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Title: Cornelius Kuipers Collection, 1882-1992

ID: COLL/159

Primary Creator: Cornelius Kuipers (1898-1989)

Extent: 1.0 Box

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and missionary to Zuni, New Mexico. The collection includes minutes, reports, correspondence, speeches, bulletins, commemorative pamphlets, and a taped interview with transcription. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Cornelius Kuipers’ name has become synonymous with missionary to Indians.  Since 1927, his ministry as lay-missionary and later as ordained minister has been among the Zuni and Navajo Indians of the Southwest. Before his ordination, he served at Zuni as principal and acting missionary. Ordination (according to Church Order Article 8, which provides for ordination under special circumstances) took place September 17, 1950, in the Peoria Christian Reformed Church.

During his ministry in Zuni, Cornelius Kuipers studied and wrote four books on Zuni culture. He earned a master’s degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico.

When he moved to Brigham Young City, his work among Native Americans continued but it now involved Navajos, especially Navajo students. The Friendship Letters in the collection are the products of this period.

Cornelius married Lois Nelson; they had four children. Lois died in 1945. In 1947, he married Martha Vos who had served two terms as a teacher in the Zuni Mission School. One daughter was added to the Cornelius Kuiper family.

After retirement, Kuipers continued to fill Indian assignments. He lived in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1985.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Related Materials: The Christian Indian from the C. Kuipers collection was placed in the Calvin Theological Library periodical collection

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Series 1: Mission Materials
Box 1
Folder 1: Biographical and family materials --- 1947-1992
Folder 2: Bulletins of the Brigham Young Christian Reformed Church --- Jan-Dec 1961
Folder 3: "Friendship Letters," by C.K. from Brigham City --- 1956-1965
Folder 4: "The Christian Reformed Mission to Reservation and Urban Indians: A Sociological Analysis," Part I, Calvin College --- 1975
Folder 5: Letter from the Christian Reformed Board of Missions to Zuni, New Mexico --- 1930
Folder 6: "My Adventure in Zuni," by F.H. Cushing in Century, --- Dec 1882, Feb, and Mar 1883
Folder 7: Indian Council minutes, guides, and other material --- 1973-1978
Folder 8: Minutes of the General Conference, Gallup, New Mexico --- Mar 1950 - Dec 1951
Folder 9: Speech by A. Vander Wagen, at the cornerstone laying at Mission Church in Zuni, New Mexico --- August 31, 1926
Folder 10: "Een Stem uit de Wildernis," by A. Vander Wagen, articles in De Wachter --- 1941
Folder 11: Historical Highlights of the Indian Mission of the Christian Reformed Church by Mrs. Louis Berkhof --- undated
Folder 12: Publication commemorating seventy-five years of Indian Missions --- 1896-1971
Folder 13: Zuni Speaks, a publication by the Women's Missionary Union of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Christian Reformed Church --- undated
Folder 14: Dedication of Mission in Zuni.  Press clipping --- 1972
Folder 15: Three Indian Tribes of the Southwest, by Gordon Oosterman (National Union of Christian Schools) --- 1973
Folder 16: "Reizen en Onderzoekingen in Noord-Amerika," by H.F.C. Ten Kate. Chapter on the Zuni --- 1885
Folder 17: Indian art --- undated
Folder 18: Rare gems of literature: facsimiles of original manuscripts --- undated
Folder 19: Written interview between C. Kuipers and J.H. Brinks --- undated
Folder 20: Christian Entertainment: Dialogues and Recitations --- undated
Folder 21: Christian Youth:  Dialogues, Original Plays and Selected Recitations --- undated
Folder 22: Personal correspondence with Lois Nelson Kuipers (wife) --- 1923-1928
[typed transcription]

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