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Cornelius Witt Collection, 1930-1983

Collection Overview

Title: Cornelius Witt Collection, 1930-1983

ID: COLL/334

Creator: Witt, Cornelius (1903-1983)

Extent: 2.9 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes sermon files with an index; student notes; article files; scrapbooks consisting of pictures of churches and ministers according to classis; a letter, written to Henry Beets, relating information concerning the Christian Reformed Church in Hull, North Dakota; a manuscript history entitled "Tales from Dutch History"; correspondence regarding family history; outline of Christian Reformed history; information regarding Maxwell City, New Mexico; correspondence to servicemen; and an autobiography, "Years of My Youth."

Biographical Note

When the Rev. Cornelius Witt died, 8 December 1983, the church lost a pastor who had an abiding interest in the youth.  The Banner announcement, which appeared 30 January 1984, was captioned, "Pastor, youth lover dies."

Cornelius Witt was involved in the organization of the Young Calvinist Federation.  He served for a time as a contributor to the Young People's department of The Banner.  His wife, Jeanette (Schoolland), also maintained an interest in and support of youth organizations.  She served at one time as president of the Young Women's League of the Pella district, and later as president of the Holland-Zeeland Young Women's League.  Jeanette wrote several articles for The Banner when she was appointed (1957) as a contributor to the Woman's World section of the denominational paper.

When Rev. Witt retired he served as leader of the Men's Societies of the Holland area.  He attended the annual conventions of the Federation of Christian Reformed Men's Society and often wrote a report of the conventions for the Federation Messenger.  His last report appeared in a 1982 issue.

When he was eight years old, the Witt family moved from Broek-op-hangedijk, the Netherlands, where he was born, September 10, 1903.  Shortly after arriving in Grand Rapids, the family moved to Denver, Colorado.  Cornelius studied at Calvin College and Seminary, graduating in 1929.  He was ordained into the ministry September 15, 1929.  His inaugural sermon in the Leighton Christian Reformed Church, Leighton, Iowa, was based on I Peter 2:4-5.  Other Christian Reformed Churches served by Rev. C. Witt were in Hull, North Dakota (1937-1941); Harderwyk, Holland, Michigan (1941-1950); Ebenezer, Trenton, Ontario (1950-1958); Flint, Michigan (1959-1963); and East Palmyra, New York (1963-1968).

Those who came into contact with the Rev. C. Witt found in him a pastor with a high degree of sanctified common sense.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Dutch HistoryAdd to your cart.
Box 1: Tales from Dutch HistoryAdd to your cart.
Series 2: SermonsAdd to your cart.
Box 2: SermonsAdd to your cart.
Box 3: SermonsAdd to your cart.
Box 4: SermonsAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Articles --- 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Creeds of the CR and articles of R. A. Hoekstra from The Banner --- 1930-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Descended into Hell, articles of D. Zwier in De WachterAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Divine Sovereignty and human responsibility articles by D. Zwier in De Wachter, --- 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Proof texts for DogmaticsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: The Future of the Jews.  Articles by D. Zwier in De Wachter --- 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 6: History of the CRC, The Banner and De Wachter articles, by various authors --- 1933-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Review (outline) of the Theology of the Gospel by James Moffett (1870-1944). SeminaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Seminary Student papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Time of Regeneration (Dutch).  Articles in De Wachter by D. Zwier --- 1937-38Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Tithing.  Press clippings and brochures of the --- 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Series 4: AlbumsAdd to your cart.
Box 6: Albums and boxes filled with pictures of Christian Reformed Churches and ministersAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "History of the Christian Reformed Church: A Brief Outline" --- 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence to servicemen --- 1966-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Information re Maxwell City, New Mexico --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "The Years of My Youth" --- 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Memories of my Youth," by Jeannette Schoolland Witt --- 1981Add to your cart.