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Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection, 1829-1997

By John Meyer

Collection Overview

Title: Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection, 1829-1997

Predominant Dates:1834-1876

ID: COLL/300

Creator: Van Raalte, Albertus C. (1811-1876)

Extent: 10.3 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/1962

Languages: English [eng], Dutch;Flemish [dut]

Abstract

Critical writer in the Afscheiding (church secessionist) movement in the Netherlands; founder and leader of the colony of Holland, Michigan; business entrepreneur; minister of the Reformed Church in America; and advocate for education, as founder of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary at Holland, Michigan. The collection includes correspondence, sermons, essays, speeches, articles, business papers, and personal memorabilia.

[See also the Campus Titles Database; Jacobson's book: A.C. Van Raalte: Dutch Leader and American Patriot [HERH F575 .D9 A6]; Dosker’s book: Levensschets van A.C. Van Raalte [HERH F575 .D9 D6]; Origins, vol. XIX no. 2, 2001]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection houses the personal, family, and business papers of A.C. Van Raalte, as well as publications related to him and his work. This collection, which dates from 1829–1997, consists of correspondence, sermons, essays, speeches, articles, business papers, and personal memorabilia, documenting the life and works of A.C. Van Raalte, including his social background as a studious academic and entrepreneur of a brick manufactory in Ommen, his active involvement in the secessionist movement from the Dutch Reformed Church, his encouragement and aid of Dutch immigration to the United States, and his passion for improving the economy and education of the Holland colony.

This collection fits into the broader narrative of immigration to the United States and is unique in focusing not only on the immigration experience of the Dutch, but in examining that experience through the lens of the Holland colony’s foremost leader. In fleeing from religious persecution, the search for freedom colors every page of this immigrant collection, from the most spiritual of sermons to the driest of business papers. Researchers interested in the history of the church Secessionist (Afscheiding) movement, the development of the Holland colony, the background of Hope College, the narrative of the Van Raalte family, and the Dutch immigrant experience—from overcoming colonial struggles to fighting in the Civil War—will all find something to value in this collection.

The collection is arranged into nine series: ‘Personal Papers --- 1829–1995’, ‘Sermons ---1836–1875’, ‘Lord's Day Sermons --- 1836-1844’, ‘Outgoing General Correspondence --- 1837-1876’, ‘Outgoing Family Correspondence --- 1836–1920’, ‘Civil War Letters --- 1862-1952’, ‘Business Papers --- 1840–1909’, ‘Publications by and about A.C. Van Raalte --- 1842-1997’, and ‘Miscellaneous Papers, 1740–1996’. Every series is arranged chronologically, excepting ‘Publications by and about A.C. Van Raalte --- 1842-1997’ and ‘Miscellaneous Papers, 1740–1996’. Neither series has any other perceptible arrangement.

The ‘Personal Papers --- 1829–1995’ series contains certificates, personal and academic papers, essays, notes, speeches, maps, treatises, records, poems, news clippings, articles, constitutions, event programs, photographs, a genealogy, an autobiography, a biography, beekeeping rules, an attendance record, and a passenger list. It covers much of the Van Raalte family’s personal history, from their lives in the Netherlands to traveling to the United States; from becoming American citizens, to the upbringing of Van Raalte’s students and children. Yet there are also extensive articles detailing the Dutch colony in Michigan and Reformed Church history, especially in relation to the Afscheiding movement.

The ‘Sermons ---1836–1875’ series contains sermons, sermon indexes, related writing, an advertisement, a letter, and envelopes. Many of the sermons have corresponding transcripts. For the most part, one folder corresponds to one year of Van Raalte’s sermons, but the folders start spanning periods of a few months at a time during the years 1841–1843: the critical, founding years of the Afscheiding movement. The folders also switch back to covering only a few months at a time in the years 1850–1855: the years comprising the difficult foundation of the Holland colony.

The ‘Lord's Day Sermons --- 1836–1844’ series contains sermons, transcriptions, a sermon ‘logbook’, and related theological writings. Almost every sermon in this series has been transcribed, though none of them are translated. Each sermon preaches about one or more questions from the Heidelberg Catechism.

