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Edwin J. Van Kley Collection, 1967-2001 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Edwin J. Van Kley Collection, 1967-2001

ID: COLL/477

Primary Creator: Van Kley, Edwin J. (1930-2002)

Extent: 15.16 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Professor of history at Calvin College. The collection includes: articles, papers, reviews, commentaries, resource materials, notes, correspondence, documents, booklets, projects, seminars, conference materials, lectures, course materials, publications, colloquiums, extensive research materials, plus the manuscript, research, bibliography, reviews, and other materials associate with the book entitled, "Asia in the making of Europe" by D. F. Lach and E. J. Van Kley. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Edwin J. Van Kley was born in South Holland, Illinois on July 4, 1930. After he graduated from high school, Van Kley very much wanted to attend college, however he took an apprenticeship at R.R. Donnelly's Lakeside Press as a photo engraver. In 1951 Van Kley enlisted in the Navy serving as a dental technician during the Korean War. During his time in the Navy, Van Kley got the opportunity to visit many Asian ports. Van Kley became fascinated in East Asia, which would later play a prominent role in his future career.

After he completed his service with the Navy, Van Kley finally got the opportunity to pursue a college education. He enrolled in Calvin College where he met his bride-to-be, Elaine. After he graduated with his bachelor's degree in 17th century history in 1958, he married Elaine. Together they moved to Chicago where, Van Kley entered the University of Chicago and earned his M.A. and Ph.D.

In 1961 Van Kley returned to his alma mater, this time not as a student but rather as a faculty member. Van Kley served the college as professor of history, teaching courses on Asian and Modern European history. He also served as the chairman for the history department from 1977 to 1981 and once again in 1991-92. Along with his professor duties, he also was involved on many college committees. He served on the Library committee, Honors Program Committee, and Academic Standards Committee to name a few. One of Van Kley's largest undertaking was the four volume book entitled, "Asia in the Making of Europe which he co-authored with Donald Lach. After 33 years, Van Kley retired from Calvin College in 1995.

On a more personal level, Van Kley enjoyed traveling, cross country skiing, and mountain climbing to name a few of his hobbies. He enjoyed spending time with his three sons and grandchildren. He was also known as a spiritual leader to his friends, family, and colleagues. He was a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder and on the worship committee. On October 9, 2002 Edwin J. Van Kley passed away due to a battle with pneumonia.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Asia in the Making of Europe],
[Series 2: Papers and Correspondence],
[Series 3: Course Materials],
[Series 4: Research Material, Etc.],

