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John Clover Monsma Collection



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John Clover Monsma Collection, 1919-1970 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: John Clover Monsma Collection, 1919-1970

ID: COLL/177

Primary Creator: John Clover Monsma (1890-1970)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church, author, and publisher of the American Daily Standard, plus president of The World. The collection includes the periodical The World, manuscripts, reviews, articles, and correspondence, (of special note is a letter, directed to Abraham Kuyper with a plea for him to form a World Alliance of Calvinists, and expressing Monsma's gratitude for the influence of his teachings).

Biographical Note

John Clover Monsma was born in the Netherlands in 1890. In 1902, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Calvin Seminary graduating in 1917. In the same year, he accepted the call from Summit, Illinois to become their minister. He remained at the church until 1919. He resigned from the CRC and became a pastor of PCUSA. He served the congregation of Grandville, NY, (1920-22) and First, Oostburg, WI (1922-28). In 1923, he earned his PhD at Princeton University. He was the editor of The New Reformation: A Magazine for Ministers and Other Church Workers (The Ministers' Monthly) from 1924 to1925

In 1928, Monsma decided to pursue a non-ministerial vocation as a journalist and author. He also was a radio commentator and had a weekly radio program in the Chicago area. His work as an author includes The Evidence of God in an Expanding Universe (1958), Science and Religion (1962), and Behind the Dim Unknown (1966). John Clover Monsma passed away on April 24, 1970 in Grand Rapids. His wife, Katherine and their three children survived him.

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Series 2: Manuscripts and Reviews
Box 3
Folder 1: Manuscript: This I Believe About Jesus Christ --- 1955
Folder 2: Manuscript: The White House Has a Guest, Copy ?
Folder 3: Manuscript: The White House Has a Guest, Copy ??
Folder 4: Reviews and correspondence on "Behind the Dim Unknown" --- 1963-1967
Folder 5: Reviews on "The Evidence of God in Our Expanding Universe" --- 1958
Folder 6: Reviews on "Religion and Birth Control" --- 1963-1965
Folder 7: Correspondence on Symposium on "Religion and Medical Ethics" --- 1962
Folder 8: Reviews on "Science and Religion" --- 1962
Folder 9: Material on Hour of Silver Trumpets, a Religious Radio Program from Chicago --- 1947

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