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Title: Idzerd Van Dellen Collection, 1837-1965

ID: COLL/263

Primary Creator: Van Dellen, Idzerd (1871-1965)

Extent: 2.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes class notes; pamphlets; notes on the history of Bethesda Hospital and the Christian Reformed Church in Maxwell City, New Mexico; study outline for the Canons of Dort written for men's and women's societies; and a copy of a letter written by Hendrik de Cock in 1837. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Idzerd Van Dellen was born on 31 January 1871, in a parsonage in the village of Sassenheim. He spent his boyhood and most of his youth in the Netherlands. However, after studying a few years in the Theological School at Kampen, he followed his father, Rev. Lubbertus Van Dellen, to the United States and completed his education at the Theological School of the Christian Reformed Church.

Rev. Van Dellen began his ministry in Maxwell City, New Mexico, in 1895, and later held pastorates in Luctor, Kansas, and Orange City, Iowa. Largely for the improvement of his wife's health, he moved to Denver, Colorado, and there he remained as pastor of the First Denver CRC for thirty-three years.

Throughout his lifetime, Rev. Van Dellen was interested in the study of church polity. Already in 1915 he was the co-editor of a manual of church order, and in 1941 he and Rev. Martin Monsma co-authored the Church Order Commentary. He served on the committee which prepared the 1965 revised edition of the church order.

His active pen produced a number of books, including an autobiography, In God's Crucible. He wrote meditations for several periodicals and for years he supplied a weekly column, "Postduiven," for De Wachter.

Rev. Van Dellen helped to establish Bethesda Hospital and was active in promoting the hospital's cause in other parts of the country. He was the spiritual adviser to the tubercular patients at Bethesda for many years.

Both Christian education and missions were of vital concern to Rev. Van Dellen. He was a member of the Foreign Missions Board and displayed a particular interest in the mission work among the Indians in nearby states. His pioneer work in the promotion of local Christian schools has been recognized by the naming of one of the Denver Christian Schools in his honor. For forty years he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.

Rev. Van Dellen's capacities for leadership and his spiritual qualities were recognized in the church. At several meetings of the annual synods, he was chosen to be the president of that body. Although he was not blessed with children of his own, many felt that when this aged servant died on 29 October 1965, a spiritual father had passed away.

Idzerd Van Dellen spent a lifetime in service to the Christian Reformed Church. For a number of years, he was its nester and his contributions to the denomination, both during his active ministry and lengthy retirement, were many and varied.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: General Material, 1837-1958],
[Series 2: Sermonic Material, 1890-1965],
[Series 3: Publications, 1913-1964],
[Series 4: General Material, 1918-1934],
[Series 5: Speeches, n.d.],
[Series 6: Family, 1889-1939],
[Series 7: Photographs, 1895, n.d.],
[Series 8: Photographs],

