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William Heyns Collection



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Mimeographed Manuscripts

Address, Business Affairs

Correspondence, Sermons

Sermonic Material, Varia

Bound Manuscripts

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William Heyns Collection, 1856-1947 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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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

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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],

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

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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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