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The Council of Hope College met on the 23rdin the newly finished library but a quorum was not present so the regular meeting was held the next day with Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte in the chair. Prof. Charles Scott was present as an advisory member of the council. The order of examinations was presented to the council. It was reported that a lady from Amsterdam, New York, gave the college twenty-two books and the theological department, eighty-six volumes. The books came from the widow of Rev. Henry Snyder. Dr. Thomas De Witt gave 250 volumes to the college. A gift of $200 for the library was given by Samuel B. Schieffelin. Mr. William A. Hall of Hastings on Hudson, New York, gave $1,000 for a new printing press.[Pres. Phelps had served the Hastings congregation before he came to Holland Academy in 1859.] The Holland Relief Committee gave $1,000 to Hope College for expenses incurred from the October, 1871 fire. Prof. Scott was permitted to receive $200 to expend on the house he was renting from the college since his home burned in the fire. The final meeting of this session was concluded on 30 April.




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, 143-147, 155.

Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College