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Title: Clarence Boomsma Collection, 1947-2005Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/500

Primary Creator: Boomsma, Clarence (1917-2007)

Extent: 1.97 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2003


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes memoirs; letters of call; correspondence; articles; speeches; sermons; family materials; news clippings; photographs; materials detailing ecumenical matters, i.e., Christian Reformed Church Interchurch Relations Committee, especially with the Reformed Churches in South Africa; Synodical Reports on Homosexuality; Synodical Reports on Women in Office; and ministerial matters. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Clarence Boomsma was born in Hammond, IN on March 9, 1917. Boomsma attended Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He earned his Th.B. in 1943. He also pursued graduate work from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and New College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Boomsma received his first call to service from Imlay City, MI which he served until 1948. Boomsma went on to Calvin CRC in Grand Rapids, MI. He served the Calvin congregation until his retirement in 1983.

Rev. Boomsma devoted a lot of time and energy into the CRC denomination. He served as a delegate to the Synod eight times, and four times as its president. He also was heavily involved in the Christian Reformed Interchurch Relations Committee as its secretary for many years. In this capacity he was able to significantly improve the contact between the CRC and the post-apartheid South African churches. He also served many years as the convener of the Reformed Ecumenical Synod and served on the Board of Publications.

Clarence Boomsma passed away on May 28, 2007. He was ninety. He was survived by his wife, Shirley Balk, their 3 children, and grandchildren.

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Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 Boxes

Acquisition Source: s:  Clarence Boomsma, 2003, 2006; Shirley Boomsma, 2008

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Series 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 23: Family photographs --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Photographs of trip to South Africa --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs of trip to Geneva for Reformed Ecumenical Synod Interim Committee meeting --- 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Photographs of trip to Zimbabwe for Reformed Ecumenical Synod --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Photographs of trip to South Africa, Switzerland, and France --- 1986Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Photo album dedicated to C. Boomsma from Korean Presbyterian Churches --- undatedAdd to your cart.

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