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Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was in the chair for this meeting of the executive committee of the Council of Hope College. The meeting was attended by Pres. Philip Phelps Jr., Rev. Christiaan Vander Veen, Rev. Abel T. Stewart and Elder Dr. Bernardus Ledeboer. C. Doesburg reported on endowment interest he collected. Gerrit Kollen had collected for De Hope. Amounts of insurance for college buildings was listed. The executive committee resumed its meeting on 29 October with Van Raalte in the chair. The subject for discussion at the meeting was primary and female education. Several actions were taken. The female and primary departments would be united for the time being. Rev. William B. Gilmore and Mrs. Owen Van Olinda were to be engaged as teachers. The record gave the impression that Pres. Phelps had failed to follow up on action taken at the council of Hope College 15 June 1870. [In view of the tension seen in the letter of Van Raalte to Vander Veen 23 October 1872, Van Raalte and Phelps may not have been getting along well at this time.]




Holland, Michigan


Transcription by Mary Otterness, 2004.

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.

The Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Council of Hope College