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John Cornelius De Korne Collection

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Early Years in the Synodical Committee

Synodical Committee 1919-1920. China Mission field 1920-1934

The China Period

The China Period - Jukao

The China Period - Secret Society Studies

Wellsburg Period

Correspondence and notes

Sermon Outlines, Addresses, Ph.D. Thesis

Books



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John Cornelius De Korne Collection, 1910-1951 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: John Cornelius De Korne Collection, 1910-1951Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/056

Primary Creator: De Korne, John Cornelius (1888-1951)

Extent: 11.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Missionary Monthly, Missions - China

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church, Missionary to China, Director of Foreign Missions, Secretary of Missions, and editor of Missionary Monthly. The collection includes correspondence; speeches; newspaper articles; booklets; essays; sermons; notebook covering 1929-1938 baptisms, confessions of faith, membership listings, communion service dates, and funeral statistics; maps, liturgical forms, secret sects, and writings from China; 1923-1934 account book; scrapbook of working in China, Nigeria, and among the Navaho; and manuscripts entitled "The Fellowship of Goodness," "The Christian Approach to the Heart and Mind of China," and "Chinese Altars to an Unknown God." [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

The collection reveals a man actively involved in World Missions. From the time, he and Lee S. Huizenga were appointed by the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in 1918 to evaluate the mission fields of Sudan and/or China, until the end of his life, De Korne worked to advance the Gospel throughout the world.

John Cornelius was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 16, 1888. In 1908, he enrolled in Calvin College, after spending a brief period working in an office. He graduated in 1917. While at the seminary, he married Nettie M. Goudwaard in September 1914.

During WW I he was associated with the Army YMCA, 1918-1919, visiting Army camps providing spiritual support to the troops. When the Synod of 1920 approved the China field for mission work, De Korne became part of the staff in China. He remained a member of the China mission staff until 1934 when the work was terminated because of unrest in the Far East. From 1934-1939 he served the Second CRC of Wellsburg, Iowa. In 1939, he was appointed Director of Missions.

Books published include Chinese Altars to the Unknown God, To Whom I Now Send Thee; he edited Navajo and Zuni for Christ and wrote extensively in the Banner and Missionary Monthly.

His correspondence reveals contacts with missionaries and mission organizations within and outside of the Christian Reformed Church.

There are letters and minutes that unfold the tension between members of the staff in the China mission field. There were personality clashes and policy differences that prompted special meetings of the China Missions Board and special reports to the denominational board. Synodical decisions were necessary to resolve some differences.

De Korne, the scholar, studied at the Kennedy School of Missions where in 1934 he received a PhD. A dissertation on secret societies in China was never published but our collection includes his notes and a copy.

His colleagues described him as a true Christian gentleman—"efficient yet tender, determined yet gracious, gifted yet modest, distinguished and still most humble."

J. C. De Korne passed away at the age of sixty-three after suffering a series of heart attacks. His plans to preach an evening service on Sunday, December 9, 1951, did not take place.

Subject/Index Terms

Missionary Monthly
Missions - China

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 6.1 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of B. De Korne


