Abel T. Stewart



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The Council of Hope College was convened in the library of the college by Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. The meeting had been scheduled for the previous day but could not be held for lack of a quorum. Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was present. Many actions were taken. One was: "Let the East half of the 60 acres on the South Side of Black Lake donated by Doctor Van Raalte be deeded to the Council of Hope College in trust for their Grammar School." Action was also taken to establish a Primary Department. The minutes of this meeting are incomplete. Page 67 is missing.




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.

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