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Leonard Sweetman Jr. Collection, 1951-2002, undated | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen, February 2014

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Collection Overview

Title: Leonard Sweetman Jr. Collection, 1951-2002, undated

ID: COLL/534

Primary Creator: Sweetman Jr., Leonard (1924-)

Extent: 0.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2004


The collection (1951-2002) contains the research files and papers of Leonard Sweetman Jr. (1924-), an ordained minister and professor emeritus in Religion and Theology at Calvin College.  The material focus on Sweetman's work on missiology, world religions, faith, and social justice.

Biographical Note

Leonard Sweetman Jr. was born in 1924 in Paterson, New Jersey to Leonard Sweetman Sr. and Rose Sluisman. He graduated from Calvin College in 1948, from Calvin Theological Seminary with a ThB in 1951, attended the Kennedy School of Missions for two years beginning in 1953, and the Free University of Amsterdam with a ThD in 1962.  He was ordained a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America in 1951 and served as the pastor of several congregations and as a missionary to Japan (1955-1961). In 1964 he joined the Religion and Theology faculty of Calvin College, specializing in New Testament, Missiology, and World Religions.  He published papers and reviews in the Reformed Journal and the Banner. He retired in 1989, and then served as a volunteer translator (Dutch to English) in Heritage Hall of Calvin College until 2004.

Sweetman married Clara Timmerman in 1947, they have three children: Angelique (married to Clarence Dottery, Robert (married to Roseane Lopers), and Nora (married to Steven Cooper).

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Leonard Sweetman, 2004

Other Note: Acc. No. 04.40, 04.44

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],
[Series 2: Articles],
[Series 3: Book Reviews],

Series 3: Book Reviews
Box 1
Folder 21: Banner Book --- undated
Folder 22: "Stories of the Hindus" --- undated
Folder 23: Litany for Dedication of Meeter Center for Calvin Studies --- May 1982
Folder 24: "Jesus Son of Man," "Mysticism in the World Religions" --- undated
Folder 25: Paper: "Self-Affirmation and Self-Denial in John Calvin" --- undated
Folder 26: Paper: "History and the Gospels" --- undated
Folder 27: Speech: "What in the World is Happening?" Greenville, MI --- 1979
Folder 28: Book: "From Heart to Heart," edited by Sweetman --- undated
Folder 29: Lectures on Hinduism and Buddhism Give at Congregation Ahavas Israel and River Terrace Church --- 1984, 1992

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