John Van Vleck



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The "Traveling & Begging Guide" of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte when he went on fund-raising trips to New York and New Jersey to raise money for the academy building, later known as Van Vleck Hall. He is given clear directions as to where he must travel and whom he should visit. The writer of instructions in the guide is not identified. However, judging from a 1 September 1856 letter of John Van Vleck to Van Raalte, the handwriting of Van Vleck is similar to the handwriting in this document. A letter of introduction to prospective donors by Dr. Thomas De Witt is appended to the traveling guide.




Holland, Michigan


In English.

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.