The ‘Outgoing General Correspondence --- 1837–1876’ series contains letters, transcriptions, translations, photocopies, and envelopes. Most of the letters have accompanying transcriptions and translations. The letters reveal some of the early struggles that the Holland colony faced, as well as the people involved in making it a success.

The ‘Outgoing Family Correspondence --- 1836–1920’ series holds two other, as yet unlabeled, series, titled “Incoming General Correspondence,” and “Incoming Family Correspondence.” It contains personal and business letters, notes, photocopies, transcriptions, translations, archival notes, receipts, and envelopes. Together, this box allows a more comprehensive view of relations between the Van Raalte family and others.

The ‘Civil War Letters --- 1862–1952’ series contains letters, transcriptions, translations, envelopes, thank you notes, archival resources, and the back of a society form. Almost every letter in this series has been transcribed and translated. The letters follow the Van Raalte brothers—Benjamin and Dirk—throughout the war, tracking them from Kentucky to Tennessee, and finally to Virginia. Dirk lost an arm in battle. These letters also show the experience of 2nd generation immigrants fighting in the American Civil War, as well as the ways the war affected their families and values.

The ‘Business Papers --- 1840–1909’ series contains tax receipts, business receipts, business orders, annual newspaper subscription renewals, note scraps, letters, funding support from the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, land purchase papers, a land title document, tax land deeds, land certificates (complete with six presidential signatures), land contracts, stamps, mortgage documents, warranty deeds, quit claim deeds, redemption certificates, title abstracts, tax rolls, a post office receipt, a statement of account, a dog license, news clippings, logbooks of the city of Holland (1847–1852), Van Raalte’s personal account books, the Land Office’s Graduation Act of 1854, and catalogs of Hope College. The folders have preserved much of the economy of the Holland colony in their pages. From this series, one can see what the colony and the Van Raalte family was purchasing and selling in the years listed above. It also covers all of the land-related transactions that occurred for the colony on the federal, state, and private levels.

The ‘Publications by and about A.C. Van Raalte --- 1842–1997’ series contains a ledger, an inventory of Van Raalte’s library, letters, pamphlets, articles, addresses, a marriage ledger, a fire insurance company advertisement, and transcriptions and translations for many of these items. It focuses specifically on writings and publications by Van Raalte, exploring critical, underlying documents of the Afscheiding movement, as well as those encouraging Dutch immigration to the United States.

The ‘Miscellaneous Papers, 1740–1996’ series contains the land deed for the Dutch colony in Michigan, the programs for the quarterly and centennial celebrations of 1872 and 1947, newspaper clippings, obituaries, a blotter given as a gift to A.C. Van Raalte, maps, A.C. Van Raalte’s pocketbook New Testament, an Autographs book titled “In Memoriam van Rev. A.C. Van Raalte…”, a sketch, two pictures, advertisements, and geographic coordinate tables, presumably for plots of land. As the name suggests, it covers materials related to the Dutch colony and the Van Raalte family that do not fall under the category of any of the other series.

Biographical Note

Albertus Christian Van Raalte was born in the small village of Wanneperveen in the Netherlands on October 17, 1811.  When Van Raalte was a junior at the University of Leiden, he changed his course of study from medicine to theology. During this time Van Raalte joined a small circle known as the "Scholte Club," who were considered religious revolutionaries. Among its members were his friend H.P. Scholte, and his brothers-in-law, A. Brummelkamp and S. Van Velzen. When the time came to take his final exam in 1834, he was asked if he knew and agreed with all the Regulations of the Reformed Church.  When he was unsure of his answer, he was sent away to research this question in further detail. Upon concluding his research, he told the Reformed Church Board that the Regulations were in contradiction with the word of God. The Board denied his admittance to the Reformed Church.

Van Raalte decided to join the followers of the Afscheiding. He was examined by the Christian Reformed Church synod and was ordained. In 1836, he married Christina Johanna DeMoen. He began to preach throughout the province of Overijssel, primarily in Genemuiden, and Ommen. In 1841, Van Raalte helped industrialize Ommen by founding a brick factory through his family connections. He was able to provide employment to a number of the Ommen poor in this way, but poverty remained dire throughout the province. Aside from poor social conditions, Van Raalte and the other secessionists also encountered persecution and oppression from the liberal government. Van Raalte wanted a place of religious freedom, and so he decided to leave the Netherlands.

