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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. 1865-66. Published by the Council. Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers. 1866. 48 pages. Dr. Philip Phelps is the president; Albertus C. Van Raalte is listed as the representative of the Particular Synod of Chicago. V.R. is also listed as president of the Council. Six gentlemen are listed as faculty. Thirty names of students are listed but at the publishing of the brochure, two are deceased, it says, and five withdrew before the incorporation. The courses offered in the Holland Academy are also listed. The students number 27 making a total enrollment of college and academy of fifty. Pages 37 to 40, a list is given of all the graduates of the Academy to date. There were 73 graduates. A historical sketch of the Academy, year by year, is on pages 41 to 47. The historical material is an important source on the early history of the college and academy.




Holland, Ottawa Co., Mich.


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.