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Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection

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Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection, 1845-1925 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1860-1910

ID: COLL/301

Primary Creator: Van Raalte, Dirk B.K. (1844-1910)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/1962

Subjects: American Periodicals--Bay View Magazine, Contracts for deeds, Dutch Americans - Correspondence, Dutch Americans - History - Sources, Dutch Americans - Personal narratives, Tax assessment, Van Raalte, Dirk Blikman Kikkert, 1844-1910, Van Raalte, Katharine Goetschius Ledeboer, 1851-1926

Forms of Material: Postcards, Veterans--Civil War, 1861-1865--Souvenirs (Keepsakes)

Languages: English, Dutch;Flemish

Abstract

Civil war veteran; Michigan legislator; businessman; and son of Albertus C. Van Raalte. The collection includes correspondence, school notebooks, notes, business papers, books, and personal memorabilia.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection houses the personal, family, Civil War, and business papers of Dirk B.K. Van Raalte. This collection, which dates from 1845–1925, consists of correspondence, business papers, and personal memorabilia,  documenting the life and works of Dirk B.K. Van Raalte, including his time as a soldier in the Civil War, his presidency over Holland City State Bank, and his terms as Michigan legislator.

This collection fits into the broader narrative of immigration to the United States. Researchers interested in the history of Van Raalte's descendants, how veterans remembered the Civil War, and the 2nd/3rd generation immigrant experience will all find something to value in this collection.

The collection is arranged into one series: 'Papers'. The series is topically arranged.

The ‘Papers’ series contains certificates, newspaper and magazine clippings, obituaries, announcements, correspondence, postcards, hotel forms, a probate court discharge, advertisements, banking records, checks, a blueprint, bills, tax documents, land contracts, receipts, a dog receipt, land documents, invitations, programs, his military discharge, the Holland Soldiers’ Union constitution, pamphlets, cards, envelopes, a souvenir photobook of Washington D.C., ribbons, financial records, newspaper subscriptions, account books, issues of the Bay View Magazine, Cushing’s Manual, a business ledger, a child’s handwriting workbook, and his notebook. It shows the multifaceted life that Dirk Van Raalte lived, from his time as a soldier in the Civil War, to his presidency over Holland City State Bank, showing his acumen at economics and rhetoric, as well as being a diligent, family man. Moreover, the family’s propensity for travel reveals, in combination with their long-reaching subscriptions to magazines and newspapers, a family that liked to keep abreast with current American culture and events.

Biographical Note

Son of Albertus and Christina Van Raalte, Dirk B.K. Van Raalte was born in Ommen, the Netherlands on March 1, 1844. In 1846, the Van Raalte family immigrated to the United States, settling in Western Michigan. During the outbreak of the Civil War, Dirk and his older brother Benjamin both enlisted to serve the Union army. Dirk was part of the 25th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. During the Battle of Atlanta, Dirk was riding his horse through the woods to deliver a message when a group of confederate soldiers ambushed him. They shot him twice in the arm, but he managed to escape with his life. Due to his injury he had his right arm amputated from the shoulder down. Dirk began his military service as a private and was discharged as a hospital steward.

In 1864, Dirk returned to his home in Holland, Michigan. After returning to civilian life, Dirk entered the business world. He was president of the Holland City State Bank and the Scott Lugers Lumber Co. He earned the respect and admiration of his fellow citizens, and in 1877, they sent him to Lansing to serve the state legislature as their representative of their district. He worked on the committee of ways and means. He served two successful terms in the state legislature. In 1909, he returned for his third term. In 1910, however, Dirk B.K. Van Raalte passed away. He was survived by his wife Katharine Ledeboer and their two sons.

Subject/Index Terms

American Periodicals--Bay View Magazine
Contracts for deeds
Dutch Americans - Correspondence
Dutch Americans - History - Sources
Dutch Americans - Personal narratives
Tax assessment
Van Raalte, Dirk Blikman Kikkert, 1844-1910
Van Raalte, Katharine Goetschius Ledeboer, 1851-1926

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 Boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection held in Heritage Hall; materials are not available for circulation.

Acquisition Source: Gift of William B. Eerdmans Sr.

Related Materials: COLL300: Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection

Preferred Citation: [item], folder, box, Dirk B.K. Van Raalte, Heritage Hall (Hekman Library), Calvin University

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid updated in 2021


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Series 1: PapersAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: Newsclippings of his life and deathAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: Family letters including Probate Court discharge of his wife as executor of his estate --- 1868-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letter from an uncle in Amsterdam, Netherlands --- 1880Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Son Albertus' letters to his mother while he was pastor in Seattle, WA --- 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal Correspondence --- 1868-1905Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Business Correspondence, including that of his wife after his death --- 1873-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Bills for merchandize, personal and business --- 1864-1914Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Land contracts, tax histories --- 1862-1879Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Land contracts, deeds --- 1882-1917Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ottawa County Treasurer's receipts --- 1854-1906Add to your cart.
Folder 11: State Treasurer's tax receipts --- 1873-1889Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Recognition by the State of Michigan --- 1871-1905Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Recognition by the U.S. Army --- 1863-1901Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Personal mementosAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: Financial Records --- 1892-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Account Book --- 1869-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Bay View Magazine (vol. 2, no. 1,2,6,7) --- 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Bay View Magazine (vol. 3, no. 1-8) --- 1895-1896Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Bay View Magazine (vol. 4, no. 2,4,5) --- 1896-1896Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Bay View Magazine (vol. 5, no. 2,3,5,6,7) --- 1897-1898Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Bound manuscripts. Financial records of business transactions.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bound manuscripts. Furniture finishing instructions.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bound manuscripts. Notes.Add to your cart.

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