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Jacob Tunis Hoogstra Collection



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Ministerial Documents, Notes, and Papers

American Calvinist Conference Committee (ACCC)

CAC (Calvinist Action Committee)

ACF (American Calvinist Fellowship)

ARSS (Association for Reformed Scientific Studies)

Calvinistic and Synodical Committee on Ecumenicity

IARFA (International Association for Reformed Faith and Action)

RES (Reformed Ecumenical Synod)


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Collection Overview

Title: Jacob Tunis Hoogstra Collection, 1883-1984

ID: COLL/116

Primary Creator: Jacob Tunis Hoogstra (1900-1979)

Extent: 12.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: American Calvinistic Conference, American Calvinistic Fellowship Committee, Association of Reformed Scientific Studies, Calvinistic Action Committee, Christian Reformed Church - Synodical Committees, International Association for Reformed Faith and Action, Reformed Ecumenical Synod


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes diplomas; ministerial documents; sermon notes; papers; thesis; slides; certificates; and the silver medal of gratitude from the Netherlands given to Anne Smith Hoogstra, spouse, for charity work. The collection also includes correspondence, reports, minutes, constitution, and articles produced by the following organizations: American Calvinist Conference; Calvinist Action Committee; Association for Reformed Scientific Studies; Calvinistic and Synodical Committee on Ecumenicity and Inner-Church; International Association for Reformed Faith and Action; and Reformed Ecumenical Synod.  Correspondents include the following: Jan D. Dengerink, Pierre Marcel, Paul Schrotenboer, Clarence Bouma, Beshai Saeed, Jerome De Jong, Jerry Pott, Robert Recker, Peter Savage, Chester Schemper, Gordon Spykman, Hubert Van Tol, Enno Wolthuis, and Bernard Zylstra.

Biographical Note

Jacob Tunis Hoogstra was born in Prospect Park (Paterson), New Jersey on April 19, 1900. After graduating from Calvin Seminary in 1928 and from Princeton in 1929 with a master’s degree, Hoogstra studied Systematic Theology at Tubingen, Germany, and in 1930 accepted a call to the Christian Reformed Church of Englewood, New Jersey.  While serving the Englewood Christian Reformed Church he continued his studies at the New York Theological Seminary and received a ThD degree in 1934.  His dissertation, “The Epistle to the Romans: The Conflict between Christianity and Humanism,” is included with the papers.

In 1940, Dr. Hoogstra accepted the call from the Prospect Park Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan.  He served the church for twenty-five years and remained a member until his death.

Hoogstra’s commitment to the Reformed faith and Calvinism involved him with the Calvinistic Action Committee, founded in 1945, and later known as the American Calvinistic Fellowship Committee.  This committee in turn participated in the activities of the International Association for Reformed Faith and Action, of which organization the American Calvinistic Fellowship is a regional chapter.  This work brought him in contact with prominent leaders from many denominations and many countries.  Much correspondence is found in the files of these organizations due to Hoogstra’s committee work and his involvement in the planning and attendance of the Conferences of the Calvinistic Action Committee and the International Conferences on Reformed Faith and Action.  In connection with these tasks, Hoogstra edited several books.  Correspondence concerning this work covers several files.

His dedication to the efforts to establish a Christian University resulted in his membership in the American Christian University Association, 1943-1946, and the Association for Reformed Scientific Studies, 1962-1970.

Along the same period Hoogstra’s papers, contain much information and correspondence in the files of the Calvinistic Ecumenicity Committee, the International Council of Christian Churches, and the Christian Reformed Church Synodical Committee on Ecumenicity and Inter-Church correspondence, 1942-1966.

The post-World War II papers give evidence of his compassion to provide relief to Christians in Hungary and the Netherlands.  Correspondence is found in these files, as well as in the files of the Christian Reformed Church Synod Committee for Korean Spiritual Relief.  Hoogstra served on several other Christian Reformed Synodical committees, such as the Committee on Mixed Marriage, 1944, World Council, 1967, and the Committee on Ecumenicity and Inter-Church.

Hoogstra served on the Board of Trustees of Calvin College and Seminary for sixteen years and was a member of the Executive Committee, serving as secretary for many years.

Hoogstra was married to Anne Smith in 1928. Together they had two sons: John and Calvin. Hoogstra passed away on June 14, 1994 in Holland, Michigan.

Several manuscripts are in the files, also bulletins and other institutional publications, which form a partial background to his many endeavors, of which the files give ample evidence.

