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A special meeting of the Council of Hope College was held to deal with several matters. A major decision was "that Hope College be raised to a University & that the corporate name & style of our Institution be changed from that of Hope College to Hope Haven University. "Pres. Phelps would then resign and be reappointed as president of Hope Haven University. It was reported that a farm had been purchased for the establishment of a Scientific Department. A goodly number of persons were present at this meeting. Pres. Phelps was in the chair. Other attendees were Rev. Seine Bolks [Zeeland, Michigan], Rev. James Demarest Jr. [Chicago, Illinois], Rev. John S. Joralmon [Fairview, Illinois], Rev. Edward P. Livingston [Bushnell, Illinois], Rev. Peter J. Oggel [Hope College], Rev. Roelof Pieters [Holland, Michigan], Rev. Abel T. Stewart [Holland, Michigan], Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen [Grand Rapids, Michigan], J[acob?], Van Der Meulen [Kalamazoo, Michigan], Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Elders Dr. Bernardus Ledeboer [Holland, Michigan], and [Hessel?] Yntema [Zeeland, Michigan].
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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Stewart, Abel T., "A Special Meeting of the Council of Hope College" (1867). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 444.
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.