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Henry De Wit Collection

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Abstract

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Long-Range Planning

Construction Contracts

Correspondence

College Center Material

Auditorium and Library Buildings

Library and Commons

Commons and Library Addition

Library Addition, Auditorium, and Commons

Physical Education Building

Calvin College Drives, Natatorium

Auditorium and Commons

East Beltline, Drives and Parking

Science Building Material

Science and Seminary Buildings

Seminary Building

Residences

Residences and Dining Facilities

Residence Halls Nos. 1-6

Residence Housing

Miscellaneous



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Collection Overview

Title: Henry De Wit Collection, 1956-1986

ID: COLL/070

Primary Creator: De Wit, Henry (1922-1992)

Extent: 22.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Calvin College - Administration, Calvin College - Buildings, Calvin College - Employees, Calvin College - Planning, Calvin Theological Seminary - Administration, Calvin Theological Seminary - Buildings, Calvin Theological Seminary - Employees, Calvin Theological Seminary - Planning

Abstract

Vice President for Administration and Finance and professor of economics at Calvin College. The collection includes extensive files regarding the planning and building of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary at the Knollcrest Campus, i.e., construction contracts, schedules, projected costs, plans, studies, reports, notes, memos, and the correspondence pertinent to the following buildings: auditorium, library, commons, physical education building, natatorium, science building, seminary residence halls, and dining facilities; a 1960 paper entitled "Campus Planning: A Case Study," prepared for the Conference on the Planning and Utilization of Instructional Facilities; a three-volume collection entitled "A Sampling of Memos to the Calvin Staff from Henry De Wit"; several poems detailing special occasions at Calvin College; travel comments; and random remembrances. [See also C1.2.26 Long Range Planning; C4 Administration and Finance; and Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Henry De Wit was born in Rock Valley, Iowa on November 17, 1922. De Wit enrolled at Calvin College in 1941, only for World War II to take him out academia for three years. After his service as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Finance Department, he returned to Calvin earning his bachelor’s degree in 1948. The next year, he received his MBA degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. During this time, he also married Clarice Dekker. Together they had 3 children. After graduation, De Wit worked as a staff accountant with Lawrence Scudder and Company for five years.

In 1953, De Wit accepted a faculty position at Calvin College, becoming a professor of economics. Only two years later, the college extended another job offer to De Wit. Reluctant at first, De Wit eventually accepted positions of Business Manager and Vice President for Business and Finance for Calvin, a career path he took until his retirement in 1987. In the meantime, De Wit was instrumental in the transition of the college’s campus from Franklin Street campus to the Knollcrest location. He was a key player in the negotiation in the purchase of Knollcrest Farm. De Wit was also the direct contact with Calvin College’s campus architect William Fyfe.

De Wit’s wife, Clarice, pasted away in 1970. De Wit met his second wife, Eunice Zuiderveen, while she was a host of the Manor House at Knollcrest. This very manor that would eventually bear his name. De Wit received the prestigious Outstanding Service Award from the Calvin College Alumni Association in 1990. Henry De Wit passed away on July 21, 1992.

Subject/Index Terms

Calvin College - Administration
Calvin College - Buildings
Calvin College - Employees
Calvin College - Planning
Calvin Theological Seminary - Administration
Calvin Theological Seminary - Buildings
Calvin Theological Seminary - Employees
Calvin Theological Seminary - Planning

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 10.75 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of H. and E. De Wit


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Long-Range Planning, 1957-1974],
[Series 2: Construction Contracts, 1956-1974],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1956-1974],
[Series 4: College Center Material, 1965-1975],
[Series 5: Auditorium and Library Buildings, 1958-1970],
[Series 6: Library and Commons, 1960-1967],
[Series 7: Commons and Library Addition, 1964-1974],
[Series 8: Library Addition, Auditorium, and Commons, 1965-1971],
[Series 9: Physical Education Building, 1960-1975],
[Series 10: Calvin College Drives, Natatorium, 1963-1975],
[Series 11: Auditorium and Commons, 1963-1969],
[Series 12: East Beltline, Drives and Parking, 1959-1974],
[Series 13: Science Building Material, 1965-1969],
[Series 14: Science and Seminary Buildings, 1956-1972],
[Series 15: Seminary Building, 1959-1975],
[Series 16: Residences, 1959-1967],
[Series 17: Residences and Dining Facilities, 1957-1973],
[Series 18: Residence Halls Nos. 1-6, 1962-1970],
[Series 19: Residence Housing, 1959-1977],
[Series 20: Miscellaneous, 1959-1990],
[All]