He and his followers first wanted to establish a settlement in Java, but the Dutch government refused to permit it. This refusal led Van Raalte in 1846 to journey across the Atlantic Ocean and discover a sanctuary in the United States. After much debate and investigation, Van Raalte and his group decided to settle down in present day Holland, Michigan to begin their colonization. Settlement in the Michigan wilderness proved to be a difficult task for the group. Van Raalte remained a pillar of strength for the immigrants and continued to inspire them. Van Raalte ultimately wanted his people to experience religious freedom, develop their economy, and gain a higher education. In 1849, he organized a census of the colony as part of a petition to the federal government for a wharf on Black River. In 1851 Van Raalte began the groundwork for Hope College.  In his family, 7 out of 10 of his children reached maturity. Two of his sons, Dirk and Benjamin, served the Union in the Civil War. Shortly after the war, Van Raalte attempted to found a new Dutch settlement in Amelia County, Virginia. Though this settlement failed after a few years, Van Raalte continued to strive tirelessly for the betterment of the Dutch settlers, through his ministry or his civic projects. Only a few short years after celebrating Holland's 25th anniversary, Van Raalte passed away on November 7, 1876.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 20 boxes

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

Acquisition Source: Gift of William B. Eerdmans Sr.

Related Materials: COLL301: Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection

