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The Council of Hope College was scheduled to meet on 5 August but no quorum was present so the meeting was postponed to the 13th. Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte chaired the meeting. The application for a lease of land for the proposed blast furnace was read and considered. But no mention was made as to final decision on the request. Financial reports were given but the details of the reports were not given. Two motions that occurred at the session of the 13th and of the 14th were passed by majority by not unanimously. Dr. Van Raalte was authorized "to use the Rail Road bonds for the for the support of the Primary and Femal [sic] Departments."




Holland, Michigan


Transcription by Mary Ottemess, 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.

Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College