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Tena Alta Huizenga Collection



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Diary, Travel Accounts, Letters

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Tena Alta Huizenga Collection, 1937-1978 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Tena Alta Huizenga Collection, 1937-1978

ID: COLL/124

Primary Creator: Tena Alta Huizenga (1907-1978)

Extent: 1.0 Box

Arrangement: Folder level description


Nurse for the Christian Reformed Church World Missions to China, Nigeria, and Liberia. The collection includes diaries, correspondence, class notes, lecture notes, and a report to the Mission Board.

Biographical Note

Born 26 February 1907 in Chicago, Illinois, Huizenga, and from 1914-1916 lived in the Netherlands. After elementary and high school in Chicago, she attended, the Chicago Mission Training School, Garfield Park Community Hospital Training School for Nurses, and Moody Bible Institute. She applied to the Sudan United Mission as a nurse/missionary. She was accepted and begun serving Lupwe, Nigeria in 1937, eventually working for Christian Reformed Church World Mission when it took over that mission field. Effective as both a nurse and as a missionary, health problems due to her workload, the climate, and ulcer on both legs forced her to retire from the mission field in 1954.  Back in Chicago, she resumed hospital nursing and was serving as the administration of the Chicago Home for the Elderly when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 1967.  She died 28 January 1978.

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[Series 1: Diary, Travel Accounts, Letters, 1907-1978],

Series 1: Diary, Travel Accounts, Letters --- 1907-1978
Box 1
Folder 1: My Travels Abroad --- 1937
Folder 2: Yearbook --- 1937
Folder 3: Diary --- 1939
Folder 4: Letters written during her first term
Folder 5: Events and places visited --- 1943-1944
Folder 6: Autographs, etc. --- 1947
Folder 7: Letters sent to T. Huizenga --- 1947-1953
Folder 8: Letters sent out --- 1950s
Folder 9: Letters, photos --- 1953
Folder 10: Annual Report of Board of World Missions sent to Synod --- 1954
Folder 11: Notes of Calvin Institute of Missions --- 1960-1974
Folder 12: Letters to T. Huizenga --- 1969
Folder 13: Letters to T. Huizenga and pictures --- 1975
Folder 14: Outlines of lectures --- undated
Folder 15: In Memoriam

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