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

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid updated in 2021.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Personal Papers --- 1829-1995Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Gymnasium (High School) Certificate [photocopy] --- 1829Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Academic Paper --- 1830Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Academic Paper --- 1831Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Academic Papers --- 1831Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Academic Paper --- 1831Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Academic Papers --- 1833Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Academic Paper --- 1834Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Diploma --- 1840Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Theological Candidate [photocopy, translation] --- 1835Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ordination Certificate [photocopy, transcription, translation] --- 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Marriage Extract, Civil Registry [translation] --- 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Marriage Certificate [photocopy, translation] --- 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Last Will and Testament [transcription, translation] --- 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Certificate, University of Leiden [photocopy] --- 1839Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Academic Paper --- 1839Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Discharge Papers [translation] --- 1839Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Pastor Recommendation [photocopy, translation] --- 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Sample of daughter Maria's handwriting in a nature study report --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Passenger List of the Southerner which brought the Van Raalte colony to New York in late --- 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Attendance Record Catechumens --- 1851-1855Add to your cart.
Folder 21: United States Citizenship Papers --- 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Family Register [transcription] --- 1837-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Poem written for wedding of oldest son Albertus [translation] --- 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Poem written for Van Raalte's 25th wedding anniversary [translation] --- 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Poems from pupils to Van Raalte [transcription, translation] --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Verjarings Wenschen [damaged] --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Power of attorney document --- 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 28: US passport --- 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Albertus Van Raalte (1794-1833) father of A.C. Van Raalte, Pastoral History [translation] --- 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Biography of Christina Johanna Van Raalte-De Moen (1815-1871) [transcription, translation] --- [1871]Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Rules for bee keeping, [18--?]Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Articles --- 1959-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Biographies --- 1876-1886, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Celebrations-Anniversaries --- 1934-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Genealogy [photocopy, newsprint] --- 1950, 1994, and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Unidentified pictures and pictures of A.C. Van Raalte and family --- 1918, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Pictures of Van Raalte house and miscellaneous buildings --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Speeches by Sen. Seward and Cass in Congress --- 1851Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Public Notice of Special Millage for City of Holland [photocopy] --- 1867Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Anonymous incomplete speech about Women's Relief Corps --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Bulletin of Service of Thanksgiving for Rev. Van Raalte --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Autobiography of Isaac Marsilje --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Maps of New York City, Blendon and Olive townships, and Statement on lot boundaries --- 1849, 1859, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper Article: "Dr. Van Raalte en de Scholen" --- 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Speeches and Treatises by A.C. Van Raalte: on a variety of subjects --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Speeches and Treatises by A.C. Van Raalte: speech re union with existing Dutch Ref. Church [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Speeches and Treatises: Treatises on Church History and Doctrine [partial transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Speech and Treatises: Treatise in Response to Criticism of National Day of Prayer [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Speeches and Treatises: Treatise on the Covenant of Grace [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Material on the Secession of 1832 --- 1832Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Incorporation Paper of the First Reformed Church of Holland, Mich. --- August 25, 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Speeches and Treatises: Treatise on the 1834 Secession [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Biographical Article --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Copy of the minutes of Classis Meeting in Ommen, the Netherlands, presided over by A.C. Van Raalte [photocopy, translation] --- 1837-1844Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Newspaper picture of 10 of the 1849 pioneers, taken in [photocopy] --- 1878Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Van Raalte home: newspaper clippings and pictures [photocopy] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Newspaper clippings: Story of Van Raalte's Immigration and 92nd Colonization Anniversary [photocopy] --- 1938, 1987, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Constitution of the Dutch Immigration Society [translation] --- April 14, 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Census of the Holland Colony, taken in connection with the circulation of the harbor petition --- January 18, 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 23: List of donors and donations for the Holland Academy --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Speeches for special occasions --- 1856-1877Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Record of Donations to the Kampen Theological School from the colony [photocopy, translation] --- 1857Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Copy of Michigan Marriage Laws, 1867 and Marriage Certificates --- 1849, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Hope College, Financial Report Copy - Th. Phelps, Jr. --- 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Hope College Constitution --- 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Speech by Van Raalte at the 25th Anniversary of the Holland Colony [translation] --- 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Re: Hope College --- 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Thanks offering records (2) for the Ebenezer Memorial --- 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Hope College Sixteenth Commencement Program --- 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Commencement Speech [transcription] --- 1884Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Program: Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Holland Immigration and Colonization --- 1897Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Semi-Centennial Reminiscences --- [1897]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Undated account of the colony's struggle by Van Raalte [transcription]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Program: Laying of the Corner-stone of the A.C. Van Raalte Memorial