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Cora Helen Roelofs Verbrugge Collection

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The Life of a Dutch American, George Roelofs

Correspondence

Family Members' Information

Research Material

Photographs, People

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Collection Overview

Title: Cora Helen Roelofs Verbrugge Collection, 1872-2000

ID: COLL/528

Primary Creator: Cora Helen Roelofs Verbrugge (1918 - 2002)

Extent: 32.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Family historian and genealogist. The collection includes the supporting material of the book, The Life of a Dutch American: George Roelofs, i.e., drafts, photographs, letters, and photocopy images of photographs, plus correspondence, family member information, and research material.

[Note:  see also Heritage Hall books The Life of a Dutch American: George Roelofs, 1853-1919, of Zwolle, the Netherlands, and Grand Rapids, Michigan: His Ancestry, Life, and Descendants with Photographs, Maps, and Genealogical Charts by Cora Helen Roelofs Verbrugge (CT274 .R635 V47 1994) and Brieven uit het Verleden:  Samenstelling en Redactie door Frank Verbrugge (Letters from the Past: Compiled and Edited by Frank Verbrugge) (CT274 .V47 B75 1981). See also Frank Verbrugge. Papers – collection 529]

Biographical Note

Cora Helen Tromp Roelofs (11 Jan 1918 - 09 Jan 2002) was born in Grand Rapids to George (nee Gerrit) Roelofs (1853-1919) and Nellie Tromp (1878-1939). He was a real estate dealer, insurance agent, and editor/publisher of Een Stem des Volks, who had emigrated in 1875.  He and his first wife, Mary Dijkema (1857-1912), had five children.  In 1913 he and Nellie Tromp married and they had two children, Robert (1914-1985) and Nellie.  After George’s death, Nellie married Theodore (nee Tiddo) Wolthorn (1880-1972), whose first wife, Wilhelmina Johnson (1883-1918), had also died.

Cora graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School in 1936 and attended Calvin College, there meeting Frank Verbrugge (1913-1985).  The two married in 1940 and in 1946 settled in Northfield, Minnesota, where Frank served on the faculty of Carelton College. In 1956, the family moved to St. Paul when Frank joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota. After helping her husband with his family’s history, Wither Thou Goest: The Life and Story of Jacobus and Maria Verbrugge in Minnesota, she began collecting material about and writing the history of her family, The Life of a Dutch American, George Roelofs, which she finished after Frank died. Frank and Cora had four children—Anne Louise (married Tomas Hughes Martin), Lois Marie (married Elmer Grant Gilbert), Robert Roelofs (married Noreen Elizabeth Hughes), and Martha Helen Verbrugge.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: The Life of a Dutch American, George Roelofs],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Family Members' Information],
[Series 4: Research Material],
[Series 5: Photographs, People],
[Series 6: Slides, 1950-1986],
[All]

