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Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was present at this meeting of the Council of Hope College although Elder L. S. Viele was in the chair. Rev. Seine Bolks reported on his work accomplished as Collecting Agent of the council. Dr. and Mrs. Van Raalte gave thirty acres to the college. Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen and his wife gave property to the college. At the session on the 30th, it was reported that Dr. Isaac Ferris gave a number of books to the theological department. A notation would go into each volume that the book was given to "the Western Theological School..." Considerable time was spent on the financial difficulties of De Hope. The meeting concluded 31 March.




Holland, Michigan


Transcription by Mary Otterness, 2004.

Description of the document 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.


Minutes of the Council of Hope College, pp. 114-121.

Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College