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Johanna Veenstra Collection

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Title: Johanna Veenstra Collection, 1917-2007Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/306

Primary Creator: Veenstra, Johanna (1894-1933)

Extent: 2.65 Cubic Feet. More info below.

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Abstract

Missionary with the Sudan United Missions, Africa. The collection includes photographs, family history, artifacts, and letters written to friends and to Christian Reformed Church societies detailing Nigerian missionary life.

Biographical Note

Johanna Veenstra was born on April 19, 1894 in Paterson, New Jersey. Veenstra attended school as well as received training from a business college. At the age of 14, she commuted to New York City for work as a secretary.  Even though she was earning good money and received a promotion, she still felt a longing for something more. One Sunday at the Second CRC in Paterson, she made her public confession of faith.  She became determined that her purpose in life was to become a missionary. She promptly became involved with mission projects, and enrolled in the Union Missionary Training Institute. She graduated from the Institute as valedictorian.

At the age of 20, Veenstra wanted to travel to Africa to begin her missionary work, however there was an age requirement of 25. In the meantime, she studied Reformed Doctrine at Calvin College, took practical medicine classes at Bellevue Hospital, and worked with the Paterson Hebrew Mission.  In October of 1919, Veenstra finally got to set sail for Africa. With a stop in England, Veenstra boarded another boat for Nigeria. It wasn't until January 20, 1920 that she was able to set foot on Africa's soil. Veenstra still had a long trip ahead of her, 300 miles inland.  Veenstra travelled once again by boat then by bicycle to her new home of Takum.

Once she settled in her village, Veenstra found that life wasn't any easier. Veenstra had to boil the water before drinking it, and wore boots so she wouldn't get bitten by poisonous snakes and scorpions. She also had to learn a completely new language to communicate with the native people. Even with all the dangers, Veenstra was determined to spread the gospel.

In 1921 Veenstra was assigned the new task of opening a new post at Lupwe. New grass huts needed to be built as well as a new school. When the only male missionary became sick, it was up to Veenstra and her helper, Miss Haigh, to carry on the mission. The two women continued to preach to the villages of the surrounding villages on their own. After two years, Veenstra's left Nigeria for home on furlough. Once back in the United States, Veenstra spoke to churches about her mission work. Veenstra was anxious to return to Nigeria. Once she returned, she opened a boarding school and a dispensary. Over next few years she expanded the school, the clinic, and organized a church for the converted. In April of 1933, Veenstra was struck with appendicitis. Although she had a successful operation, she still passed away on April 9, 1933. She was buried in Nigeria.


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Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1-5: Correspondence --- 1917-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters, photocopies, Banner and Missionary Monthly --- 1919-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Index to letters written in Banner and Missionary Monthly --- 1919-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Condolences to Johanna's mother --- 1933-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, Johanna's mother --- 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence re: Collection --- 1962-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Family history, Johanna's mother, ca. --- 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Family history, Y. C. Spyksma and H. Brouwer --- 1962-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Paper, 1915; Reformed Doctrine exams --- 1916, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Pocket notes --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Memorial Service program --- 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Design for gravestone --- 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Diary excerpts (October 1, 1919 - February 23, 1920) given to P. Stam --- April 16, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence: Faye Latome (Schaddelee), 1928-1933 and 2007; and photographs --- 1931, 1932, and undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Photographs --- 1931-1932, and undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Scrapbook, mission related clippings --- 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Booklet, A Memorial Tribute to Miss Johanna Veenstra: Missionary to the Dzompere Tribes of the Sudan United Mission, (cover title: In Loving Memory) [HERH BV3625.S8 V43] --- 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The First Annual Report of the Female, Bible, Missionary and Tract Society of New- Utrecht --- 1826Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Devotional book (annotated) --- 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Hausa Grammar Notes by J. L. Maxwell --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bible belonging to Johanna VeenstraAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Medical book used by JohannaAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Johanna Veenstra by Winifred M. Pearce [HERH BV3625.S812 V44] --- 1958Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Indexed Testament in memory of Johanna --- 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Index - Missionary Monthly, subject: Christian Reformed Church and Nigeria --- 1922-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Missionary reports, articles, brochureAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Brochure --- 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Johanna Veenstra, Banner articles [4] by S. Haan --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Story of Johanna Veenstra - Banner articles [25] by M. M. Schoolland --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs, JohannaAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, Union Missionary Training School, Brooklyn, New YorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Photograph, Paterson Hebrew MissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Photograph, SUM Conference, IbiAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, Johanna and missionariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographs --- 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Photographs, Africans at Acha and TakumAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs, African personnelAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Photographs, Mai -Yaki, Johanna's mailmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Photographs, Africans --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Photographs, dwellingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Stamps and envelopes [vault]Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Speech of appeal for missionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Memorial addressAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Speaking appointment recordAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence re: remembering Johanna Veenstra in the mission fieldAdd to your cart.
Box 5: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: shoesAdd to your cart.
Item 2: two pursesAdd to your cart.
Item 3: coin purseAdd to your cart.
Item 4: three beltsAdd to your cart.
Item 5: eye makeup/ medicine holderAdd to your cart.
Item 6: napkin ringAdd to your cart.
Item 7: loin girdle ("given by Johanna Veenstra, the first year she came home on furlough" - Delia)Add to your cart.
Series 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Photographs, Johanna and Nelle Breen,1931; group with Johanna and Anne Latome, 1931; Johanna aboard Adriatic, 1932; Johanna in Ireland, 1932; Johanna, undated; and Johanna, portrait --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs, JohannaAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, Union Missionary Training School, Brooklyn, New YorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Photograph, Paterson Hebrew MissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Photograph, SUM Conference, IbiAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, Johanna and missionariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographs --- 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Photographs, Africans at Acha and TakumAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs, African personnelAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Photographs, Mai -Yaki, Johanna's mailmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Photographs, Africans --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Photographs, dwellingsAdd to your cart.
See also: RG C4.9.1 (Box 186, folder 6), correspondence and press clippings, 1925-1934

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