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Tiede Vander Ark Collection, 1847-1936

Collection Overview

Title: Tiede Vander Ark Collection, 1847-1936

ID: COLL/356

Creator: Vander Ark, Tiede (1868-1937)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/1992

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes poems, songs, sermons, and speeches for special occasions (in the Dutch, Frisian, and English languages); an autobiography written in poetic form, recalling childhood years in Friesland, the Netherlands, the emigration of the family to America, his studies for the ministry, and an account of the churches which he served; plus a letter written (author unknown) describing early Dutch settlement in Michigan (1847).

Biographical Note

Tiede Vander Ark was born in the village of Blija, in the province of Friesland, Netherlands on January 11, 1868. At the age of 19, Vander Ark and his family immigrated to the United States, and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vander Ark entered Calvin Theological Seminary, and earned his diploma in 1897. During this time Vander Ark married Lena Lef├ębre. Vander Ark's first call to service came from the congregation of Borculo Christian Reformed Church.

Rev. Vander Ark's other charges included First Grand Rapids, Michigan (1900-1905); First Pella, Iowa (1905-1910); Drenthe, Michigan (1910-1916); Manhattan, Montana (1916-1922); Edgerton, Minnesota (1922-1930); and Harderwyk, Michigan (1930-1935). After 38 years of service, Rev. Vander Ark retired from active ministry. However, he continued to visit the sick and elderly of Zeeland, Michigan.

In 1937 Rev. Tiede Vander Ark suffered a blood clot, and passed away on January 13.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Frank Hoogland, Zeeland MI, July 1992


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Autobiography in verse form: Iets over mijn leven, printed and handwritten
Folder 2: Diaries - small booklets covering the years --- 1928-1936
Folder 3: Verses: Dutch poetry and songs
Folder 4: Pastor's pocket record: family visitation; speeches (one English, 75th anniversary of First/Commerce Street CRC)
Folder 5: Published meditation --- 1936
Folder 6: Published verses that appeared in church papers
Folder 7: Rijelarig, bound copy of verses
Folder 8: School speeches in Edgerton and Leota, Minnesota
Box 2
Folder 1: Photograph of First Pella, Iowa, church and parsonage, his second charge --- 1905-1910
Folder 2: Pamphlets relating to Common Grace Issue
Folder 3: Poetry
Folder 4: Essays
Folder 5: Unidentified sermons
Folder 6: Sermons for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Pentecost, Ascension Day, Old Year's, and New Year's Day
Folder 7: Funeral sermons
Folder 8: Sermon delivered at Vander Ark's funeral
Folder 9: Copy of letter (with translation) written describing early Dutch settlement in Michigan (writer unknown) --- 1847
Folder 10: Sermons on Ruth
Folder 11: Preparatory sermons
Folder 12: Sermons on Daniel
Folder 13: Paterson, NJ, Sunday school publication "De Sabbathschool Bode" --- 1910