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Henry Zylstra Collection, 1930-1984

Collection Overview

Title: Henry Zylstra Collection, 1930-1984

ID: COLL/344

Creator: Zylstra, Henry (1909-1956)

Extent: 3.4 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of English at Calvin College. The collection includes class notes; papers; essays; articles; speeches; chapel talk; lectures; a syllabus for freshman English; book reviews; a thesis entitled "E. T. A. Hoffmann in England and America"; a script for a Christian Reformed Church Centennial Pageant entitled "A Tree of Life"; a World War II report detailing the South Pacific; a history entitled "Early Dutch Settlements in South Dakota"; a paper entitled "Memoirs of Rien J. Zylstra"; and poetry readings. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Henry Zylstra was born in Platte, South Dakota on April 4, 1909.  Zylstra first attended Grundy College, but later enrolled at Calvin College where he received his A.B. in 1931.  Zylstra remained at Calvin for another year, assisting in the subjects of English, German, and speech. By 1932 he received a scholarship to attend State University of Iowa to earn his Master's degree in German.  For the next three years, Zylstra taught English for Western Christian and Grand Rapids Christian high schools. During this time, he also served as a part-time English assistant at Calvin College.

Zylstra went on to further his own education at Harvard University where he earned his Ph.D. in 1940.  He remained at Harvard for the next year as a research bibliographer.  In 1941 Zylstra accepted the call from Calvin College as their Instructor of English and German. During the time Zylstra was promoted to Associate Professor, World War II broke out. He served as 1st Lieutenant in the Pacific Theatre until 1946.  In 1950 Zylstra became professor and chairman of the Department of English at Calvin College. During his career, Zylstra was also chairman of the Division of Languages, Literature, and Arts; Chairman of Library Committee; and member of the educational policy committee. He also served as president of Student Council and on the Chimes staff.

Zylstra received a Fullbright grant to lecture at the Free University in Amsterdam for a year. In 1956, while waiting for a bus in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, Zylstra had a heart attack and passed away at the age of 47. He was survived by his wife, Mildred (Reitsema) and two daughters.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: General Papers --- 1930-1984Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Memoirs of Rein J. Zylstra; Early Dutch Settlements in South Dakota, 1909-1956; original Dutch and translation --- 1967, 1984, and [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: In Memoriam --- December 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1930 Prism of his Calvin Junior Class of which he was presidentAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Class notes and student handouts --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Graduate school paper, "Shelley's Defense of Poetry" --- 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Abstract of PhD dissertation --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Keats' use of the Bible from HZ's course on "Contemporary Novel" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Syllabus on Freshman English --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Shelf list of papers --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Papers, "Formal Discipline in Our Schools"; "English Program"; book review, Testament of Vision; "Christian and Literature, ca. 1952-1955"; Henry Zylstra Publication Committee minutes, 1956; "Mid-nineteenth Century Dutch View of American Life and Letters," 1942; "Function of Myth in Marlowe's Hero and Leander'" by Paul W. Miller, 1953; "Moneta's Temple" by J. L. Lowes; "In Gesprek Met P.J. Risseeuw" by D. v.d. Stoep --- 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "The Inescapable God and Other Chapel Talks" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles in Reformed Journal --- 1953-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles in Calvin Forum --- 1947-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Letters from --- [various countries]," Calvin Forum --- 1945-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Book reviews in various publications --- 1946-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 5: A Tree of Life: A Pageant Depicting in Word and Symbol the History of Calvin College and Seminary on the Occasion of Her Diamond Jubilee [HERH LD791.C249 1951] --- 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 6: World War II memoirs --- 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Resumes of Novels by Leading American Writers --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Essays, [undated]; 'tongue in cheek' letter written in Dutch --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photocopy library cards of H. Z. publications --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Chapel talks --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes on the teaching of English --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Memorial fund --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Outlines of essays on Christianity --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Articles in Christian Home and School and the Banner --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Publications of some of his colleagues --- 1948, 1955 [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Articles in Reformed Journal --- 1951-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Speeches --- 1947, 1954, and [undated]Add to your cart.
Series 2: Letters to Mildred --- 1932-1944Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: To Mildred --- Feb.-July 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 2: To Mildred --- Aug-Sept 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 3: To Mildred --- Oct 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 4: To Mildred --- Nov-Dec 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 5: To Mildred --- Jan-Feb 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 6: To Mildred --- Mar-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: To Mildred --- June-Sept 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 8: To Mildred --- Oct-Dec 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 9: To Mildred --- 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 10: To Mildred 1935, plus letters --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: To Mildred from Fort McClelland, Alabama --- Sep 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 2: To Mildred --- Oct 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 3: To Mildred --- Nov 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 4: To Mildred --- Dec 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 5: To Mildred from Fort Ord, California --- Jan-Feb 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 6: To Mildred --- Mar- Apr 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 7: To Mildred from New Guinea --- May-July 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 8: To Mildred from New Guinea --- May-Aug 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 9: To Mildred from New Guinea --- Aug 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 10: To Mildred from New Guinea --- Sep 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 11: To Mildred from New Guinea and the Philippines --- Oct 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 12: To Mildred from the Philippines --- Nov 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 13: To Mildred from the Philippines --- Nov-Dec 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "The Golden Fleece," by Mildred Louise Reitsema --- 1932Add to your cart.
Series 3: Letters --- 1945Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters from the Philippines --- 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters from the Philippines --- Mar 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letters from the Philippines --- Apr 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters from the Philippines --- May 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters from the Philippines --- Jun 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters from Luzon --- Jul 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters from Luzon --- Aug 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters from Luzon --- Sep 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters from Japan --- Oct-Dec 1945Add to your cart.
Series 4: EnvelopesAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Empty envelopesAdd to your cart.
Series 5: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Excerpts from his dissertation, "ETA Hoffman in England and America" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 2 volumes:  Thesis, "ETA Hoffmann in England and America" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Recording of Hopkins' The Golden Echo. (poems read by Zylstra), [undated]; and Chimes article re: the recording, undated; transcript of "Recording of Poetry Read by Henry Zylstra" --- undatedAdd to your cart.