Subject/Index Terms

American Calvinistic Conference
American Calvinistic Fellowship Committee
Association of Reformed Scientific Studies
Calvinistic Action Committee
Christian Reformed Church - Synodical Committees
International Association for Reformed Faith and Action
Reformed Ecumenical Synod

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 6.15 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of the J.T. Hoogstra family

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Ministerial Documents, Notes, and Papers],
[Series 2: American Calvinist Conference Committee (ACCC)],
[Series 3: CAC (Calvinist Action Committee)],
[Series 4: ACF (American Calvinist Fellowship)],
[Series 5: ARSS (Association for Reformed Scientific Studies)],
[Series 6: Calvinistic and Synodical Committee on Ecumenicity],
[Series 7: IARFA (International Association for Reformed Faith and Action)],
[Series 8: RES (Reformed Ecumenical Synod)],
[Series 9: FILED BY TOPIC],

Series 4: ACF (American Calvinist Fellowship)
Box 2
Folder 7: ACF Constitution, name change, beginnings --- 1960-1962
Folder 8: ACF Advisory Council --- 1960-1964
Folder 9: ACF articles and papers re: American Calvinist Fellowship --- 1972-1976
Folder 10: ACF Conference, "Authority of the Word of God" --- 1962
Folder 11: ACF Conference, "Creation and Evolution" --- 1966
Folder 12: ACF correspondence --- 1960-1961
Folder 13: ACF correspondence --- 1962-1964
Folder 14: ACF correspondence --- 1965-1967
Folder 15: ACF correspondence --- 1968-1969
Folder 16: ACF correspondence --- 1970-1981
Folder 17: ACF correspondence, Alan Baker --- 1966
Folder 18: ACF correspondence, Herman Baker/ Baker Books --- 1948-1968
Folder 19: ACF correspondence, Beshai Saeed Beshai --- 1967
Folder 20: ACF correspondence, William H. Boer --- 1970
Folder 21: ACF correspondence, Jerome DeJong --- 1967-1971
Folder 22: ACF correspondence, Jan Dengerink --- 1960-1966
Folder 23: ACF correspondence, Indonesian publications --- 1980
Folder 24: ACF correspondence, International Association for Reformed Faith and Action (IARFA) --- 1960-1970
Folder 25: ACF correspondence, International Reformed Bulletin --- 1966
Folder 26: ACF correspondence, Jerry Pott --- 1961-1970
Folder 27: ACF correspondence, Robert Recker --- 1975-1983
Box 3
Folder 1: ACF correspondence, Sidney H. Rooy --- 1964-1982
Folder 2: ACF correspondence, Peter Savage --- 1971-1973
Folder 3: ACF correspondence, Chester Schemper --- 1966-1969
Folder 4: ACF correspondence, Paul G. Schrotenboer --- 1965-1980
Folder 5: ACF correspondence, Gordon Spykman --- 1971-1985
Folder 6: ACF correspondence, Hubert Van Tol --- 1972
Folder 7: ACF correspondence, Enno Wolthuis --- 1973-1976
Folder 8: ACF correspondence, Bernard Zylstra --- 1962-1967
Folder 9: ACF Executive Committee minutes --- 1961-1972
Folder 10: ACF finances --- 1960-1980
Folder 11: ACF, Gereformeerd Weeklad clippings --- 1963
Folder 12: ACF, Heidelberg Catechism articles, correspondence, and pamphlets --- 1961-1963
Folder 13: ACF minutes --- 1960-1970
Folder 14: ACF minutes --- 1971-1983
Folder 16: ACF newsletters, American Calvinistic Fellowship Newsletter --- 1961-1968
Folder 17: ACF newspapers and digests, Holland, South Africa --- 1968, 1975, 1976
Folder 18: ACF re: Pentagon hassles --- 1972-1981
Folder 19: ACF periodicals, literature, and booklets --- undated
Folder 20: ACF reports to Synod --- 1960, 1972, 1974
Folder 21: ACF reports --- 1972-1978
Folder 22: ACF takeover by World Literature Committee --- 1983-1984
Folder 23: ACF various pamphlets and booklets --- 1966

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Ministerial Documents, Notes, and Papers],
[Series 2: American Calvinist Conference Committee (ACCC)],
[Series 3: CAC (Calvinist Action Committee)],
[Series 4: ACF (American Calvinist Fellowship)],
[Series 5: ARSS (Association for Reformed Scientific Studies)],
[Series 6: Calvinistic and Synodical Committee on Ecumenicity],
[Series 7: IARFA (International Association for Reformed Faith and Action)],
[Series 8: RES (Reformed Ecumenical Synod)],
[Series 9: FILED BY TOPIC],

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