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[Series 1: Early Years in the Synodical Committee, 1910-1919],
[Series 2: Synodical Committee 1919-1920. China Mission field 1920-1934],
[Series 3: The China Period, 1920-1935],
[Series 4: The China Period - Jukao],
[Series 5: The China Period - Secret Society Studies, 1917-1934],
[Series 6: Wellsburg Period, 1934-1939],
[Series 7: Correspondence and notes, 1938-1951],
[Series 8: Sermon Outlines, Addresses, Ph.D. Thesis, 1917-1935],
[Series 9: Books],
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Series 1: Early Years in the Synodical Committee --- 1910-1919Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Mission Class at Calvin, minutes --- 1910-1911Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Mission Study Class.  Constitution of Mission Society at Coldbrook Christian Reformed Church --- 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Mementos, programs --- 1911-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Debate:  church should have a hymnal --- 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Student papers --- 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Mission address --- 1913Add to your cart.
Item 2: Correspondence --- 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence and material while serving military personnel --- 1918-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Synodical Committee for Mission Extension in Sudan or China.  Progress reports and correspondence --- June - December 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Synodical Committee for Mission Extension.  Reports and correspondence --- January to April 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Synodical Committee for Mission Extension.  Reports and correspondence --- May to September 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Mission Contest responses --- 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Diploma, Kennedy School of Missions --- 1934Add to your cart.
Series 2: Synodical Committee 1919-1920. China Mission field 1920-1934Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Synodical Committee for Mission Extension, Reports and correspondence, --- October 1919 to December 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Synodical Committee for Mission Extension.  Reports and correspondence --- 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Call Letter from First Zeeland to be missionary to China --- August 23, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence and other material.  Hartford School of Missions and beginning of work in China --- 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Passport to Shanghai, China --- August 4, 1920; November 19, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 6: University of Nanking Department of Missionary Training.  Student Roster and class papers --- 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence --- 1922-1923Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence --- 1924-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence with First Zeeland Christian Reformed Church --- 1924-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence --- 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence --- 1928-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Circle Letters," No. 13-16 --- 1931-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence --- 1931-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence --- 1932-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Material on Sabbath Observance --- 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Various papers, including President Chiang Kai Shek's remarks to a group of missionaries --- December 2, 1931Add to your cart.
Series 3: The China Period --- 1920-1935Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Survey of religions and temples in ChinaAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Conference of Christian Reformed Missionaries in China: minute note book --- 1920-1923Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Evacuation from Nanking and Jukao --- March 1927Add to your cart.
Item 2: Banner and De Wachter clippings on China Missions (by Selles, Kamps, DeVries, Pousma, and De Korne) --- 1927-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Conference of Christian Reformed Missionaries in China.  Minutes (incomplete) --- February 1928 to December 4, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dr. L. S. Huizenga: Minutes of special meeting with notes and diary --- February 1927-May 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Reports to Classis Zeeland --- November 5, 1920 - January 1, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Reports to Executive Committee of Christian Reformed Board of Missions --- January 1930-April 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Executive Committee of Christian Reformed Board minutes --- May 1933-March 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Financial Records of Mission in China (notebooks) --- 1923-1933Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence with Kennedy School of Missions (Hartford Seminary Foundation) --- 1920-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Divisions of literature in China - ChineseAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Tung Shan She - book translationAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Wen Tao Chih Nan - book translation --- 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Christian Approach to the Mind and Heart of China, paper --- February 27, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Buddhism: articles and notes --- 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Confucianism: articles and notes --- 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Chinese philosophy lecture notes --- 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Chinese religions, class notes and correspondence of Professor Lewis HodousAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Chinese Altars to an Unknown God, pre-publication copies of bookAdd to your cart.
Series 4: The China Period - JukaoAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Educational divisions - ChineseAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Geography and history - Chinese and EnglishAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Government organizations material - ChineseAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Liturgical forms - ChineseAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Maps and material on maps --- 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Maps of ChinaAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: China Mission field map of Kiangsu ProvinceAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Chinese newspapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Survey Committee --- 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Shuangten work: Reports and papers - ChineseAdd to your cart.
Series 5: The China Period - Secret Society Studies --- 1917-1934Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Chinese Secret Societies - Tracts (mostly in Chinese) --- 1917-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Chinese Secret Societies - Data --- 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Chinese Secret Societies - Newspaper clippings --- 1927-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Chinese Secret Societies - Notes on Minor Societies --- 1928-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Reports on Chinese Secret Societies - Chinese and English --- 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Chinese Secret Societies - Classification notes, etc. --- 1933-Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Research on Chinese Secret Societies, post-grad --- 1934Add to your cart.
Series 6: Wellsburg Period --- 1934-1939Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Record book: baptisms, professions of faith, etc. --- 1934-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Discussion group topics --- 1934-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Protest of J. J. De Boer vs. Classis Illinois --- 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Seventh Day Adventism material --- 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Men's Volunteer Club questions for Bible study --- April 1936 - October 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Christian Reformed Youth Bible Conferences --- 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Wezeman Case committee reports.  J. C. D. K. a member --- 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Wezeman Case material for Synod --- 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence and notes --- 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence and notes --- 1937Add to your cart.
Series 7: Correspondence and notes --- 1938-1951Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence and notes --- 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence and notes --- 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence and notes --- 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence and notes --- 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence with/from Executive Committee of Foreign Missions Presbyterian Church in US --- 1942-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence and notes --- 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence and notes --- 1946-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence with Evangelical Foreign Mission Association of N. A. E. --- 1948-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Old Testament: Numbers - Song of SongsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Old Testament: Psalms - NahumAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: New Testament: Matthew - LukeAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: New Testament: John - ActsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: New Testament: Romans - TitusAdd to your cart.
Series 8: Sermon Outlines, Addresses, Ph.D. Thesis --- 1917-1935Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New Testament: Hebrews - RevelationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Catechism Sermons: outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Funeral Addresses, notes --- 1917-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Addresses, notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Tract, The Bible and Seventh Day AdventismAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Psalter, signedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: PhD Thesis: The Fellowship of Goodness, bound copy --- 1934Add to your cart.
Series 9: BooksAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: V. 1:  MacGillivray's Mandarin-Romanized Dictionary of Chinese, 6th edition --- 1992Add to your cart.
Item 2: V. 2: Scrapbook of work in China, Nigeria and among the NavahoAdd to your cart.

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[Series 1: Early Years in the Synodical Committee, 1910-1919],
[Series 2: Synodical Committee 1919-1920. China Mission field 1920-1934],
[Series 3: The China Period, 1920-1935],
[Series 4: The China Period - Jukao],
[Series 5: The China Period - Secret Society Studies, 1917-1934],
[Series 6: Wellsburg Period, 1934-1939],
[Series 7: Correspondence and notes, 1938-1951],
[Series 8: Sermon Outlines, Addresses, Ph.D. Thesis, 1917-1935],
[Series 9: Books],
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