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Peter (1908-1979) De Boer Collection



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Peter (1908-1979) De Boer Collection, 1929-1960 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Richard Harms, May 2000

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Title: Peter (1908-1979) De Boer Collection, 1929-1960

ID: COLL/366

Primary Creator: De Boer, Peter (1908-1979) (1908-1979)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

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Details (1929-1960) episodes from the ministerial career of De Boer including papers he wrote about biblical studies and Reformed doctrine and the studies of the Belgic Confession.  Notable are the documents, including some court proceedings, of a group (the socalled "De Wolf group") of congregations and ministers who began to differ with the Protestant Reformed Church in 1953 and joined the Christian Reformed Church in North America in 1960.

Biographical Note

Peter De Boer (b. 3/10/1908, Grand Rapids, MI; d. 5/21/1979, Edgerton, MN) was a graduate of Hope College (Holland, MI), and the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI).  Ordained in 1932, he served Protestant Reformed Church congregations in South Holland, IL, 1932-1938; Holland, MI, 1938-1943; Redlands, CA, 1943-1948; Edgerton, MN, 1948-1960, and was part of that denomination which joined the Christian Reformed Church in 1960.  In the latter denomination he served congregations in Sioux Falls, SD, 1960-1970; Dorr, MI, 1970-1973, retiring in 1973. Although an active parish minister, De Boer authored a number of catechisms and Bible studies for various age groups.  He served as the editor of Concordia, 1948-1953.

A native of Grand Rapids, MI, De Boer married Gertrude Vermeer (1908-1983), also from Grand Rapids, in 1930.  They had seven children-Pierson, Elizabeth Ann (Fey, Vanden Berg), Henry, Joan (Pool), Melvin, Alyce (Ten Cate), and Gladys (Vander Pol).

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Boxes

Acquisition Source: De Boer, Peter

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[Series 1: Papers and Documents, 1929-1960],

Series 1: Papers and Documents --- 1929-1960
Box 1
Folder 1: Documents relating to his rejoining the Christian Reformed Church --- 1959-1960
Folder 2: Overture to Protestant Reformed Classis re: Reuniting with the Christian Reformed Church --- 1959
Folder 3: Court decrees - De Wolf vs. Hoeksema --- 1956-1963
Folder 4: Papers: Meaning of the Fall in "Paradise Lost" and Resume of Scotch Confession of Faith and Resume of 3 Contemporary American Philosophies --- 1929-1943
Folder 5: Paper: Eene Verhandeling van Het Boek Colossenzen --- 1932
Folder 6: Papers: Covenant Mother's Place in Rearing Children Perry's Opening of Japan --- 1943
Folder 7: Paper: Een Vergelijkende Studie van het Woord Offerre in Calvijn En de Calvinistische Confessies
Folder 8: Funeral Service --- 1944
Folder 9: Belgic Confession lessons

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