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Roelof Diephuis Collection, 1865-1937

Collection Overview

Title: Roelof Diephuis Collection, 1865-1937

ID: COLL/444

Creator: Diephuis, Roelof (1871-1945)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes seminary course notes, copies of marriage certificates, correspondence in Dutch, letters of call, and an autobiography.

Biographical Note

Roelof Diephuis was born in Putten, Gelderland, the Netherlands on August 12, 1871. In 1887 Diephuis and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Wortendyke, New Jersey. Like his father, Diephuis wanted to pursue a career in ministry. He attended Hope College, and then studied at Calvin Theological Seminary. He graduated from the Seminary in 1900. On October 31, 1900, Diephuis was ordained in Lodi, New Jersey. He served the Lodi congregation until 1903. He went on to serve the churches of Oakland, MI (1903-08); Harderwyk, MI (1908-11); Second, Kalamazoo, MI (1911-19); Alto, WI, (1919-25); and Goshen, IN (1925-36). Rev. Diephuis retired from active ministry in 1936.

After retirement, Diephuis moved back to Grand Rapids to spend his remaining days. He joined the First Church of Grand Rapids. Just days after celebrating his 74th birthday, he passed away.  He died due to an illness on August 15, 1945.  He was  survived by his wife , Fanny VandenBerg, their 9 children, and 13 grandchildren.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Copies of Marriage Certificates (performed by Diephuis) --- 1906-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Copies of Marriage Certificates (performed by Diephuis) --- 1905-1923Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Autobiography --- 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Dutch correspondence --- 1883-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters of Call, etc. --- 1865-1889Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermon on the Lord's PrayerAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-9: Seminary course notes --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1-5: Seminary course notes --- undatedAdd to your cart.