Hall at Hope College --- 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous Notes --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Speeches and Treatises: Paper on Separatism --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Speeches and Treatises: Paper on Intemperance --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Speeches and Treatises: Paper on Emma, Dutch Queen Regent --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Speeches and Treatises: Paper on Mission Support --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Speeches and Treatises: Poem on Intoxication --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Van Raalte family documents --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Essay on Portugal [no author given] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: An episode in the life of Van Raalte and the colony [no author given, typescript] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Sermons --- 1836-1875Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Index of Sermons --- 1836-1875, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Gordon Spykman's transcription of Van Raalte's sermons --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons [transcription] --- 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons [transcription] --- 1837Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons [transcription] --- 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermons --- 1840Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sermons [transcription] --- February - August 15, 1841Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sermons [transcription] --- August 22- December, 1841Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sermons [transcription] --- January 1 - August, 1842Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sermons [transcription] --- September - December, 1842Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sermons [transcription] --- January, 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Sermons [transcription] --- March - May, 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sermons [transcription] --- June, 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sermons [transcription] --- July, 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Sermons [transcription] --- August, 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Sermons [transcription] --- September, 1843Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons [transcription] --- October, 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons [transcription] --- November, 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons [transcription] --- December, 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons --- 1844Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons --- 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermons --- 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sermons [transcription] --- 1850-51Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sermons [transcription] --- 1852Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sermons [transcription] --- 1852Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sermons [transcription] --- 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sermons [transcription] --- 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Sermons --- 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sermons [transcription] --- 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sermons --- 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Sermons [translation] --- June 29, 1856Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons --- 1857Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons --- 1858-59Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons --- 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons --- 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons --- 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermon on Education [photocopy, translation] --- February 23, 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sermons --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sermons [transcription] --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sermons --- 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sermons [transcription] --- 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sermons --- 1867Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons --- 1868-1869Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons --- 1870-1871Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons, Krapshuis Funeral [photocopy, transcription] --- January 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons --- 1872-1873Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons [transcription] --- 1874-1875Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermon on Infant Baptism, in English --- 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Undated Sermons on OT: Pentateuch [transcription]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Undated Sermons on OT: Ruth, 1, 2 Samuel, 1, 2 Kings, 1 ChroniclesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Undated Sermons on OT: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of SongsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Undated Sermons on OT: Psalms [photocopy]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Undated Sermons on OT: Major and Minor ProphetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Undated Sermon: Psalm 134Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Undated Sermons on NT: The Gospels and Acts [transcription]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Undated Sermons on NT: Paul's Epistles and Hebrews [transcription]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Undated Sermons on NT: General Epistles (James, Peter, John, Jude and Revelation) [transcription]Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Undated Sermons: No texts indicated [transcription]Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Undated English SermonsAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Lord's Day Sermons --- 1836-1844Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Sermons - Lord's Day 1-3 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons - Lord's Day 4-5 [transcription] --- 1836, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons - Lord's Day 6-8 [transcription] --- 1836, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons - Lord's Day 9-12 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons - Lord's Day 13-14 [transcription] --- 1844, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons - Lord's Day 15-16 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermons - Lord's Day 17-18 --- 1837, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Sermons - Lord's Day 19-20 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Sermons - Lord's Day 21-25 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Sermons - Lord's Day 26-30 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
BoxAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Sermons - Lord's Day 31-34 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Sermons - Lord's Day 35-39 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Sermons - Lord's Day 40-43 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Sermons - Lord's Day 44-52 [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 4: Outgoing General Correspondence --- 1837-1876Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters to H.J. Budding [photocopy, translation] --- 1837Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters to H.J. Budding [photocopy, translation] --- 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letters to H.J. Budding [photocopy, translation] --- 1839Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters to Rev. Oggel [photocopy, partial transcription] --- 1844-1845Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters to Mr. John Ball, 1847-1850, and Ball biography [photocopy] --- 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letter to J.A. Wormser, Amsterdam [photocopy, translation] --- 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters to Hon. A. Felch [photocopy, translation] --- 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letter to Rev. J. Gerritson, RCA Board of Missions [photocopy, translation] --- 1850sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Letter to Helenius de Cock's Hertogenbosch [photocopy, translation] --- 1851Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters to Rev. C. VanderVeen, Grand Haven, Mich. [translation] --- 1855-1862Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters to Rev. C. VanderVeen, Grand Haven, Mich. [translation] --- 1872-1875Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letter to the Theological School at Kampen [photocopy, translation] --- 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 4 Letters to John Roost [photocopy, translation] --- 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Letters to Sam Shieffelin and Sam Pruyn, New York --- 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Letter to Rev. Donner of Leyden, the Netherlands --- 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Letters to G. Van de Wall, South Africa, 1862 [photocopy, translation, transcription] --- 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Letters to Rev. Dirk Broek [photocopy, transcription] --- 1863-1874Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Letter to Gen. Bowen, Washington, DC [photocopy, transcription] --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Letters to Rev. Phelps [photocopy] --- 1864 and 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Letters to J.S. Wilson, Washington, DC --- 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Letter to Dr. Abraham Kuyper, the Netherlands [photocopy, translation] --- 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Letter to T. Keppel, Holland, Mich., and Letter to Editor of de Hope [translation] --- 1872Add to your cart.
Series 5: Outgoing Family Correspondence --- 1836-1920Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Letters to his wife [photocopy] --- 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Letters to his wife [photocopy, transcription, translation] --- 1837Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Letters to his wife [photocopy] --- 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Letters to his wife [photocopy, translation, transcription] --- 1846, 1847 and 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Letters to son: Ben Van Raalte [photocopy, translation, transcription] --- 1854, 1866, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Letters to his children [transcription, translation] --- 1857 and 1862Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters to Dirk Van Raalte [transcription, translation] --- 1859, 1861-1862, 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters to A. Brummelkamp [photocopy, translation] --- 1863 and 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical Letter to S. Van Velzen [translation] --- 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letter from Church Council of Hollen, the Netherlands [transcription, translation] --- 1840Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letter from Theodore Romeyn, Detroit, Mich. [transcription] --- 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letter from H.N. Barendregt, St. Louis --- 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letter from P.S. Hoedemaker, New Brunswick [translation] --- 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters from Anna Taylor, 1856 and 1859, and H.D. Post [transcription] --- 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letter from John Van Vleck [transcription] --- 1857, 1859, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters from John Roost [transcription, translation] --- 1858-1859Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters of Appointment [transcription] --- 1858-1859Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letter from the General Synod at Philadelphia [transcription] --- 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Civil War letter from J. Huizenga, Jacob Smits and Captain DeBoe [transcription] --- 1863-1864Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Letter from J.R. Kellogg, Allegan, Mich. --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Letters from D. Broek and A. Jonker [translation] --- 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Letter from J.W. Lapsey, Shelby Springs, Ala. --- 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Letter from L. Visscher, Holland, Mich., 1871 and J.H. Kruyt, Amsterdam [translation] --- 1873Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Letter from J. den Hartog, St. Louis [translation] --- 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Business letters --- 1846-1850Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Business letters --- 1851-1855Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Business letters [translation] --- 1856-1869Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Business letters --- 1870-1874Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Miscellaneous letters [photocopy] --- 1838-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Letter from Anna Van Raalte [transcription, translation] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Letter from S. Van Velzen [translation] --- 1842Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Letters from A. Brummelkamp [transcription, translation] --- 1844, 1874, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Letter from Ben Brummelkamp [photocopy, transcription, translation] --- 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Letter from Dirk Van Raalte [transcription, translation] --- 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Letters from Christina Van Raalte [transcription] --- 1862-1864, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Letters to Mrs. Van Raalte from her husband, Nashville, Tenn.[transcription, translation] --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Letter from Grandson A.C. Van Raalte, Amelia, Va. --- 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Letter from W.B. Gilmore, Amelia, Va. --- 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Letters to Kate Van Raalte Ledeboer --- 1875-1879Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Condolence letters, 1876 and obituary draft --- 1876Add to your cart.
Series 6: Civil War Letters --- 1862-1952Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (1) [transcription, translation] --- 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (2) [transcription, translation] --- 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (1) [transcription, translation] --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (2) [transcription, translation] --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (3) [transcription, translation] --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (4) [transcription, translation] --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (5) [transcription, translation] --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (1) [transcription, translation] --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (2) [transcription, translation] --- 1864Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (3) [transcription, translation] --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (4) [transcription, translation] --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (5) [transcription, translation] --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (1) [transcription, translation] --- 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Civil War letters from Dirk Van Raalte (2) [transcription, translation] --- 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Civil War letters of Benjamin Van Raalte, translation by C.L. Jalving --- [1951-1952]Add to your cart.
