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William Heyns Collection



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Address, Business Affairs

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Collection Overview

Title: William Heyns Collection, 1856-1947

ID: COLL/104

Primary Creator: Heyns, William (1856-1933)

Extent: 10.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Adopted children - Religious life, Baptism, Beets, Henry, 1869-1947, Bennink, B. J. (Bernard John), 1864-, Berkhof, Gerrit, 1865-1894, Bible. Old Testament - Textbooks, Bouwman, H., Brink, Abel J., 1865-1930, Christian Reformed Church - Government, Fles, John Isaac, 1842-1921, Huizenga, Lee S. (Lee Sjoerds), 1881-1945, Janssen, R. (Ralph), 1874-, Jong, Y. P. de (Ymen Peter), 1876-1958, Liturgics - History, Ten Hoor, Foppe M., 1855-1934, Theology, Doctrinal - Study and teaching (Higher)

Forms of Material: Sermons


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church, and professor of practical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. The collection includes sermons, class lecture notes, family records, and correspondence (correspondents include H. Beets, B. J. Bennink, G. Berkhof, H. Bouwman, A. J. Brink, Y. P. De Jong, J. I. Fles, L. Huizenga, F. M. Ten Hoor, and Geerhardus Vos).

Biographical Note

William Heyns was born in Haarlemmermeer March 18, 1856.  His parents had settled on a farm in the Haarlemmermeer polder soon after that area of Haarlem "Lake" was changed from a polder into a fruitful agricultural area.  When the young man was needed on the farm, his educational program ended.  However, the farm labor ended after three or four years and he was able to continue his education. He prepared for a teaching career at the Normal School at Amstelveen.  After a few months of study, he was called to military service in Hertegenbosch.  This was also a service of brief duration because he was released from military duty when the classis to which he belonged offered financial help to him to pursue study at the Kampen Theological School where he was a student until June 1881.

Again, William's education was temporarily disrupted when his parents moved to America.  After the death of his father, he was able to continue his studies at the Theological School in Grand Rapids.  His theological training at the Theological School began December 1882 and in June of 1883, he obtained a diploma.

He served in the following congregations: Allendale, Michigan, 1885; Harrison, South Dakota, 1891; Prinsburg, Minnesota, 1898; First Chicago, Illinois, 1900.  He became professor of practical theology in 1902.  During his tenure, William Heyns wrote a number of textbooks.  Most of them were mimeographed manuscripts.

When he served as associate editor of the "Gereformeerd Amerikaan," he wrote regularly on church government.

William Heyns was known as one of the hardest working men in his profession and he diligently served the church.

This kingdom worker died at the age of 77 on November 9, 1933. His wife, née Tien, preceded him in death in 1928.

Subject/Index Terms

Adopted children - Religious life
Beets, Henry, 1869-1947
Bennink, B. J. (Bernard John), 1864-
Berkhof, Gerrit, 1865-1894
Bible. Old Testament - Textbooks
Bouwman, H.
Brink, Abel J., 1865-1930
Christian Reformed Church - Government
Fles, John Isaac, 1842-1921
Huizenga, Lee S. (Lee Sjoerds), 1881-1945
Janssen, R. (Ralph), 1874-
Jong, Y. P. de (Ymen Peter), 1876-1958
Liturgics - History
Ten Hoor, Foppe M., 1855-1934
Theology, Doctrinal - Study and teaching (Higher)

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 5.0 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of the W.W. Heyns family

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Mimeographed Manuscripts, 1907-1923],
[Series 2: Address, Business Affairs, 1856-1947],
[Series 3: Correspondence, Sermons, 1881-1929],
[Series 4: Sermonic Material, Varia, 1902-1926],
[Series 5: Bound Manuscripts],

