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"Mr. G. Van Schelven, Acting head of Council of Hope College Pay to W. Shields the sum of Fifty-dollars on a/c Holland Mich Nov 1, 1871 A. C. Van Raalte pres of council" William Shields, a Hope graduate in the first class of 1866, was an instructor at Hope College. Gerrit Van Schelven was a young friend of V.R.He organized the 25th anniversary of the city in 1872 and 1897. His papers in the archives are a treasure-trove of Holland history.




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.