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William Hendricks Collection, 1961-1987

Collection Overview

Title: William Hendricks Collection, 1961-1987

ID: COLL/448

Creator: Hendricks, William (1923-2000)

Extent: 1.65 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Professor of education, teaching principal, and author. The collection includes correspondence, handwriting curriculums, syllabus, manuals, research, programs, textbooks, and posters.

Biographical Note

William C.  Hendricks was born in Lynden, Washington on August 27, 1923.  Hendricks' path to teaching was thrust upon at the age 23. He was on leave from the Army, in his hometown of Lynden when the Ebenezer Christian School Board convinced Hendricks to become their teaching principal for grades fifth through eighth. With only a high school education, Hendricks enrolled at Western Washington State College for their summer school course in preparation for teaching 39 pupils. Fourteen summers sessions later resulted in him earning his B.A. degree, a Master's degree, and a certification both as an administrator and as a kindergarten-through-12 grade teacher.

Hendricks taught at Ebenezer Christian School as teaching principal from 1946 until 1956. He went on to teach at Lynden Christian School, once again as teaching principal from 1956 until 1963. In 1963 Hendricks was offered a faculty position at Calvin College in which he accepted.  His held the positions of Student Teacher Supervisor and Coordinator of Elementary Teacher Education Program. He developed the "green book", a counseling manual, which assisted students and faculty advisors to navigate the relationship of Calvin's courses to the requirements of the Michigan State Code.  Hendricks also wrote instructional books that would be used by many Christian schools. A civics book, Under God, and a book written with a Christian view of the human body, titled God's Temples are two of Hendricks' most revered books. He also wrote numerous other books, handbooks, and articles with a focus on Christian education.

Outside the classroom, Hendricks was still active as a member of various committees. He was an invested member of the Policy Committee of Christian Schools International. He would give speeches and workshops for Christian school teachers across America and Canada. Even after he retired in 1985 he continued to serve as the Curriculum Coordinator, CSI District #7 until 1990.

On a personal level, Hendricks was a lifetime member of the Christian Reformed Church. He served as an elder and as a delegate from Classis Pacific Northwest on the CRC Board of Publications. Hendricks married Marty Van Dalfsen, and together they had three children. Once retired, the Hendricks moved back to Lynden, Washington. William C. Hendricks passed away on October 24, 2000.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence --- 1987
Folder 2: Handwriting Curriculums in Public Schools --- 1961, 1963
Folder 3: Handwriting Curriculums in Public Schools --- 1962
Folder 4: Penmanship Syllabus and Manual for Holland Christian Schools
Folder 5: History of Writing
Folder 6: Handwriting research --- 1961, 1983-1985
Folder 7: Penmanship Program at North Edmonton Christian School --- 1978
Folder 8: Handwriting Instruction material
Folder 9: Textbook, Under God, written for National Union of Christian Schools --- 1963
Box 2
Folder 1: Christmas program materials (galley proofs) pages 1-73 --- 1978
Folder 2: Christmas program materials (galley proofs) pages 74-168 --- 1978
Folder 3: Teachers handbook, Values, by Hendricks --- 1984
Folder 4: Copies of textbook, God's Temples, by Hendricks --- 1972
Folder 5: Curriculum guide, Toward Christian Maturity, by Hendricks --- 1981
Box 3
Folder 1
Item 1: “Teaching of Handwriting with William Hendricks,” VHS --- 1985
Item 2: "Handwriting Course,” filmstrip
Oversized Folder 2
Item 1: Eight (8) handwriting posters