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Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present at this spring session of the Council of Hope College. The meeting was called to order by Rev. John H. Karsten. A vote of thanks was voted for the gift of Samuel B. Schieffelin. Examinations of students were conducted. Profs. Scott and Crispell were thanked for filling in for Prof. Gerrit J. Kollen while he was out fundraising. More gifts of books to the library were reported. Many volumes came from the library of Rev. Abram Swits. The minutes of this meeting were poorly reported, leaving many blanks. The long-serving secretary, Abel T. Stewart, may have been tiring from his service as the faithful secretary for both the council and for its executive committee.




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.

Minutes of the Council of Hope College