Abel T. Stewart



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At a meeting of the Council of Hope College, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte took the chair. A total of twelve members were present. Pres. Philip Phelps Jr., acting as treasurer and gave a report. The report was seven pages in length. [See the report in file dated 15 September 1869.] Rev. William B. Gilmore declined his appointment as Rector of the Grammar School. "Also one [a letter] from the Rev. Doctor Van Raalte accepting his appointment." [which was ??] During the illness of Rev. Pieter J. Oggel, Rev. Roelof Pieters was asked to take his place in Catechetical Instruction as well as [Rev. Jacob??] Van Der Meulen. At the 17 September session, it was noted that Van Raalte would visit churches to raise money for the institution.




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.

Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College