Series 2: Papers and Correspondence
Box 11
Folder 1: Paper, "The Gospel for China"
Item 1: The Banner --- (October 15, 1971)
Item 2: The Reformed Journal --- (December 1971)
Item 3: The Reformed Journal --- (April 1972)
Folder 2: Paper by Van Kley "Calvin and the Generations"
Folder 3: Paper by Van Kley "Chronology and the Scriptures… A Backward Glance"
Folder 4: Journal "Dialogue" --- January 31, 1973
Folder 5: Review of A Tourist Does Golgotha
Folder 6: Comment on Vietnam, published in The Reformed Journal
Folder 7: Paper from History 550, "Grotius and China"
Folder 8: Encyclopedia Britannica Correspondence and Documents
Folder 9: Review of "Religious Policy and Practice in Communist China, A Documentary History," "Some Reflections on the China Visit" (published in Reformed Journal) --- 1972
Folder 10: Discoveries and Dutch Popular Culture Booklet "Terrae Incognitae" Paper, "The Effect of the Discoveries on Seventeenth Century Dutch Popular Culture" Correspondence
Box 12
Folder 1: China-Jesuit History Project; Booklet, "The Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History"
Folder 2: RESTRICTED Letters of Recommendation
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 3: RESTRICTED Letters of Recommendation
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 4: RESTRICTED Letters of Recommendation
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 5: Correspondence re: Collection of Essays for Donald Lach
Folder 6: Correspondence re: Purchase Handbook
Box 13
Folder 1: Paper, "Chinese History in 17th Century European Reports", Correspondence
Folder 2: College Interim and Travel (Chantilly, France)
Folder 3: Paper, "The Manchu Conquest in European Literature" Short Version
Folder 4: Paper, "The Manchu Conquest in European Literature" Short Version
Folder 5: Paper, "The Manchu Conquest in European Literature" Short Version
Folder 6: Paper, "The Manchu Conquest and its Effects on Dutch Literature"
Folder 7: Newberry Renaissance Seminar --- May 8, 1971
Folder 8: Paper and Correspondence re: "An Alternative Muse" by Van Kley
Folder 9: Paper, "Europe's "Discovery" of China and the Writing of World History" by Van Kley
Folder 10: World History Article
Folder 11: World History Project
Folder 12: China and World History
Folder 13: Paper, "Europe's "Discovery" of China and the Writing of World History" by Van Kley, Correspondence re: paper and Hope College Renaissance Conference --- April 25, 1968
Folder 14: Paper, "Europe's Discovery of China and the Writing of World History"
Folder 15: Final Draft and Correspondence
Folder 16: Paper, "Manchu Conquest," First Draft
Folder 17: Paper, "Manchu Conquest and European Literature," Original and Correspondence
Folder 18: Paper, "Manchu Conquest"
Folder 19: Paper and Correspondence re: News from China, 17th Century Notices of Manchu Conquest
Box 14
Folder 1: Paper, "The Christian Historian and Recent Trends"
Folder 2: Reviews of Dale Van Kley's Books
Folder 3: Renaissance Views of the World
Item 1: Paper, "The Aztecs in Renaissance Thought"
Item 2: Paper, "The Renaissance Image of the Turk" by Robert Schwoebel
Item 3: Booklet - American Historical Association, 83rd Annual Meeting
Folder 4: Paper, "Of Flags and Crosses"
Folder 5: Protestant Responses to Ricci AHA - --- 1982
Folder 6: Sixteenth Century Conference
Folder 7: Durham Conference and Paper
Folder 8: Paper, "Dutch Contributions to Europe's Image of Asia"
Folder 9: Paper, Manila Conference, "The Image of China in Seventeenth Century Europe"
Folder 10: Appointments and Related Correspondence
Folder 11: Research Expenses 6/1/78
Folder 12: Taiwan Conference and China Travel including expense receipts
Folder 13: Notes on the work of a Historian
Folder 14: Papers --- August 9, 1967
Folder 15: Ethnic Source Tools for the Historian; Michigan Archivist Association --- October 1, 1971
Folder 16: Notes on the Western Images of China
Folder 17: Paper, "The Dutch in Indonesia", Calvinism and Racism 1-28-85
Folder 18: Papers, "On Being Reformed: Is There an Identity Crisis at Calvin College?" by Nicholas Wolterstorff, "Worship and College Life Fall Faculty Conference," Correspondence re: Chapel
Folder 19: Jesuit-Loyola Conference
Folder 20: Baroque Festival --- 1983
Folder 21: Paper, "China Observed: An Old China Watcher Watches China"
Folder 22: U.S. and China: Prospect and Retrospect
Folder 23: Papers re: China in Western Civilization
Folder 24: Colloquium - Image of Asia
Folder 25: Masters Thesis, The University of Chicago, "Early Dutch Attempts to Establish Trade with China, 1600-1622" --- December 1959
Box 15
Folder 1: Purchase Handbook
Folder 2: Documents re: Howard Rienstra
Folder 3: Book Reviews
Folder 4: Book Reviews
Folder 5: Book Reviews
Folder 6: Correspondence
Folder 7: Correspondence
Folder 8: Correspondence
Folder 9: Correspondence

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[Series 2: Papers and Correspondence],
[Series 3: Course Materials],
[Series 4: Research Material, Etc.],

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