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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],

Box 7
Folder 1: Afscheiding: Polemios articles --- 1834
Folder 2: American Christian University Association: articles, notes, and pamphlets --- 1943-1946
Folder 3: Anonymous:  "The Church" [edited by Hoogstra]
Folder 4: Back to God Tract Committee:  pamphlets, and tracts
Folder 5: Blair, Ducan M.: The Beginning of Wisdom, undated
Folder 6: Belgium: Reformed Church of Belgium Synod publications --- 1973-1978
Folder 7: Calvin, John: notes, correspondence, papers, and book reviews --- 1944-1959
Folder 8: Calvin, John: correspondence re: "Um Gottes Ehre" (play about John Calvin) --- 1960
Folder 9: Calvinist Philosophy Club: articles, correspondence, and notes --- 1931-1953
Folder 10: Catholicism: paper, "Catholicity and Denominationalism" --- 1941
Folder 11: Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church: De Boer Issue --- 1970-1971
Folder 12: Christian Reformed Church: Board of Home Missions manual --- 1959
Folder 13: Christian Reformed Church: Centennial Research brochure --- undated
Folder 14: Christian Reformed Church: Classis Holland report --- 1961
Folder 15: Christian Reformed Church: Colleges, Calvin Radio Issue; and Trinity --- 1965
Folder 16: Christian Reformed Church: missions, newspapers, articles, pamphlets, and notes
Folder 17: Church History: articles and notes
Folder 18: Church History: contemporary --- 1935-1940
Folder 19: Church History: A History of the Reformed Church In the USA, by Norman L. Jones --- 1710-1964
Folder 20: Clippings and newspapers --- 1947-1966
Box 8
Folder 1: Communism: US Senate Studies Committee, The Church and State under Communism --- 1965
Folder 2: Coolen, Anton: The Golden Webs --- 1953
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1927-1928
Folder 4: DeJonge, Jerome: "Ecumenicity and the Reformed Church" --- undated
Folder 5: Donner, A.M.: "The Bible and the Authority of the State"
(French and English)
Folder 6: Dure, Leon: The New Southern Response --- 1961
Folder 7: Ecumenicity: articles by Hoogstra:
Item 1: That They May Be One
Item 2: Must We Walk the Separate Road?
Item 3: Oecumenische Synode
Item 4: Potchefstroom Ecumenical Synod
Item 5: Notes plus other articles on ecumenicity
Folder 8
Item 1: France: correspondence, Pierre Marcel --- 1955-1959
Item 2: Sociéte Calviniste de France Bulletins --- 1935-1940

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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