Series 1: Long-Range Planning --- 1957-1974
Box 1
Folder 1: Calvin College master plans --- 1957-1959
Folder 2: Blueprint of Calvin's future --- 1960
Folder 3: Long-Range Planning Committee --- 1957-1968
Folder 4: Long-Range Planning Committee --- 1969-1974
Folder 5: Inter-office memorandum conference --- 1957-1962
Folder 6: Conference memorandum --- 1957-1963
Folder 7: Long-Range Planning material --- 1960-1964
Folder 8: Conference memorandum, master plan changes --- 1966-1967
Folder 9: Long-Range Planning material --- 1964-1966
Folder 10: Long-Range Planning, college bookstore --- 1965
Series 2: Construction Contracts --- 1956-1974
Box 2
Folder 1: Soil testing results --- 1956-1957
Folder 2: Conference memorandum --- 1968-1973
Folder 3: Electric work --- 1974
Folder 4: Student apartment housing --- 1968
Folder 5: Projected costs of buildings --- 1964-1965
Folder 6: Cost estimates --- 1960,1961,1964
Folder 7: Filing memorandum, forms --- 1963
Folder 8: US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, documents --- 1971
Folder 9: Heating and electrical systems --- 1960-1964
Folder 10: Owner-architect contracts, instructions --- 1966
Folder 11: Percentage completion report --- 1963
Folder 12: Perkins and Will billings --- 1964-1966
Folder 13: Perkins and Will review --- 1964-1965
Series 3: Correspondence --- 1956-1974
Box 3
Folder 1: Correspondence, master plan --- 1958-1964
Folder 2: Correspondence, landscaping plans --- 1958-1964
Folder 3: Correspondence, master plan evaluations --- 1959-1962
Folder 4: Correspondence, commons building and residence halls, long range --- 1964
Folder 5: Correspondence, varia --- 1965
Folder 6: Correspondence, developments on Knollcrest Campus --- 1966
Folder 7: Correspondence, plant list --- 1966
Folder 8: Correspondence, property line change --- 1967
Folder 9: Correspondence with J. C. Miller --- 1956-1958
Folder 10: Correspondence with Gerald Ford --- 1959-1972
Box 4
Folder 1: Correspondence, long-range planning --- 1966-1973
Folder 2: Correspondence, long-range planning --- 1968
Folder 3: Correspondence, objectives --- 1969
Folder 4: Correspondence, design development --- 1969-1974
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1969-1974
Folder 6: College Center Bulletins --- 1972-1974
Folder 7: College Center certificate of payment --- 1972-1974
Series 4: College Center Material --- 1965-1975
Box 5
Folder 1: College Center color schedule --- 1972-1973
Folder 2: College Center correspondence --- 1966
Folder 3: College Center correspondence --- 1966-1969
Folder 4-5: College Center correspondence --- 1969
Folder 6: College Center correspondence --- 1970
Folder 7: College Center correspondence --- 1971-1972
Box 6
Folder 1: College Center correspondence --- 1970-1971
Folder 2: College Center construction documents --- 1970-1971
Folder 3: College Center correspondence --- 1971
Folder 4: College Center correspondence --- 1972-1974
Folder 5: College Center, Gezon Auditorium --- 1975
Folder 6: College Center grounds --- 1973
Folder 7: College Center progress meetings --- 1972-1973
Folder 8: Calvin College Auditorium correspondence --- 1966
Folder 9: Calvin College Auditorium, Music and Speech Building --- 1965
Folder 10: Calvin Auditorium --- 1965-1966
Series 5: Auditorium and Library Buildings --- 1958-1970
Box 7
Folder 1: Calvin Auditorium, Music and Speech Building --- 1965-1966
Folder 2: Fine Arts Center (FAC) color schedule --- 1965-1966
Folder 3: Auditorium correspondence --- 1964-1965
Folder 4: Program for Auditorium, Music and Speech Building, H. Geerdes Committee --- 1963
Folder 5: Calvin Auditorium music classroom, correspondence --- 1965
Folder 6: Library addition, contract order, certificate for payment --- 1969-1970
Folder 7: Library furnishings --- 1962
Folder 8: Library color schedule --- 1962
