Mary Otterness



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The Council of Hope College met in special session with Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte in the chair. A letter from Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. was read, explaining his absence. A letter from Rev. Walter Beardslee was read. He declined the position offered him as Financial Agent. Then Prof. Charles Scott was elected Financial Agent but he declined also. [This may have been the last meeting of the council that Van Raalte attended.]




Holland, Michigan


Transcribed 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