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At this meeting of the Council of Hope College, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raate was again elected president of the council. Rev. Abel T. Stewart was again elected secretary also. The minutes are not clear that Van Raalte was in the chair but it was likely that he was. Examinations of students were held. Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. was in attendance. It was resolved that a financial agent be appointed in order to raise "not less than $100,000 for instruction in the Academic Dept." Persons on the real estate committee reported progress. From all the actions taken at these sessions of the council over several days, one gets the impression that the college must operate on a better business basis.




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.

Minutes of the Council of Hope College