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Richard Postma Collection

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[General Materials]

Translations by Fred Greidanus, edited and reformatted by Gerrit Sheeres

Correspondence and Other Materials

Photographs



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Title: Richard Postma Collection, 1924-1975Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/391

Primary Creator: Postma, Richard (1891-1976)

Extent: 1.95 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Teacher, principal, department editor ("For Boys and Girls" by Uncle Dick in the Banner), and director of the Young Calvinist Federation. The collection includes diaries, clippings, photographs, speeches, addresses, papers, articles, interviews, correspondence, and other materials regarding the Young Calvinist Federation, Christian schools, National Union of Christian Schools, National Association of Evangelicals, American Federation of Reformed Young Men's Society, United Calvinistic Youth, Christian Youth Center, League of Young Men's Societies, Christian Citizens' Committee, Christian War Veterans of America, Christian Social Action, Rehoboth Mission; and includes various copies of Vital Issues, a periodical published by AFRYMS. [See also Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Richard Postma was born on March 17, 1891 in the village of Rottevalle, the Netherlands. His father, Ynse Postma, worked as a carpenter, and often it was hard for him to find a job. So, young Postma and his family would move from town to town for his father to find work.  At the age of sixteen, Postma became the principal of the school in Rottevalle.  A pivotal moment in Postma's life was when he attended a youth meeting in Amsterdam. It was there that a speech made by Abraham Kuyper that truly resonated with Postma. From that point on, Postma decided to devote his time and energy in serving the Lord, with a special focus on inspiring young people to live a Christian life.

In 1912 Postma immigrated to the United States, and settled in Chicago. During this time, Postma met Reverend William Stuart. Rev. Stuart took Postma under his wing and taught him English. Rev. Stuart even arranged for Postma's long-term girlfriend, Gertrude Dykstra to travel to the United States. He married Postma and his bride, Gertrude, on December 29, 1913.

While in Roseland, Postma took classes through the YMCA, and eventually became a teacher at the Christian school. By 1917 Postma and his growing family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he accepted the role of principal of the Pine Street Christian School. He eventually moved on to work at Grandville Avenue Christian School.

In 1919 the movement of Young Calvinist Federation began, in which Postma played a major role. Postma served as the director of the Young Calvinist Federation for many years which allowed him to travel around the world promoting their mission.

Another important role Postma played in the lives of youth was as "Uncle Dick" of the Banner Children's page.  He began writing for the Banner in 1931 and soon after his mailbox was full of letters from children. For the children's page, Postma always encouraged his young readers to assist in causes such as raising funds for a new school bus in Japan.

Richard Postma died on August 16, 1976 several weeks after a major surgery of removing a tumor from his brain.


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Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Paper, Christian School movement in Michigan --- 1926Add to your cart.
Series 2: Translations by Fred Greidanus, edited and reformatted by Gerrit SheeresAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence (with translation) --- August 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence (with translation) --- September 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Censured (Gecensureerd) envelopes (with translation) --- 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence (with translation) --- January 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence (with translation) --- October 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence (with translation) --- May 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence (with translation) --- July 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence (with translation) --- September 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence (with translation) --- November 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence (with translation) --- January 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence (with translation) --- February 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence (with translation) --- June 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence (with translation) --- July 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence (with translation) --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 16-17: Correspondence (with translation) --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Correspondence and Other MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Interview re: Young Calvinist Federation --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Investments --- 1952-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Material relating to retirement --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Young Calvinist articles re: R. Postma's retirement --- 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous correspondence --- 1937-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence re: trip to state of Washington --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence re: Johnny Van Dyke --- 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence re: NUCS promotion director position --- 1946-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters and articles in response to Postma's articles on extremism --- 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence re: Postma's article on pagent, "Call to Action" --- 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence re: National Association of Evangelicals --- 1950-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence re: Indian Cousins articles in The Banner --- 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Interesting" correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence from Australia --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence from South Africa --- 1945-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence from the Netherlands --- 1945-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 13: News clippings --- 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs: Richard Postma, wife, Young Men's Society, Grandville Ave. CRC --- 1920sAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Young Men's Society Convention, Paterson, New Jersey --- 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Addresses given at Young Calvinist Conventions --- 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Addresses given at Young Calvinist Conventions --- 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Report to the Young Calvinist Federation Board --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Young Calvinist Book Club material --- 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Young Calvinist Federation Executive Committee minutes --- 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Various Synodical Reports on Youth Work --- 1928, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Material re: Relationship of United Youth Movement to the CRC --- 1938-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Material on organization of United Youth Movement --- 1938-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Calvinistic Youth Movement, paper, Richard Postma --- 1950Add to your cart.
Item 2: A History of the Calvinistic Youth Movement, paper, Doug Kamstra --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Material on International Conference on Reformed Youth Work --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Material re: Evangelical Youth Organization --- 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Youth Study Committee materials --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Material re: Establishment of a Christian Youth Center --- 1946-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Material re: "Youth Problems" --- 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: The Banner/De Wachter articles re: Young PeopleAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: YMS Literature Committee minutes and correspondence --- 1924-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Material re: founding of Reformed Young Men's FederationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Young Men's Society Federation material --- 1927, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Vital Issues," published by Federation of Reformed Young Men's Societies --- 1931, 1936, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Yearbooks of Federation of Reformed Young Men's Societies --- 1932, 1933, and 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Christian schools historical dataAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Material re: Christian Citizens' Committee --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Banner articles "Know Your Church" --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Article: “Labor and the Christian” --- 1956Add to your cart.
Item 2: Paper: “The Calvinist Youth Movement" --- 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 10: SpeechesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Material on the Boy Scouts --- 1946-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Articles by Richard Postma --- 1956, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 13: First Annual Social of Grand Rapids Christian High School Board of TrusteesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Material re: Christian War Veterans of AmericaAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Christian Social Action Committee materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Material re: Rehoboth Mission --- 1946Add to your cart.
Box 5: Diaries --- 1953-1969Add to your cart.
Series 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs: Richard Postma, wife, Young Men's Society, Grandville Ave. CRC --- 1920sAdd to your cart.

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],
[Series 2: Translations by Fred Greidanus, edited and reformatted by Gerrit Sheeres],
[Series 3: Correspondence and Other Materials],
[Series 4: Photographs],
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