Series 7: Business Papers --- 1840-1952Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Land Purchases - State --- 1840-1841Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Land Purchases - State --- 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Land Purchases - State --- 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Land Purchases - State --- 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Land Purchases - State (1) --- 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Land Purchases - State (2) --- 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Land Purchases - State --- 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Land Purchase - State (Tax Land Deed) --- 1862-1863Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Land Purchase - State (Delinquent tax) --- 1850-1873Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Land Purchase - Federal --- 1841Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Land Purchase - Federal (1) --- 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Land Purchase - Federal (2) --- 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Land Purchase - Federal --- 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Land Purchase - Federal --- 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Land Purchases - Federal --- 1851Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Land Purchases - Federal --- 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Land Purchases - Private (Deeds) --- 1847-1867Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Land Purchases - Private (Contract) --- 1860-1868Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Land Purchases - Private (Land Contract) --- 1868-1869Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Land Purchases - Private (Land Contract) --- 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Land Purchases - Private (Land Contract) --- 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Land Purchases - Private (Land Contract) --- 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Land Purchases - Private (Land Contract) --- 1873Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Land Purchases - Private (Land Contract) --- 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Land Purchases - Private (Land Contract) --- 1875-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Land Purchases - Private (Mortgage) --- 1847-1874Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Land Purchases - Private (Deeds) --- 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Land Purchases - Private (Warranty) --- 1874-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Property Tax Receipts --- 1839-1849Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Purchase Receipts - Private --- 1848, 1851Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Purchase Receipt - State --- 1851Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Tax Default Purchases --- 1851-1864Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Tax Default Purchases --- 1867-1875Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Tax Purchases --- 1846-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Title Abstracts --- 1861-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Tax Receipts (Allegan County) --- 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Tax Receipts (Holland city) --- 1851-1875Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Tax Receipts (Holland township) --- 1850-1861Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Tax Receipts (Fillmore township) --- 1852Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Tax Receipts (Holland township) --- 1862-1871Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Tax Receipts (Holland township) --- 1872-1875Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Tax Receipts (Jamestown township) --- 1854-1871Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Tax Receipts (Laketown township) --- 1865-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Tax Receipts (Ottawa County) --- 1851-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Tax Receipts (Ottawa township) --- 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Tax Receipts (Zeeland township) --- 1854-1865Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Tax Receipts --- 1848-1871Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Receipts --- 1841-1847Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Receipts --- 1848-1849Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Receipts --- 1850-1851Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Receipts --- 1852Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Receipts --- 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Receipts --- 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Receipts --- 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Receipts --- 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Receipts --- 1857Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Receipts --- 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Receipts --- 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Receipts --- 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Receipts --- 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Receipts and Financial Records --- 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Receipts --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Receipts --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Receipts --- 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Receipts --- 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Receipts --- 1867Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Receipts --- 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Receipts --- 1869Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Receipts --- 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Receipts --- 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Receipts --- 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Receipts --- 1873Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Receipts --- 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Receipts --- 1875Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Receipts --- 1876-1877Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Receipts --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Financial Records --- 1847-1852Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Financial Records --- 1853-1854Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Financial Records --- 1855-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Financial Records --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Contracts - D. K. Kikkert --- 1840-1842Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Contract Partnership with son, Albertus and Warren Wilder --- 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Financial Records of the City of Holland --- 1847-1852Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Subscriptions, receipts for proposed orphanage in the colony --- 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Land Sales - Account book kept by A.C. Van Raalte on land contracts sold --- 1848-1875Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Petition to Congress for improvement of water facilities on Black Lake --- 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Deed for planned Ships Wharf in Holland --- 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Land Office Graduation Act of 1854 --- 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Act to provide for the incorporation of Savings Associations --- 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Hope College Land Sale [186-?]Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Hope College Catalogs --- 1865-1866, 1868, 1872, 1908-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Chicago and Michigan Lake Shore Railroad --- 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Building Plans for O. Van Olinda --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: List of 4th of July Contributions [transcription] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 8: Publications by and about A.C. Van Raalte --- 1842-1997Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ledger - Olive Mill --- 1864-1867Add to your cart.
