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The list of persons and churches who donated to the fund for the construction of Van Vleck Hall, Hope College. The manuscript list is in the handwriting of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte who personally canvassed in the states of New York and New Jersey. The amount he raised was $6,564.70 from many people and churches. Many gifts are in the fifty cents to ten dollar range. Names of some donors were Prof Wm. H. Campbell of Rutgers College, the Hon. Th. Frelinghuysen, Samuel B. Schieffelin for five gifts in the amount of $440, Rev. James A. H. Cornell, Rev. C. E. Crispell who later came to Hope College to teach, and many others for a total of 712 gifts. Most of the donors were members of Dutch Reformed Churches.




In English.

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.

List of Persons and Churches Who Donated to the Fund for the Construction of Van Vleck Hall