Series 1: General Material --- 1837-1958
Box 1
Folder 1: Addresses delivered on various occasions
Folder 2: Book reviews: "Het Mormonisme en van Christus en Zijne Gemeente," De Wachter --- 1913
Folder 3: Call letters and other congregational items --- 1895, 1901, 1902, 1943, 1952
Folder 4: Canons of Dort: Study material written by IVD received from Alamosa Men's Society --- 1950
Folder 5: Cent Society: Financial report, payment record of church and parsonage
Folder 6
Item 1: Correspondence with Beuker --- 1990
Item 2: Waterink --- 1949
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 1914-1958
Folder 8
Item 1: Diplomas, Kampen --- 1891 and 1893
Item 2: Calvin --- 1895
Item 3: Classis Orange City --- 1895
Folder 9:
Item 1: Gezangen Liturgie --- 1933
Item 2: Eenige Gezangen --- 1933
Folder 10: Lecture notes of Dr. Rutgers on Kerkrecht, given by IVD through Martin Monsma --- 1958
Folder 11: Letter of H. de Kock (historically significant) --- 1837
Folder 12: Letter written on board the SS Potsdam to the consistory --- 1912
Folder 13: Maxwell, Colorado, brief history of the congregation
Folder 14
Item 1: Photo plate: residence on 2126 S. Humboldt Street, Denver, CO --- 1935
Item 2: Photographs --- 1954, undated
Folder 15: Published articles in De Wachter, Christian Home and School, The Banner
Folder 16: Sundry notes in booklet, and notes on a trip to the Netherlands
Folder 17: Twenty-first anniversary issue of Volksvriend. Church news with Van Dellen's call to Maxwell --- 1895
Folder 18: Twenty-fifth anniversary of Bethesda Bulletin. Paper of the Doctor and the Dominee, by Van Dellen --- July 1925
Folder 19: Voorloic Vastgestelde Kerkorde de Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland --- 1955
Series 2: Sermonic Material --- 1890-1965
Box 2
Folder 1
Item 1: Memorandum book with Dutch and English sermon notes --- [undated]
Item 2: Sermon: "My Farewell," I. Van Dellen --- 1941
Folder 2: Sermons outlined: some without dates, and some from --- 1890-1899
Folder 3: Sermons outlined --- 1900-1909 and 1910-1919
Folder 4: Sermons outlined --- 1920-1929
Folder 5: Sermons outlined --- 1930-1939
Folder 6: Sermons outlined --- 1940-1949
Folder 7: Sermons outlined --- 1950-1956
Folder 8: Sermon: 70th anniversary of ordination at First Denver CRC --- 1965
Folder 9: Typed sermons on II Kings 2:19-22; Isaiah 44:5; II Cor.13:5; Philippians 4:7; Hebrews 13:8; I John 3:1
Series 3: Publications --- 1913-1964
Box 3
Folder 1: The Secession of 1834; [HERH BX9474.V28] --- [1934?]
Folder 2: My Farewell [HERH BX6827.V29 M6] --- 1941
Folder 3: Concerning Ecclesiastical Decrees [HERH BV4597.V3] --- 1942
Folder 4: The Ministry of Mercy: Rethinking the Priestly Office of Deacon for Such a Time as This [HERH BV80.V3] --- 1946
Folder 5: Good-Bye [HERH BX6827.V29 G6] --- 1964
Folder 6: Church notes on articles, 53-86 --- [undated]
Folder 7: Van Christus en Zijne Gemeente [HERH BX6827.V29 V3] --- 1913
Folder 8: De Bevoegdheid van Kerkelijke Deputaten, by I Van Dellen, pp. 21-32 [bound with] Curatorium en het Praeparatoir Examen, by R.J. Danhof, pp. 3-20 --- [1931?]
Series 4: General Material --- 1918-1934
Box 3
Folder 9: CRC Synod advertisement --- [1918?]
Folder 10: Notebook, "The Married Life and Marriage" --- undated
Folder 11: Calvin Shirt worn by Anne Van Dellen Dryfhout --- 1930-1934
Series 5: Speeches --- n.d.
Box 3
Folder 13: "men of Principle" --- n.d.
Folder 14: "Christian Education" --- n.d.
Folder 15-16: various and notes --- n.d.
Series 6: Family --- 1889-1939
Box 3
Folder 17: Letters-1011 --- 1903
Folder 18: Recollections of Orange City, IA --- n.d.
Folder 19: Autograph book --- n.d.
Box 4
Folder 1: Correspondence --- 1899-1926
Folder 2: Newspaper clippings --- n.d.
Folder 3: First Denver CRC --- n.d.
Folder 4: Colorado League bookmark --- 1939
Folder 5: Poetry --- n.d.
Folder 6: Poetry and notes --- n.d.
Series 7: Photographs --- 1895, n.d.
Box 4
Folder 7: Van Dellen, Idzerd and Margaret --- n.d.
Folder 8: Van Dellen, Idzerd --- n.d.
Folder 9: Van Dellen, Margaret --- n.d.
Folder 10: Miscellaneous --- n.d.
Folder 11: Idzerd Van Dellen's father and brothers --- n.d.
Folder 12: Seminary Class --- 1895
Folder 13: Ven Dellen family photo album
Series 8: Photographs
Box 1
Folder 14
Item 1: Photo plate: residence on 2126 S. Humboldt Street, Denver, CO --- 1935
Item 2: Photographs --- 1954, undated

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: General Material, 1837-1958],
[Series 2: Sermonic Material, 1890-1965],
[Series 3: Publications, 1913-1964],
[Series 4: General Material, 1918-1934],
[Series 5: Speeches, n.d.],
[Series 6: Family, 1889-1939],
[Series 7: Photographs, 1895, n.d.],
[Series 8: Photographs],

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