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Title: Richard Drost Collection, 1930-1961

ID: COLL/074

Primary Creator: Drost, Richard (1891-1972)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Arbitration, Industrial, Calvin College - Study and teaching (Higher), Great Britain - Maps, History - Study and teaching (Higher), Labor, Oceania, Students - Conduct of life, Travel

Abstract

Professor of history at Calvin College. The collection includes: class notes, maps, correspondence, papers on various topics (labor, student conduct), thesis on forced labor, sermons, travel notes, and records.

Biographical Note

The 1961 Calvin College Prism was dedicated to Professor Richard Drost of the history department: "ours is the opportunity to recognize the service, which, for the past twenty-two years, has been given to Calvin College by Dr. Richard Drost. We undertake to do so with humility, but encouraged by the knowledge that he will be as sympathetic with our present failings as he has been with them in the past. As Professor of History, as a sponsor of campus organizations, as director of Chapel activities, and perhaps more than any of these, as a friend and personal advisor whose sincerity and warmth were immediately and constantly apparent, Dr. Drost has well-merited the affection with which this year’s Prism is dedicated to him."

Richard Drost served as assistant professor of history from 1939-1941 and associate professor from 1941-1945. His term as professor of history was from 1945 until retirement in 1961. He served as chairman of the department from 1954-1956.

Three years after his birth in Wautena, Friesland, the Netherlands, the Drost family moved to the United States where his father, Rev. F. J. Drost, served churches in Whitinsville, Massachusetts; Eastmanville, Michigan; Byron Center, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Oak Harbor, Washington; and Otley, Iowa. Richard’s early education was in schools in places where his father served. His undergraduate work was at Calvin Academy (1907-1909); Occidental (1914-1917); University of Washington (1917); and Central College (1924-1925). He received his MA (1926-1927) and PhD at the University of Iowa (1930-1931). The PhD dissertation was on "Forced Labor in the South Pacific."

Before coming to Calvin College, Drost taught in Christian schools in Kalamazoo, Chicago, and Peoria (1909-1914); in high schools in Peoria and Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1921-1929), and at Central and Simpson colleges (1929-1939).

During his tenure at Calvin College, Drost served on various committees at the college as well as serving as elder at Sherman Street CRC (1941-1946) and at Calvin CRC (1947-1949 and 1950-1953). He was a leader of Men’s Society and of Young Men’s Society.

When Richard Drost passed away, January 28, 1972, he was survived by his wife, Minnie; two daughters, Sheila (Mrs. O. Buus) and Josephine (Mrs. M. Geerdes); and a son, Albert F.

Subject/Index Terms

Arbitration, Industrial
Calvin College - Study and teaching (Higher)
Great Britain - Maps
History - Study and teaching (Higher)
Labor
Oceania
Students - Conduct of life
Travel

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 1.0 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of the R. Drost family


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Box 1
Folder 1: Calvin Prisms with comments of students on Richard Drost --- 1943-1944
Folder 2: Class notes of Rev. F. J. Drost, father of Richard, on church history and dogmatics
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1930-1931
Folder 4-6: Family correspondence --- 1945-1947
Folder 7: Family correspondence --- 1948-1954
Folder 8: Debate notes, Morality of Youth of the Day --- April 20, 1939
Folder 9: History notes: Constitutional History of England --- 1613-1815
Folder 10: Maps of Great Britain and of the world
Folder 11: Paper: Any girl can neck, but . . .
Folder 12: Paper: Forced Labor in the South Pacific. Thesis for PhD from the State University of Iowa --- 1850-1914
Box 2
Folder 1: Paper: Germany and Samoa. Thesis for Master of Arts of the State University of Iowa --- 1927
Folder 2: Paper: History III for Calvin College Faculty Syllabi --- 1943
Folder 3: Paper: The Kanaka in Service. Footnotes throughout paper
Folder 4: Paper: Regulation of the labor traffic. Footnotes at end of paper
Folder 5: Sermons heard at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago --- 1948
Folder 6: Travel notes on trip to Europe and Near East --- 1961
Folder 7: Travel record of slides of trip to Europe and Near East --- 1961
Folder 8: Value of Men's Society.  Notes on speech --- undated

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