Folder 9: Library construction papers --- 1961
Folder 10: Library correspondence --- 1958-1961
Folder 11: Library correspondence --- 1960-1961
Series 6: Library and Commons --- 1960-1967
Box 8
Folder 1: Library Classroom Building correspondence --- 1961-1962
Folder 2: Library interoffice memos --- 1961-1962
Folder 3: Library correspondence, color charts --- 1962
Folder 4: Library building correspondence, Van Raalte window frame --- 1961-1962
Folder 5: Library color and furnishings
Folder 6: Library sketches and design --- 1960
Folder 7: Library sketches --- 1960
Folder 8: Library statutes and ordinances --- 1963
Folder 9: Commons, program for Commons building --- 1965
Folder 10: Commons boiler plant --- 1967
Folder 11: Commons, food service, certificates of payment --- 1967
Folder 12: Commons color schedule --- 1967
Folder 13: Commons correspondence --- 1964-1966
Series 7: Commons and Library Addition --- 1964-1974
Box 9
Folder 1: Commons correspondence, conference on Commons building --- 1964-1966
Folder 2: Commons correspondence --- 1965-1974
Folder 3: Knollcrest Campus and faculty offices --- 1971-1973
Folder 4: Contract change orders, certificates for payment --- 1969-1970
Folder 5: Library addition correspondence --- 1966-1967
Folder 6: Library addition correspondence --- 1966-1968
Series 8: Library Addition, Auditorium, and Commons --- 1965-1971
Box 10
Folder 1: Library addition correspondence --- 1968
Folder 2: Library addition correspondence --- 1969-1971
Folder 3: Library addition contract change orders, certificate for payment --- 1968-1970
Folder 4: Library addition correspondence --- 1968-1970
Folder 5: Auditorium solicitation program --- 1965
Folder 6: Auditorium, Music and Speech Building correspondence --- 1964
Folder 7: Auditorium progress report --- 1965-1966
Folder 8: Commons correspondence --- 1966-1968
Folder 9: Commons correspondence --- 1967
Series 9: Physical Education Building --- 1960-1975
Box 11
Folder 1: PE Building preconstruction --- 1962-1963
Folder 2: PE Building train shed, tennis courts --- 1958-1961
Folder 3: PE Building utilities --- 1960-1961
Folder 4: PE Building athletic facilities, site development --- 1959
Folder 5: PE Building payment requests --- 1964
Folder 6: PE Building miscellaneous reports --- 1964
Folder 7: PE Building mechanical construction --- 1964
Folder 8: PE Building landscape area --- 1961-1966
Folder 9: PE Building bleachers, certificate for payment --- 1965
Folder 10: PE Building general construction --- 1964-1965
Folder 11: PE Building electrical construction --- 1964-1965
Folder 12: PE Building Natatorium color schedule --- 1973
Folder 13: PE Building color schedule --- 1964
Folder 14: PE Building Natatorium contractors, correspondence --- 1973
Folder 15: PE Building Natatorium general construction, correspondence --- 1974
Folder 16: PE Building Natatorium, client correspondence --- 1972-1974
Folder 17: PE Building Natatorium, certificates of payment, Pioneer Construction Co. --- 1973-1975
Series 10: Calvin College Drives, Natatorium --- 1963-1975
Box 12
Folder 1: General correspondence on college plans --- 1964-1971
Folder 2: Campus drives and parking --- 1963-1969
Folder 3: Campus drives correspondence --- 1970-1972
Folder 4: Parking lot documents, map, bidding information --- 1969
Folder 5: Natatorium estimated costs --- 1972
Folder 6: Natatorium contracts --- 1973
Folder 7: Natatorium agencies, Fire Marshal, Public Health --- 1972-1973
Folder 8: Natatorium interoffice correspondence --- 1972-1974
Folder 9: Natatorium miscellaneous correspondence --- 1972
Folder 10: Natatorium federal assistance applications --- 1972
Folder 11: Natatorium project budget, scheduling --- 1972
Folder 12: Natatorium studies and reports --- 1972
Folder 13: Natatorium conference notes, memos --- 1972
