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Paul C. Zylstra Collection

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Paul C. Zylstra Collection, 1940-2001 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Paul C. Zylstra Collection, 1940-2001Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/490

Primary Creator: Zylstra, Paul C. (1921-2009)

Extent: 5.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes: reports, correspondence, topic files, bulletins, programs, reviews, questionnaires, notes, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, diaries, and papers detailing professional and personal activities.

Biographical Note

Paul Calvin Zylstra was born on December 21, 1921 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating from high school Zylstra joined the U.S. Army Air Force. After his service, he enrolled at Calvin College. He graduated in 1952 and then went on to Calvin Theological Seminary to pursue a career in ministry. He earned his Th.B.  in 1952 and later earned his Th.M. in 1985.

Zylstra first call came from Aetna, Michigan where he served from 1952 to 1956. He went on to serve the congregations of South Grandville, Grand Rapids, MI (1956-64); San Diego, CA (1965-70); Ferrysburg, MI (1970-76); Preakness, Wayne, NJ (1976-81); and Palm Lan, Scottsdale, AZ (1981-87). Rev. Zylstra retired in 1987.

During Rev. Zylstra's career served on Foreign and Home Mission boards and was a member of many Ministerial Unions. He also found time to write articles and published a book at the age 82 entitled, Grand Rapids' West Side Story. Rev. Zylstra was also a gifted athlete and musician.  He enjoyed playing baseball, running marathons, and ski jumping. He was also a talented violinist, and was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

On August 2, 2009 Paul Zylstra passed away due to congestive heart failure. He was preceded in death by his wife Suzanne Swier in 2007. He was survived by their four daughters.


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Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Summer assignment at Milwaukee CRC, correspondence and reports --- 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Internship at Phoenix CRC, correspondence and reports --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Pre-ordination period, correspondence --- 1945-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Classis Muskegon materials with annotations --- 1952-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1952-1954Add to your cart.
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Folder 6: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1955-1956Add to your cart.
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Folder 7: Northern Michigan Ministers' Conference minutes --- 1952-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Study material for societies of Aetna CRC; pastor's notesAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Classis Grandville notes annotated --- 1952-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Consistory agendas with annotations RESTRICTED --- 1956-1964Add to your cart.
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Folder 3: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1956-1962Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1963Add to your cart.
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Folder 5: Family visiting regulations --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Financial reports, annotated --- 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Historical items; dedication service --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Memorabilia: clippings, programsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Ministerial Alliance notes --- 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Suburban Grand Rapids Ministers' Conference notes [secretary] --- 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Agendas for consistory meetings, annotated RESTRICTED --- 1964-1970Add to your cart.
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Folder 2: Book reviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Chairman of Chapter of the N.A.E. materials --- 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Classis California South, annotated material --- 1964-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Consistory material, including questionnaire and regulations --- 1964, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1963-1966Add to your cart.
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Folder 7: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1966-1967Add to your cart.
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Folder 8: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1968-1970Add to your cart.
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Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Evangelism activities --- 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Devotional guide for Young Calvinists on Psalms --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Program souvenirs and obituariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Relationship with San Diego County Council of ChurchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Sunday school materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Agendas for Ferrysburg council meetings, annotated RESTRICTEDAdd to your cart.
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Folder 7: Classical material annotated --- 1971-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Congregational programs, sharing time schedulesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Consistory self-study, reports, general regulationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1969-1972Add to your cart.
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Folder 11: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1972-1976Add to your cart.
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Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Inter Nos schedules and notes --- 1974-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Lay-witness materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Ministerial Association of Greater Grand Haven [president] --- 1970-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Preaching schedules, radio talks --- 1975, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Press clippings of church and pastorAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Program souvenirs --- 1971-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Tri-Cities Evangelism:  constitution, programs, annotated materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Youth Services at Ferrysburg --- 1971-1973Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Board of Home Missions, member --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Classical material:  notes on agendas and reports --- 1976-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1976-1982Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: Eastern Home Mission Board minutes [member] --- 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ecumenical matters --- 1976-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Evangelical Committee for Urban Ministries in Paterson --- 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Financial reports --- 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Pastor's memorabilia:  programs for the council, etcAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Relationship with Christian Education of Eastern Christian School Association --- 1976-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Princeton Institute of Theology session, 30 June - 10 July --- 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Tract [Preakness CRC], "How to Have Assurance," --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: West Side Story, [1998?] and [?] --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Zylstra family musicians' materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Material on his running careerAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "The Goldmine in Aetna," an excerpt from an autobiographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Personalized pens (3) --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Material re: Westside Christian School reunion --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Zylstra Cousins 75th Anniversary Reunion booklet --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 8: News article on book, Grand Rapids West Side Story --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Photos of thirty years in ministry celebration --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "In Remembrance" cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Crystal Flash, softball team materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Reformed Journal articles --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Papers/radio talks --- 1959, 1979, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Diplomas/awardsAdd to your cart.
Box 8: Diaries, personal Bibles, and video tape of retirement serviceAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: Correspondence RESTRICTED --- 1942-1968Add to your cart.
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Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1970-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1973-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence re: 30th anniversary of ministryAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence re: retirement --- 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Paper, "My First Birthday"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Papers written for college coursesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Papers written for seminary coursesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Paper on the Eucharist/Lord's Supper --- 1961Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Grammar school/ high school materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Sociology class project --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Seminary book report --- 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Summer assignments; preaching while in seminaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "A Method for Preaching on the Heidelberg Catechism in the CRC," --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Looking Back on" --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Book reviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Run Across America" project correspondence --- 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs --- 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Diary notes --- 1943-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Participation at First Baptist Church, Sebring, Florida --- 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 12: US Armed Forces materials --- 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Material re: Dr. H. Boer's book, Above the BattleAdd to your cart.

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