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William Kuipers Collection, 1907-2003

Collection Overview

Title: William Kuipers Collection, 1907-2003

ID: COLL/463

Creator: Kuipers, William (1884-1933)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes personal correspondence with Emma Batts; letters of call; and materials regarding text authorship of "By the Sea of Crystal" and "Calvin College Song."

Biographical Note

William Kuipers was born in Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands on December 2, 1884. After Kuipers' father died, his mother brought their family to the United States and settled in Rochester, New York in 1892. Kuiper attended the Preparatory School of Calvin College and then in 1914 graduated from the Calvin Theological Seminary. His first call came from Second CRC in Fremont, Michigan. He served the church from 1914 to 1919. The other churches he served were Oakland, MI (1919-23); Dennis Av., Grand Rapids, MI (1923-27), and Summer St. Passaic, NJ (1927-1933).  At the age of 50, Rev. Kuipers passed away due to heart disease. He was survived by his wife, Emma (Batts), and their five children. Rev. Kuiper was known for his loyalty to the Reformed faith and his poetry.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence with Emma Batts --- 1907
Folder 2: Correspondence with Emma Batts --- 1908
Folder 3: Correspondence with Emma Batts --- 1909
Folder 4: Correspondence with Emma Batts --- 1910
Folder 5: Correspondence with Emma Batts --- 1911
Folder 6: Correspondence with Emma Batts Kuipers --- 1912
Folder 7: Letters of Call --- 1914-1927
Folder 8: Notes related to differences between Rev. Kuipers and a parishioner
Folder 9: Material, re: lyrics written by Rev. Kuipers: "By the Sea of Crystal," "Calvin College Song," and "Pilgrim's Prayer" --- 1932-2003
see William Eerdman's collection 249 for sheet music written by Kuipers, "Calvin College Song"
Folder 10: Kuipers coat of arms
Folder 11
Item 1: Sermon --- [undated]
Item 2: order of worship at family reunion --- 1980
Folder 12: Biography --- [undated]