Folder 14: Natatorium agreements --- 1972
Folder 15: Natatorium advertisement and plan issue --- 1973
Folder 16: Natatorium associate architects --- 1972-1975
Series 11: Auditorium and Commons --- 1963-1969
Box 13
Folder 1: Auditorium preconstruction memorandum
Folder 2: Auditorium sketches --- 1963
Folder 3: Auditorium, FAC, miscellaneous --- 1964-1965
Folder 4: Auditorium construction memorandum --- 1965-1966
Folder 5: Commons certificates for payment --- 1966-1969
Folder 6: Commons, results of student questionnaire --- 1965
Folder 7: Commons heating unit --- 1967
Folder 8: Commons bulletins, certificates for payment --- 1966-1967
Series 12: East Beltline, Drives and Parking --- 1959-1974
Box 14
Folder 1: East Beltline study --- 1968
Folder 2: East Beltline correspondence --- 1969
Folder 3: East Beltline correspondence --- 1968-1969
Folder 4: East Beltline correspondence --- 1968-1969
Folder 5: Drives and parking --- 1959-1965
Folder 6: Drives and parking --- 1966-1969
Folder 7: Drives and parking --- 1970-1974
Series 13: Science Building Material --- 1965-1969
Box 15
Folder 1: Science Building contract orders, certificates of payment --- 1967-1969
Folder 2: Science Building certificates of payment --- 1967-1968
Folder 3: Science Building certificates of payment --- 1967-1968
Folder 4: Science Building color schedule --- 1967-1968
Folder 5: Science Building correspondence --- 1965-1966
Folder 6: Science Building preconstruction correspondence --- 1966-1967
Folder 7: Science Building correspondence --- 1967
Folder 8: Science Building correspondence --- 1967-1969
Series 14: Science and Seminary Buildings --- 1956-1972
Box 16
Folder 1: Science Building miscellaneous matters --- 1965-1968
Folder 2: Science Building correspondence --- 1968-1970
Folder 3: Science Building observatory --- 1970-1971
Folder 4: Science Building planning --- 1965
Folder 5: Science Building addition --- 1972
Folder 6: Seminary Building budget costs --- 1960-1961
Folder 7: Seminary Building conference memos
Folder 8: Seminary Building preconstruction correspondence --- 1956-1958
Folder 9: Seminary Building preconstruction --- 1958-1959
Folder 10: Seminary Building construction correspondence --- 1959-1960
Folder 11: Seminary Building correspondence --- 1958-1959
Folder 12: Seminary Building correspondence --- 1958-1961
Folder 13: Seminary Building correspondence --- 1959-1961
Folder 14: Athletic facilities bids --- 1959-1960
Series 15: Seminary Building --- 1959-1975
Box 17
Folder 1: Seminary site plans, sketches --- 1959-1960
Folder 2: Seminary furnishings --- 1960-1961
Folder 3: Seminary color schedule, correspondence --- 1960
Folder 4: Seminary electrical fixtures --- 1960
Folder 5: Seminary instructions to bidders --- 1960
Folder 6: Seminary miscellaneous correspondence --- 1961, 1967
Folder 7: Seminary prints --- 1959
Folder 8: Seminary stained glass --- 1960
Folder 9: Seminary landscaping --- 1960
Folder 10: Seminary expansion --- 1963-1973
Folder 11: Seminary addition --- 1975
Folder 12: Seminary addition correspondence --- 1975
Folder 13: Seminary alterations and additions correspondence --- 1974-1975
Folder 14: Seminary furnishings
Series 16: Residences --- 1959-1967
Box 18
Folder 1: Sketches and buildings, Perkins and Will --- 1960
Folder 2: Residences sketches --- 1960
Folder 3: Certificates of payment --- 1965-1967
Folder 4: Residences, sketches and photos --- 1961, 1967
Folder 5: Residences, correspondence --- 1959-1961
Folder 6: Residences --- 1961-1964
Folder 7: Residences, correspondence --- 1961
Folder 8: Residences, dining halls --- 1962
Folder 9: Residences, progress reports --- 1961-1962
Folder 10: Residence halls, furnishings --- 1962
Folder 11: Residences project report --- 1964
Folder 12: Residences, equipment, furnishings, correspondence --- 1960-1961
