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Cornelius Jaarsma Collection, 1935-1964

Collection Overview

Title: Cornelius Jaarsma Collection, 1935-1964

ID: COLL/130

Creator: Cornelius Jaarsma (1897-1966)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description


Professor of education at Calvin College. The collection includes correspondence, chapel speeches, book reviews, articles and lecture notes. These papers deal with a wide variety of religious and educational subjects.

Biographical Note

Cornelius Jaarsma was born the providence of Friesland in the Netherlands on May 5, 1897.  At the age of eleven, Jaarsma and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Racine, Wisconsin. Jaarsma furthered his education while attending Calvin Preparatory School. After his graduated in 1918, Jaarsma began to teach at Christian Schools.  During this time, he was also continuing his own education. He attended New York University where he graduated with a B.A. degree in 1928. Jaarsma accepted a teaching position at the Paterson Teachers College as well as earning his M.A. degree in 1930.  Jaarsma moved on to teach at the Montclair Teachers College.  In 1934, he went on to receive his Ph.D. from New York University in 1934.

Jaarsma’s teaching career continued as he served as an instructor at New York University, as dean at Slippery Rock Teachers College, as dean at Taylor University, and as chairman of the Education Division of Wheaton College.  It was not until 1947 that Jaarsma became faculty at Calvin College. While at Calvin, Jaarsma first served as the Professor Education and then moved on to Chairman of the Education Department from 1958 until his retirement in 1964.  Throughout his career and retirement, Jaarsma was an active writer of books, pamphlets, and magazine articles. Jaarsma was also very involved in his church community. He served as a Bible teacher and as an elder at Burton Heights Christian Reformed Church. On May 12, 1966, Jaarsma suffered a massive heart attack, and two days later, he passed away.  His wife, Tillie, and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren survived him.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence, Directed Teaching --- 1948-1964
Box 1
Folder 1: Book reviews
Folder 2: Book reviews
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1948-1959
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1949-1950
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1960-1964
Folder 6: Devotionals
Folder 7: Guide to directed teaching on the secondary level --- 1960
Folder 8: Handbook in guide cooperating teachers in directed teaching --- 1959
Folder 9: Human Development, Learning and Teaching --- 1959
Series 2: Papers --- 1935-1962
Box 2
Folder 1: Notes for speaking engagements, selected
Folder 2: Ohio workshop --- 1962
Folder 3: Papers, addresses
Folder 4: Papers on facets of education
Folder 5: Gifted Children in New Jersey Junior High School, paper --- 1936
Folder 6: Published papers
Folder 7: Address, "A Challenge to Christian Youth" --- 1935
Folder 8: Purposes of the High School in the United States of America
Folder 9: "Re-thinking the Christian College"
Series 3: Syllabi --- 1952-1957
Box 3
Folder 1: Syllabus: Directed observation and directed teaching --- 1957
Folder 2: Syllabus: Educational psychology --- 1952
Folder 3: Syllabus: Educational psychology --- 1953
Folder 4: Syllabus: Human development, learning and teaching --- 1956
Series 4: Papers
Box 4
Folder 1: Professional biography
Folder 2: List of articles/publications
Folder 3: Chapter 3 of "Fundamentals in Christian Education" – Improvements of the Curriculum
Folder 4: Book Chapters:  A Re-examination of the Learning and Improvement of the Curriculum
Folder 5: The Christian View of the School Curriculum and Education
Folder 6: Original manuscripts for Chapters 3, 4, and 7 of "Authority, Freedom, and Responsibility in Education"
Folder 7: Sections from "Human Development, Learning, and Teaching"
Folder 8: Articles for Torch and Trumpet
Folder 9: "The Christian View of School Curriculum," "Goals in Education," "Freedom and John Dewey"
Folder 10: Articles for Calvin Forum