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A copy of the "First Catalogue and Circular of Hope College, incorporated A.D. 1866, at Holland, Ottawa Co., Michigan; with a Catalogue and Circular of the Holland Academy. 1865--6." Published by the Council. Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers. 1865. Since Philip Phelps is principal, the material was published in Albany, New York. On pages 41-48 of the Academy Circular, Phelps gives a detailed history of the development of the institution. In the introduction to first catalogue of Hope College, Phelps wrote, "There has been no concealment of the Denominational aspect of the enterprise. Why should there be? A College is not injured by Denominationalism, but by the failure on the part of its ecclesiastical parent to provide what may be requisite to render it respectable and attractive in the eyes of strangers."




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.

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