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John Lagerwey Collection, 1968-1990

By Will Katerberg

Collection Overview

Title: John Lagerwey Collection, 1968-1990

Predominant Dates:1968-1990

ID: COLL/602

Creator: John Lagerwey (1946 -)

Extent: 1.0 Box

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 07/01/2022


The collection is made up of letters between John Lagerwey and his family. The letters include discussions of family life. They are noteworthy for their discussion of Lagerwey’s evolving religious views of his experiences and work in graduate school and as a scholar of Chinese cultural and religious traditions.

Biographical Note

John Lagerwey was born in 1946 in Grand Rapids. His parents were Walter Lagerwey and Wilhelmina (Wilma) Ditmar Lagerwey. His father was professor of Dutch at Calvin college from 1953 to 1983. Lagerwey studied at Calvin College, graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English Language and Literature in 1968, and earned a Ph.D. in Chinese studies at Harvard University in 1975.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research use within Heritage Hall.

Acquisition Source: John Lagerwey

Acquisition Method: Donation

Related Materials: COLL/488 Walter Lagerwey Collection

Preferred Citation: [item], folder, box, John Lagerwey Papers, Heritage Hall (Hekman Library), Calvin University

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Letters to Parents --- 1968-1976
Folder 2: Letters to Parents --- 1977-1979
Folder 3: Letters to Parents --- 1980-1983
Folder 4: Letters to Parents --- 1984-1990