Folder 2: List: "Library of Dr. A.C. Van Raalte" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Address to the Dutch General Synod by Van Raalte and De Moen [pamphlet, transcription, translation] --- 1842Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letter to Christians in North America by Van Raalte and Brummelkamp, p. 30-39 [photocopy, translation], chapter of Landverhuizing of Vaarom bevoorderen wij de volksverhuizing en wel naar Noord-Amerika en niet --- 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 5: De Toestand der Hollandsche Kolonisatie in de staat Michigan…in drie brieven… A. C. Van Raalte, C. Van Der Meulen, en S. Bolks, aan C. G. Moen, 1849 [pamphlet, two translations --- 1935, 1978]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Nog is er hulpe! by Brummelkamp, Bokkel and Van Raalte [photocopy] --- 1844Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Roeping der Gemeente Jegens Hare Opzieneren: Leerrede… [library has microfiles] --- 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Drie Leerredenen --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Article in De Hope by Van Raalte re Virginia settlement [photocopy, translation] --- 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Stemmen uit Noord-Amerika,1847(tweede druk) [HERH E184.D9 S745 1847]; and translation entitled Voices from North-America with Introductory Words by A. Brummelkamp, 1980 [HERH E184.D9 S74513 --- 1980]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Voices from North America, 1992 (Heritage Hall Publications, Number Three) [HERH E184.D9 V3 --- 1992]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Holland in Amerika, of, De Hollandsche Kolonisatie in den Staat Michigan, 1847 [HERH E184.D9 V32 1847]; with translation entitled  Holland in America, or, The Holland Colonization in the State of Michigan,1977 [HERH E184.D9 V3213 --- 1977]Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ledger: Marriage Records --- 1847-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 2: De Emigratie van Landbouwers naar Noord Amerika (Colorado) [photocopy] --- 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Mission Field of the RCA [pamphlet] --- 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Unveiling of Pilgrim Fathers tablet in [pamphlet] --- 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Van Hinte, J: Nederlandse Nederzettingen in de Verenigde staten van Amerika: 1847-1947 [photocopy] --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 6: VandeVelde, Lewis George - Glimpses of the early Dutch… --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Hyma, Albert - When the Dutch Came to Michigan --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Dykema, Frank E. - Effort to Attract Dutch Colonists to Alabama [photocopy; original in pamphlet coll.] --- 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Spykman, G. - Pioneer Preacher --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Albertus Christiaan Van Raalte: [pamphlet] --- 1811-1876-1976, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: De Afscheiding van 1834, Derde deel [photocopy, diff. ed. in HH] --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Emmen en de Van Raalte-trek: Vreemdelingen in een Vreemd Land (Gen. 15:13) by Ger de Leeuw [pamphlet] --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 13: From Heart to Heart: Letter from the Rev. Albertus Christiaan Van Raalte to His Wife Christina Johanna Van Raalte-De Moen, 1836-1847, 1997 [pamphlet]; [HERH E184.D9 V324 --- 1997]Add to your cart.
Series 9: Miscellaneous Papers, 1740-1996Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Land Deed --- 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 2: State Tax Land Deeds --- 1847, 1848, 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Programs of Quarter Centennial and Centennial Celebrations --- 1872 and 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Clipping: Holland Sentinel [photocopy] --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Holland Daily Sentinel: vol. 15 no. 38 --- February 14, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Grand Rapids Press [photocopy] --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Blotter presented to Van Raalte by the children of his brother-in-law Brummelkamp on his 34th birthday --- 1845Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Map: Detroit, Toledo and Cincinnati Railroads --- 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Het Nieuwe Testament: Utrecht, W. Kroon, P. Muntendam, J. Evelt en S. Neaulme, 1740. Inscription: "G. Van Wagtendonk, 24 Augs 1847 Rotterdam Jakob Labots Door J Labots aan A. C. van Raalte in" --- 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Autographs (contributors) book: "In Memoriam van Rev. A.C. Van Raalte D.D. Erste Leeraar dezer Gemeente en Vader Onzer Nederzetting. Een Dienstknecht des Heeren, Krachtig in Woorden en Werken," [Memorial plaque in Pillar CRC in Holland, MI] --- 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 11: A.C. van Raalte and Christina Johanna Van Raalte-De Moen Sketch by J.R. Harkema --- 1996Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: News Items of Van Raalte's Death --- 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Map: Memphis and Chattanooga Railroad LinesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Boston Daily Advertiser: vol. 69 no. 46 --- February 23, 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Grand River Times (Grand Haven): vol. 2 no. 107 --- August 10, 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Grand River Times (Grand Haven): vol. 4 no. 207 --- September 5, 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ottawa Clarion (Grand Haven): vol. 2 no. 71 --- August 26, 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Weekly Clarion (Grand Haven): supplement to --- September 1, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 8: De Grondwet (Holland): vol. 2 no. 12 --- August 12, 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Weekly Clarion (Grand Haven): vol. 6 no. 277 --- August 12, 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 10: De Grondwet (Holland): vol. 4 no. 14 --- September 9, 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Grand Haven Union: vol. 2 no. 52 --- September 6, 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 12: De Grondwet (Holland): supplement to --- September 21, 1875Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Newspaper Clippings: De Grondwet [photocopy] --- 1911-1912Add to your cart.
Series 10: ItemsAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Copy of Jacobson's book: A.C. Van Raalte: Dutch Leader and American Patriot [HERH F575 .D9 A6]Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Copy of Dosker's book: Levensschets van A.C. Van Raalte (HERH F575 .D9 D6)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Origins, vol. XIX no. 2 --- 2001Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Land Purchases: Purchase Receipts (Box 14, Folder 11) --- 1848Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 2: State Tax Land Deeds (Box 13, Folder 2)Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letter of A.C. Van Raalte to his wife (Box 9, Folder 26) --- 1846Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 6: 1947 Centennial Program booklet (Box 19, Folder 3)Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Published Sermon of Van Raalte Leerreede (Box 17, Folder 8) --- 1859Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photocopy of sermon preached in (Box 5, Folder 7) --- 1851Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Copy of Gordon Spykman's book, Pioneer Preacher, (Box 18, Folder 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Record of Marriages Performed by A.C. Van Raalte (Box 18, Folder 1) --- 1847-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Copy of Voices from North America (Box 18, Folder 12)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Copy of Albertus Christiaan Van Raalte: (Box 18, Folder 10) --- 1811-1876-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Copy of Albert Hyma's book, When the Dutch Came to Michigan (Box 18, Folder 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: From Heart to Heart: Letters from the Rev. A.C. Van Raalte to His Wife Christina Johanna Van Raalte-De Moen (Box 18, folder 13) --- 1836-1847Add to your cart.
Series 11: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Picture of A.C. Van Raalte and Christina Van Raalte (in display case)Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Pictures of the Van Raalte house (on display)Add to your cart.