen.

Contract Between A. C. Van Raalte and C. G. de Moen