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Title: Albert Hyma Collection, 1923-1970

ID: COLL/128

Primary Creator: Albert Hyma (1893-1978)

Extent: 7.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description


Professor of history, University of Michigan. The collection includes correspondence, lectures, articles, reports, book reviews, manuscripts, pamphlets, miscellaneous notes dealing with Reformation History, Young Calvinist Federation, and an index to De Grondwet on the early settlers at Holland, Michigan.

Biographical Note

Albert Hyma was born in Groningen, the Netherlands on March 18, 1893. With his parents, Hyma immigrated to the United States in 1910. They found temporary housing in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they stayed with relatives. The Hyma family purchased farmlands in Grant, Michigan where they finally settled down.

Hyma wanted to continue with formal education, so he attended Calvin College from 1913-1914 and went on to complete his undergraduate work at University of Michigan.  He also earned his M.A. in German from the same university. Hyma began his teaching career in the German department of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. In 1922, Hyma earned his Ph.D. in history from once again the University of Michigan. Hyma accepted a history staff position at the University Of North Dakota and soon became an assistant professor.

In 1924, Hyma returned to the University of Michigan, not as a student, but as a professor of history. He stayed at the University of Michigan for the remainder of his career, with some interruption of being a guest professor at several other universities. In 1927, Hyma married Vera Alberta Nodine. Together they had three children and shared the mutual interest of historical studies. Hyma retired from the University of Michigan in 1962.

Hyma also had opportunities to travel back to Europe for academic purposes. Funded by the Algemeen Nederlansch Verbond, a Dutch patriotic society, Hyma traveled across Europe from 1919-1921. During his travels, he was able to track down many valuable long-lost historical docents. In 1928, he once again found an opportunity to return to Europe, this time as a Guggenheim Fellow. Because of his scholarly endeavors for Dutch history, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands knighted him in 1936. Throughout Hymas’ life, he received many other honors and awards such as fellowship in the Royal Historical Society, winner of the Henry Russell award from University of Michigan, and fellowship in the Society of Dutch Literature. Dr. Hyma was also a prolific writer, author of The Christian Renaissance: A History of the “Devotio Moderna (1924), Renaissance to Reformation (1951, 1955) and co-authored the history textbook The Growth of European Civilization (1936) among his other numerous published books, articles, and book reviews. Hyma passed away from heart failure during a hip operation on September 22, 1978.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1928-1970],
[Series 2: Articles],
[Series 3: Manuscripts, Papers],
[Series 4: Bound Manuscripts],
[Series 5: Pamphlets and Articles],

Series 3: Manuscripts, Papers
Box 5
Folder 1: Hugo Grotius: Anglo-Dutch Negotiations in London, 1613-1615; Trade in the Far East; "Een Vergeten Werk van Geert Groote"
Folder 2: Imitation of Christ excerpts; Verrassende vondst over de stichting van Holland (Michigan)
Folder 3: "Recent Discoveries"; "Founders of the CRC"
Folder 4: Shakespeare pictures
Folder 5: Book reviews
Folder 6: Articles
Folder 7: Reports
Folder 8: Lutheran teachers in Michigan --- 1948-1949
Folder 9: "The founding of the Reformed Churches in Michigan"
Folder 10: Lecture at Goshen College --- November 4, 1965
Folder 11: Papers, notes, and newspaper clippings, a paper on Van Raalte's Influence in Western Michigan
Folder 12: Course outlines and newspaper clippings
Folder 13: Book and film reviews, biographical notes on Gabriel Biel
Folder 14: Miscellaneous notes and financial statements
Folder 15: Miscellaneous notes
Folder 16: A message from the Frisians in the United States to Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina
Folder 17: "The Brethren of the Common Life," paper --- 1923
Folder 18: "The Dawn of Modern Civilization," works of A. Hyma

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