John Van Vleck



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A long, nine-page letter of John Van Vleck to A.C.V.R., in which Van Vleck outlines his grievances with A.C.V.R. A.C.V.R. had accused him of "abusing his countrymen in my writings.- Van Vleck denies the charge although he admits he does not like a few of them. Van Vleck also had to clarify Academy finances. Wynand Wichers refers to this letter in A Century of Hope, pp. 50-52. This is an important document. Unfortunately, the letter is not in good condition and parts of it are missing.




Ulsterville, Ulster Co., New York


Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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 Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

Letter from John Van Vleck to A. C. Van Raalte