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John P. Van Haitsma Collection

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Personal items, Correspondence, Chapel talks and prayers

Teaching Materials

Teaching Materials Concluded; Writings

Miscellaneous Material

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John P. Van Haitsma Collection, 1913-1961 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: John P. Van Haitsma Collection, 1913-1961

ID: COLL/293

Primary Creator: Van Haitsma, John P. (1884-1965)

Extent: 2.75 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of biology at Calvin College. The collection includes class lecture notes; correspondence; book reviews; chapel talks; pamphlets; subject files; genealogical information; and notes detailing the history of Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church at Grand Rapids, Michigan. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

John Peter Van Haitsma was born in Zutphen, Michigan on April 1, 1884.  Haitsma attended the University of Michigan where he studied organic science, botany, and zoology. He received both his Bachelor's and Master's from the University of Michigan.  In 1909 Van Haitsma accepted a faculty position in Calvin College's science department. He eventually became head of the college's organic science department.  During this time, he also furthered his own education. He attended the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. He ultimately earned his Ph.D. and during his research in parasitology, he discovered two new species of fish parasites.

As a professor of biology, Van Haitsma also taught the subject with a Christian point of view. He was also involved with student life as a sponsor of the student biology club, the Phytozoon Society.  Van Haitsma also published a book, The Supplanter Undeceived, 1942 and during his retirement he wrote articles in the Banner.

On April 6, 1965 Professor John Peter Van Haitsma passed away due to a brief illness.  His wife of 51 happy years of marriage, Kate Kuizema preceded him in death.  They were survived by their daughter, Janice; son-in-law, Jacob Aldrink; and three grandchildren.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 Boxes

Related Materials:

See: Peter Hoekstra, Coll 109, Box 3

[LP Record, side one]: “Farewell Chapel Talk,” by Peter Hoekstra, May 10, 1954 [HHLP0002]

[LP Record, side two]: “Farewell Chapel Talk,” by J.P. Van Haitsma, May 7, 1954 [HHLP0002]


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[Series 1: Personal items, Correspondence, Chapel talks and prayers],
[Series 2: Teaching Materials],
[Series 3: Teaching Materials Concluded; Writings],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Material],
[Series 5: Personal Academic Items],
[All]

Series 1: Personal items, Correspondence, Chapel talks and prayers
Box 1
Folder 1: Personal items: Academic records; brief biography of Calvin tenure; Book review of his book; a Child's Story Book; household records
Folder 2: Personal items: Family history
Folder 3: Personal items: a Dutch devotional book
Folder 4: Personal items: 2 journals of household expenditures, 1898-99
Folder 5: Correspondence: A-B --- 1924-52
Folder 6: Correspondence: C-F --- 1931-52
Folder 7: Correspondence: G-K --- 1931-61
Folder 8: Correspondence: with Ed Y. Monsma --- 1927
Folder 9: Correspondence: M (including U of M) --- 1919-54
Folder 10: Correspondence: N-S --- 1921-55
Folder 11: Correspondence: U-W --- 1913-51
Folder 12: Correspondence --- undated
Folder 13: Correspondence: Calvin College --- 1919-55
Folder 14: Chapel talks --- undated
Folder 15: Chapel prayers --- undated

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal items, Correspondence, Chapel talks and prayers],
[Series 2: Teaching Materials],
[Series 3: Teaching Materials Concluded; Writings],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Material],
[Series 5: Personal Academic Items],
[All]


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