Adrian Zwemer



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In the minutes of the School Board of the Holland Academy, among those present were Rev. Philip Phelps Jr. and Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte. Article 2 reads as follows: "The minutes of the former meeting were read and approved. It was resolved to change the heading in naming the Board, "School Board of the Holland Academy." --Being the nature of the Board solely a Classical Committee to manage the finds, relating to the Academy, of Classis Holland and Wisconsin. This board will not be overseeing the developing college since another board has been appointed and has that obligation. [Unfortunately, the minutes of the new board, the Board of Superintendents, are not known to exist at this point. E.J.B. 26 April 2007.] These particular minutes are important because all the students in the academy are named individually. No first names are given, however. Forty two students are listed. The board voted to call Rev. Peter J. Oggel, pastor of the First Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa, [and son-in-law of Van Raalte] as a teacher in the academy at a salary of $400 per year.




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 Minutes of the School Board of the Holland Academy