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The editors of De Hope visited Rotterdam, Kansas and received from the minister there an old Van Raalte letter which they transcribed and published in their periodical. It was a "discovery that made the trip worthwhile." Jas. F. Zwemer speaks about the importance of the letter.
The original documents are held in the Van Raalte Institute.
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 Van Raalte Institute.
Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Nella, "Old Van Raalte Letter Published in De Hope in 1904" (1870). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 6.
Notes by Nella Kennedy, November 2020.
Description of the document and reference to the Van Raalte Institute 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.