Series 17: Residences and Dining Facilities --- 1957-1973
Box 19
Folder 1: Dining halls, programming food service --- 1960
Folder 2: Dining halls specifications --- 1961
Folder 3: Residences, dining facilities --- 1964-1966
Folder 4: Residences building contracts --- 1957-1962
Folder 5: Residences, sketches --- 1960
Folder 6: Residences, correspondence --- 1960
Folder 7: Residences, correspondence --- 1959-1961
Folder 8: Residences, sketches --- 1961-1962
Folder 9: Dining hall addition --- 1964
Folder 10: Residence Hall No. 6 color schedule --- 1968
Folder 11: Dining hall color schedule --- 1962
Folder 12: Residence Hall No. 6 and dining hall electricity --- 1967-1968
Folder 13: Residence Hall No. 6 and dining room addition --- 1968
Folder 14: Residence Hall No. 6, dining hall correspondence --- 1967
Folder 15: Residence Hall No. 6, dining hall plumbing and heating --- 1968
Folder 16: Noordewier Hall addition --- 1973
Series 18: Residence Halls Nos. 1-6 --- 1962-1970
Box 20
Folder 1: Residence Halls Nos. 1 and 2, color schedule --- 1962
Folder 2: Residence Halls Nos. 3 and 4, planning --- 1964-1966
Folder 3: Residence Halls Nos. 3 and 4, correspondence --- 1964-1966
Folder 4: Residence Hall No. 5, correspondence --- 1967-1970
Folder 5: Residence Hall No. 5, certificates for payment and contract change orders --- 1970
Folder 6: Residence Hall No. 5, correspondence --- 1968
Folder 7: Residence Hall No. 5, correspondence --- 1969
Folder 8: Residence Hall No. 5, correspondence --- 1970
Folder 9: Residence Halls Nos. 5 and 6, correspondence --- 1967
Folder 10: Residence Halls, correspondence and reports
Series 19: Residence Housing --- 1959-1977
Box 21
Folder 1: Residence Halls Nos. 5 and 6, correspondence --- 1968
Folder 2: Residence Halls No. 5 and 6, correspondence --- 1967-1968
Folder 3: Residence halls --- 1959-1962
Folder 4: Residence halls, Calvin housing correspondence --- 1960-1975
Folder 5: Calvin housing, Knollcrest East, addition plans --- 1975-1977
Folder 6: Calvin housing, Knollcrest East plans --- 1977
Folder 7: Statement and principles of administration at Calvin College --- 1966
Series 20: Miscellaneous --- 1959-1990
Box 22
Folder 1: Henry De Wit, vita
Folder 2: Henry De Wit, "Verses," coffee breaks, travel notes
Folder 3: Henry De Wit paper, "The Planning and Utilization of Instructional Facilities," conference proceedings --- 1960
Folder 4: Henry De Wit memos to the Calvin staff, sampling (2 copies) --- 1959-1986
Folder 5: Specifications for J. C. Miller Residence - Jackson House on Burton (moved in 1999) --- 1952
Folder 6: Correspondence re: Holland Home --- 1973
Folder 7: "Remembering - Ten Yers (1957-1966) of 'Ford' Bonus Payments" --- 1990

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Long-Range Planning, 1957-1974],
[Series 2: Construction Contracts, 1956-1974],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1956-1974],
[Series 4: College Center Material, 1965-1975],
[Series 5: Auditorium and Library Buildings, 1958-1970],
[Series 6: Library and Commons, 1960-1967],
[Series 7: Commons and Library Addition, 1964-1974],
[Series 8: Library Addition, Auditorium, and Commons, 1965-1971],
[Series 9: Physical Education Building, 1960-1975],
[Series 10: Calvin College Drives, Natatorium, 1963-1975],
[Series 11: Auditorium and Commons, 1963-1969],
[Series 12: East Beltline, Drives and Parking, 1959-1974],
[Series 13: Science Building Material, 1965-1969],
[Series 14: Science and Seminary Buildings, 1956-1972],
[Series 15: Seminary Building, 1959-1975],
[Series 16: Residences, 1959-1967],
[Series 17: Residences and Dining Facilities, 1957-1973],
[Series 18: Residence Halls Nos. 1-6, 1962-1970],
[Series 19: Residence Housing, 1959-1977],
[Series 20: Miscellaneous, 1959-1990],
[All]


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