Series 5: Photographs, People
Box 19
Folder 1: Bonnet, Lenore
Folder 2: Dykema: Cornelia, Cornelius, Henrietta
Folder 3: Dykema, Mary
Folder 4: Glazer, Johanna
Folder 5: Griffioen: Jantje, Marinus
Folder 6: Leduc, no first name
Folder 7: LeLoux: Jan B. P., Maria J.
Folder 8: Michels, Catherine
Folder 9: Mollenkamp, Treuw
Folder 10: Notting, Henrietta; Dykema, Cornelius
Folder 11: Ornee, Elizabeth
Folder 12: Ravenhorst: Arie, Marie
Folder 13: Roelofs: Ebertha, Helen, Irene
Folder 14: Roelofs, Egbert
Folder 15: Roelofs, Flora
Folder 16: Roelofs, George
Folder 17: Roelofs: Henrietta, Flora
Folder 18: Reolofs, Irene, Henrietta
Folder 19: Roelofs family: Cora, Ebertha, Flora, George, Henrietta, Howard, Irene, Mary, Robert
Folder 20: Scheepmacher, Jaantje
Folder 21: Segers, Aagje
Folder 22: Scholten, Frans
Folder 23: Tromp: Anna, Charles, Cornelius, Fannie, Franciscus J., Frank T., Gladys, Govert C., Jean B. John, Mary, Robert, Robert H. C., Robert H. C. Jr., Robertus, Rosa, Tena
Folder 24: Van Diepeningen: Dirkje, Mina, Martine, Neeltje
Folder 25: Van Emmerick, Aagje
Folder 26: Van Zetten, Alexander
Folder 27: Visse, Maria
Folder 28: Wolthorn: Cora, Henry, Nellie, Robert, Sarah, Theodore, Wilbur
Box 20
Folder 1: Unidentified people
Folder 2: Canal Street, Grand Rapids, MI
Folder 3: Lisse, Netherlands
Folder 4: Little Portion Friary, Mt. Sinai, NY
Folder 5: Macatawa Park, MI
Folder 6: Middleburg, Netherlands
Folder 7: Roelofs house, Grand Rapids, MI
Folder 8: Tombstones: Roelofs, Tromp, Nieuwenhuis, Wolthorn
Folder 9: Vreeland, Netherlands
Folder 10: Zwolle, Netherlands
Folder 11: SS Adriatic (ship of the White Star Line)
Folder 12: Roelofs, Cora: high school graduation --- 1936
Folder 13: Verbrugge, Frank; Roelofs, Cora --- 1946
Folder 14: Verbrugge, Cora --- 1990
Folder 15: Roelofs family photos
Folder 16: Tromp, R. H. C --- 1881, 1905
Folder 17: Leloux, F., and Sonne, N., album
Folder 18: Family Christmas pictures, CDs
Folder 21
Item 1: Family photo albums --- 1940s-1955
Item 2: Faculty Women's Club Records --- 1968-1970
Folder 22: Family photo albums --- 1941-1955
Folder 23: Family photo albums --- 1956-1970
Folder 24: Family photo albums --- 1977-1984
Folder 25: Family photo albums --- 1991-1994
Folder 26: Family photo albums --- 1995-2001
Folder 27: Family photo albums of Netherlands trips
Folder 28: Scrapbooks --- 1918-1940
Folder 29: Scrapbooks --- 1940-1948
Folder 30: Family photo albums --- 1918-1940, 1932-1946, 1971-1976
Folder 31: Family photo albums --- 1985-1990
Item 1: Maps of city of Grand Rapids, Michigan --- 1899
Item 2: Copies of "Een Stem Des Volks" --- undated
Box 21
Item 1: Family Photo Album --- 1913-1988
Item 2: Faculty Women's Club Records --- 1968-1970
Box 22
Item 1: Photo Album: Helen and Frank Verbrugge --- 1941-1945
Item 2: Photo Album: Helen and Frank Verbrugge --- 1946-1950
Item 3: Photo Album: Helen and Frank Verbrugge --- 1951-1955
Box 23
Item 1: Photo Album: Helen and Frank Verbrugge --- 1956-1960
Item 2: Photo Album: Helen and Frank Verbrugge --- 1961-1965
Item 3: Photo Album: Helen and Frank Verbrugge --- 1966-1970
Box 24
Item 1: Family Photo Album --- 1977-1982
Item 2: Family Photo Album --- 1983-1984
Box 25
Item 1: Family Photo Album --- 1991-1992
Item 2: Family Photo Album --- 1993-1994
Box 26
Item 1: Family Photo Album --- 1995-1997
Item 2: Family Photo Album --- 1998-2001
Box 27
Item 1: Photo Album: Anniversary Party and Trip to the Netherlands --- c. 1993
Box 28
Item 1: Scrapbook I Memoirs --- Jan 1918-Jun 1936
Item 2: Scrapbook II Memoirs --- Jun 1936-Aug 1938
Item 3: Scrapbook III Memoirs --- Sep 1938-Dec 1940
Box 29
Item 1: Scrapbook IV Memoirs --- Dec 1940-Apr 1943
Item 2: Scrapbook V Memoirs --- Mar 1943- Feb 1946
Item 3: Scrapbook VI Memoirs --- Feb 1946-Jan 1948
Box 30
Item 1: Scrapbook of Dutch Relatives --- 1932-1946
Item 2: Roelofs Family Album --- 1918-1940
Item 3: Family Photo Album --- 1971-1976
Box 31
Item 1: Family Photo Album --- 1985-1987
Item 2: Family Photo Album --- 1988-1990
Item 3: Photo Album --- 1989-2002

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: The Life of a Dutch American, George Roelofs],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Family Members' Information],
[Series 4: Research Material],
[Series 5: Photographs, People],
[Series 6: Slides, 1950-1986],
[All]


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