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A "Report on Hope College--its finances and management--the president and faculty requested to resign," appeared in the Holland City News, p. 1, and gave the details of the momentous decision by the General Synod as to why it decided to suspend theological education at Hope College. An excerpt from the Synod committee's report is as follows: "Your committee, while sympathizing largely in this estimate of the importance of maintaining a sound theology in the churches, and while able with the whole church, to testify to an ardent admiration of that great and good man, Albertus C. Van Raalte, and while recognizing the graceful propriety there is in attaching his name to a professorships in theology, still do not and can not sink out of sight other and very essential interests." On page 4, the editor gives his view of the whole situation.




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.