Adrian Zwemer



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In the meeting of the Board of Regents of the Holland Academy, important decisions were made. In attendance were: Rev. Philip Phelps Jr., Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen, Rev. G. J. Nykerk, Rev. Herman Stobbelaar, Rev. Roelof Pieters, Rev. Christian Vander Veen, Rev. Adrian Zwemer, and elders, Gerrit Wakker, H. Broek, and H. Yntema. Rev. J. M. Ferris and Elder B. Ledeboer, M.D., from the Classis of Michigan were also present. Pieters was elected president for the coming year. Matters regarding students and finances were taken care of. Principal Phelps proposed a more permanent basis for the Academy. It was resolved that a normal school class be started for the purpose of educating teachers. Then as a follow-up of Phelps's proposal, a plan was presented the next day involving Supervision and Professorships. "The action of the Principal in the establishment of a Collegiate Department is approved." With this action, Hope College is founded!!




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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 Joint Archives of Holland.


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 Joint Archives of Holland.

The Meeting of the Board of Regents of the Holland Academy