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Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Collection

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Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"

Letters to the Netherlands

National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference

Calvin College Multicultural Year

Correspondence

Miscellaneous

Addendum



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Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Collection, 1938-2008 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Collection, 1938-2008

ID: COLL/188

Primary Creator: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde (1934-2019)

Extent: 17.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of art at Calvin College. The collection includes research materials for the booklet Stories of Faith: Fifteen Heroes of Calvin College and the Christian Reformed Church; research materials for resident hall paintings; correspondence; materials from serving on various committees, i.e., Calvin College multicultural, Dutch Immigration Society, American Bicentennial heritage celebration, and Graafschap Christian Reformed Church Heritage Center; photographs; articles; presentations; artwork inventory; design projects; sketches; awards; and materials on exhibitions. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on November 24, 1934. Before becoming the artist and art professor, he is known as today, Overvoorde attended Technical Schools and eventually the Royal Technicum PBNA to pursue a career path as a diesel engineer. In 1957, Overvoorde immigrated to the United States as diesel engineer. However, in 1961 he enrolled in Kendall School of Design to pursue visual design. He went on to the University of Michigan earning his B.S.D. degree in 1964 and his M.F.A. degree in 1966.

A big year came to Overvoorde in 1966; he not only became a U.S. citizen, but also became faculty of the Calvin College Art department. He started out as an instructor of art and eventually made his way to associate professor of art. He also served as director of exhibitions and chair of the Art Department.

Overvoorde is also known for his personal works of art. He has worked as a painter, printmaker, muralist, graphic designer, and stage designer. His work can be found in both public and private collections. His work has been involved in competitions and exhibitions. Four of Overvoorde’s paintings, depicting Dutch contributions to American life and culture, had made its way to Washington D.C. in 1976.  The four paintings were displayed at the Great Hall of Commerce.

On a personal level, Overvoorde is married to Greta Duifhuis. Together they have four children. He has served as a deacon and treasurer for the Christian Reformed Church. He has served his community by being a board member of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and a chairman for the Municipal Art Advisory Commission of Grand Rapids. Overvoorde reach emeritus status and retired in 1997.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Access Restrictions: ***PARTIAL RESTRICTION (boxes 3-4, 8-9)

Processing Information: Series 7 is composed of materials that were added to the collection in 2019.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"],
[Series 2: Letters to the Netherlands, 1957-1986],
[Series 3: National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference, 2000-2001],
[Series 4: Calvin College Multicultural Year, 1996-1997],
[Series 5: Correspondence, 1961-1995],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1938-2014],
[Series 7: Addendum],
[All]

Series 7: Addendum
Box 19
Folder 1: Lectures and Papers --- 1961-1969
Folder 2: Lectures and Papers --- 1970-1979
Folder 3: Lectures and Papers --- 1980
Folder 4: Lectures and Papers --- 1981-1985
Folder 5: Lectures and Papers --- 1986-1989
Folder 6: Lectures and Papers --- 1990-1992
Folder 7: Lectures and Papers --- 1993
Folder 8: Lectures and Papers --- 1994-1995
Folder 9: Lectures and Papers --- 1996-1999
Folder 10: Lectures and Papers --- 2000-2004
Folder 11: Artwork - Various Projects
Folder 12: Artwork - Calvin College Buildings
Box 20
Folder 1: Artwork and Sketchbooks
Folder 2: Various Trips --- 1991-1999
Folder 3: Baroque Festival --- 1992-1993
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1997
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1998
Folder 6: Correspondence --- 1999
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 2000
Folder 8: Sabbatical Leave of Absence --- 1993-1994
Folder 9: Sabatical - Dutch Art --- 1997-1998
Folder 10: CALL Class - 19th Century Dutch Painting --- 2004
Folder 11: Notes on Prints --- 1961-1964
Folder 12: Day Journal in Holland --- 1977-1978
Folder 13: Passenger List "Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt"
Box 21
Folder 1: CRC Denominational Building Atrium Project --- 1996
Folder 2: Invoice Book and Price Lists
Folder 3: Bulletins, Signs, and Artwork - Grace CRC
Folder 4: Book Reviews - Passing the Colors: Engaging Visual Culture in the 21st Century --- 2002
Folder 5: Calvin Seminary - Covenant Room Art --- 2004
Folder 6: North Hills CRC Artwork - Troy, Michigan --- 2004
Folder 7: Art Lecture - Grand Rapids Art Museum --- 2006
Folder 8: Lecture - Kendall College of Art and Design --- 2016
Folder 9: The West Michigan Eight
Folder 10: Reformed Bible Institute Presidential Medallion
Folder 11: Photos of Portraits - Persons Named on Calvin College Dorms
Folder 12: Photos of Sky (Clouds) Art
Folder 13: Photos of Various Art Works
Folder 14: "Witness" Testimonies Serving as a Witness to the Legacy of Chris Stoffel Overvoorde (Retirement 1997) [1 of 3] --- 1997
Folder 15: "Witness" Testimonies Serving as a Witness to the Legacy of Chris Stoffel Overvoorde (Retirement 1997) [2 of 3] --- 1997
Folder 16: "Witness" Testimonies Serving as a Witness to the Legacy of Chris Stoffel Overvoorde (Retirement 1997) [3 of 3] --- 1997
Folder 17: Retirement Cards and Wishes --- 1997
Folder 18: Thank You Notes and Letters

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"],
[Series 2: Letters to the Netherlands, 1957-1986],
[Series 3: National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference, 2000-2001],
[Series 4: Calvin College Multicultural Year, 1996-1997],
[Series 5: Correspondence, 1961-1995],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1938-2014],
[Series 7: Addendum],
[All]


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