Series 1: Mimeographed Manuscripts --- 1907-1923
Box 1
Item 1: Bible History, New Testament --- 1912-1913
Item 2: Bible History, Nieuw Testamentische Geschiedenis, (Eerste Deel)
Item 3: Bible History, Nieuw Testamentische Geschiedenis, (Tweede Deel)
Item 4: Bible History, Oud Testament Historia Sacra
Item 5: Bible History, Bijbelsche Geschiedenis, Complete
Item 6: Catechetiek --- 1907
Box 2
Item 1: Geschiedenis Van Den Dienst Des Woords --- 1919
Item 2: Hermeneutics
Item 3: Homiletiek (Historisch Deel) --- 1907
Item 4: Homiletiek (Theoretisch Deel) --- 1910
Item 5: Gereformeerd Kerkrecht on Gereformeerde Kybernetiek [with Addenda] --- 1922
Box 3
Item 1: Kybernetiek voor de Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Amerika
Item 2: Kybernetiek
Item 3: Een Handboek voor de Kerkregeering --- 1910
Item 4: Poimeniek --- 1908
Box 4
Folder 1: Poimentiek --- 1923
Folder 2: Reformed Doctrine for the Literary Classes of the Theological School --- 1912-1913
Folder 3: Reformed Doctrine for the Preparatory School and College classes --- 1916
Folder 4: Ver handelingen over het Genade-Verbond --- 1914
Folder 5: Genade Verbonde, two handwritten notebooks in folder
Folder 6: Wenken ter Bevordering van Bijbelkennis
Series 2: Address, Business Affairs --- 1856-1947
Box 5
Folder 1: Address, Het Voorspel Van Het Heldenfest Van 1572 --- 1902
Folder 2: Baptism of adopted children, report --- 1910-1931
Folder 3: Book lists --- undated
Folder 4: Business affairs: bank books --- 1898-1947
Folder 5: Business affairs: bills, records --- 1900-1940
Folder 6: Business affairs: property documents --- 1856-1940
Folder 7: Business affairs: estate material --- 1933-1937
Folder 8: Business affairs: final reports on estate --- 1935-1940
Folder 9: Business affairs: notes, stocks --- 1914-1939
Folder 10: Business affairs: tax records --- 1918-1932
Folder 11: "Church Polity," drafts for proposed revisions --- 1912
Series 3: Correspondence, Sermons --- 1881-1929
Box 6
Folder 1: Correspondence, book purchases
Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1881-1899
Folder 3: Correspondence, mother --- 1881-1890
Folder 4: Correspondence, illness and death of Brother Herbert --- 1899
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1900-1901
Folder 6: Correspondence, call letters --- 1885-1908
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 1902
Folder 8: Correspondence --- 1903-1916
Folder 9: Correspondence, differences Heyns and R. Janssen --- 1916-1919
Folder 10: Correspondence --- 1917-1926
Folder 11: Correspondence --- 1928
Folder 12: Correspondence --- 1929
Folder 13: Correspondence --- undated
Folder 14: Geelkerken, J. G., press clipping
Folder 15: Rectoral reports and addresses, article in The Witness
Folder 16: Sermons on the Old Testament
Folder 17: Sermons on Matthew
Series 4: Sermonic Material, Varia --- 1902-1926
Box 7
Folder 1: Sermons on Mark and Luke
Folder 2: Sermons on John through Corinthians
Folder 3: Sermons on Galatians through Titus
Folder 4: Sermons on Hebrews through Revelations
Folder 5: Sermon outlines --- 1902-1926
Folder 6: Preaching record, Forms of Unity
Folder 7: Varia: N.T. exegesis, De openbaring Van Johannes, mimeographed notes
Folder 8: Varia: pen etchings
Folder 9: Varia: reformed doctrine, means of grace, mimeographed notes
Folder 10: Varia: derkelijke vergadering, mimeographed notes
Series 5: Bound Manuscripts
Box 8
Item 1: Catechetiek.  Dictaat voor de Theologische School der Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk
Item 2: Gereformeerd Kerkrecht en Gereformeerd Kybernetiek --- 1922
Box 9
Item 1: Homiletiek --- [undated]
Item 2: Homiletiek.  Dictaat voor de Theologische School der Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken --- 1908
Item 3: Homiletiek (Theoretisch Deel) --- 1910
Box 10
Item 1: Homiletiek of Theorie van de Bediening des Woords in de Vergadering der Geloovigen
Item 2: Kybernetiek voor de Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk, one volume, Henry Beet's copy

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[Series 1: Mimeographed Manuscripts, 1907-1923],
[Series 2: Address, Business Affairs, 1856-1947],
[Series 3: Correspondence, Sermons, 1881-1929],
[Series 4: Sermonic Material, Varia, 1902-1926],
[Series 5: Bound Manuscripts],

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