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Johannes B. Hoekstra Collection



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Sermons, Bound Manuscripts, and Call Letters

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Johannes B. Hoekstra Collection, 1869-1934 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Johannes B. Hoekstra Collection, 1869-1934

ID: COLL/110

Primary Creator: Johannes B. Hoekstra (1855-1949)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: New York (N.Y.), Theology - Study and teaching (Higher)


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes correspondence, call letters, records, notes, and pamphlets on New York City, sermons, and lecture notes.

Biographical Note

Our collection includes the many call letters received by Johannes B. Hoekstra. They reveal the level of financial assistance given ministers in his time–the car allowance of his day was food for the horse and an acre and a half of land adjacent to the parsonage.

Johannes was born in Oude Leije in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands, September 15, 1855. He taught in Tjum and later for eight years in Hallum, Friesland, where he married Maggie Vander Meer. Soon after their marriage, the couple moved to Vriesland, Michigan. After teaching a year in Kalamazoo, Michigan, they moved to an apartment above the William Street School where he taught until 1884, when he began his studies for the ministry.

In 1887, Johannes entered the active ministry in First Pella, Iowa. Churches served by him include Second Muskegon, Michigan (1891); East Saugatuck, Michigan (1896); Dennis Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan (1903); and Midland Park, New Jersey (1909).

To understand the exegetical and practical abilities of Johannes Hoekstra, the researcher should read the meditations found in De Wachter. For twenty years, he served as editor of the Meditaties (1910-1930). They were described as pithy, rich in exposition, and filled with practical information.

Johannes and Maggie had eight children. Their home was one where books were read and Dutch and English poetry was enjoyed.

Johannes B. Hoekstra passed away at the age of 94 on October 18, 1949.

Subject/Index Terms

New York (N.Y.)
Theology - Study and teaching (Higher)

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.50 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of the J.B. Hoekstra family

Other Note: Collection in Dutch.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Sermons, Bound Manuscripts, and Call Letters, 1869-1934],

Series 1: Sermons, Bound Manuscripts, and Call Letters --- 1869-1934
Box 1
Folder 1: Bound manuscript: Hermeneutiek --- 1884, notes
Folder 2: Bound manuscript: Metaphysica and Romeinsche en Grieksche Antiquiteiten, notes
Folder 3: Bound manuscript: Natuurlijke Godgeleerdheid and Inleiding op de Dogmatiek, notes
Folder 4: Record book: Tekst register --- 1900-1929
Folder 5: Record book: Tekst register for meditations in De Wachter --- 1910-1934
Folder 6: Address to Ministers' Conference --- (undated)
Folder 7: Call letters --- 1885-1921
Folder 8: Citizenship certificate --- January 8, 1888
Folder 9: Correspondence --- 1869-1934
Folder 10: Pamphlet on New York City --- 1915
Folder 11: Sermons in booklets, handwritten in the Dutch language
Folder 12: Teacher's certificate --- April 21, 1874

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