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Title: Bernard Zylstra Collection, 1941-1986

ID: COLL/504

Primary Creator: Zylstra, Bernard (1923-1986)

Extent: 12.2 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Details (1941-1986) to professional career of Bernard Zylstra (1923-1986) as a student and scholar of twentieth-century Christian philosophy (particularly the influence of Herman Dooyeweerd's philosophy), politics, and Christian social action, in (but not limited to) Canada. Contains Zylstra's research, writings, speeches, and sermons. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Bernard Zylstra was the fourth of nine children born to Peter Zylstra and Trijntje Hekstra. The family immigrated to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area in 1948.  Zylstra earned degrees from Calvin College (AB, 1955), Calvin Theological Seminary (BD, 1858), University of Michigan Law School (LLB, 1961), and the Free University of Amsterdam (LL M, 1964; SJD, 1968).

An educator, author, and public speaker, Zylstra joined the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), in Toronto, Ontario, in 1968.  He led the efforts that resulted in ICS receiving a charter from the Ontario Provincial Government to grant graduate degrees.  He was active in various social action efforts, and advancing the cause of Christian higher education. His area of profession focus was twentieth-century political theory, and the interface of religion and politics.

On 26 August 1959 Zylstra married Josina Van Nuis.  They had no children.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Personal],
[Series 2: Professional],
[Series 3: Institute for Christian Studies (ICS)],
[Series 4: Diplomas],
[Series 5: South Africa material, 1929, 1967, 1976-1978],
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Series 1: Personal
Box 1
Folder 1: Biographical material --- 1961-1986
Folder 2: Diplomas --- 1941-1986
Folder 3: College and Seminary course papers --- 1955-1956
Folder 4: Death tributes --- 1986
Folder 5-7: Seminary course papers --- 1957-1958, and undated
Folder 8-10: Appointment books --- 1968-1984
Folder 11: Bibliographies on the Cosmonomic Idea, Vollenhoven, and Mekkes --- 1975-1977
Box 2: Correspondence (a calendar of the correspondence is in the inventory folder in Box 1) --- 1952-1962
Box 3: Correspondence --- 1962-1965
Box 4: Correspondence --- 1965-1969
Box 5: Correspondence --- 1970-1983
Box 6
Folder 1-2: Correspondence --- 1984-1985
Folder 3-5: Correspondence, G. Andreas --- 1972-1979
Folder 6: Correspondence --- undated
Folder 7-11: Correspondence, H. E. Runner --- 1980-1982, undated
Box 7
Folder 1-4: Correspondence, South Africa --- 1976-1978
Folder 5-7: Notes on trip to South Africa --- 1976-1979
Folder 8: Correspondence re: translation of H. Bavinck's Gerformeerde Dogmatiek --- 1976-1978
Box 8
Folder 1-2: Paper presented at Groen Van Prinsterer Club of Calvin College --- 1956-1958
Folder 3-7: Professional activity reports and related correspondence --- 1968-1985
Folder 8: Research notes --- undated
Box 9
Folder 1: Research notes --- undated
Folder 2: Research files --- 1964-1979
Folder 3-9: Sermons --- 1956-1962
Box 10
Folder 1: Sermons --- 1969
Folder 2: Sermons --- 1974
Folder 3: Sermons --- 1975
Folder 4: Sermons --- 1979
Folder 5: Sermons --- undated
Folder 6: Speeches --- 1959-1966
Box 11
Folder 1-2: Speeches --- 1969-1970
Folder 3: Education speeches --- 1970
Folder 4: Speeches --- 1971
Folder 5: Education speeches --- 1971
Folder 6: Speeches --- 1972
Box 12: Speeches --- 1972-1975
Box 13: Speeches --- 1975-1981
Box 14
Folder 1-3: Speeches --- 1982-1875
Folder 4: Speeches to the Groen Van Prinsterer Club --- 1953-1961
Folder 5-7: Speeches --- undated
Box 15
Folder 1-2: Speeches --- undated
Folder 3-5: Lectures, Free University, Amsterdam --- 1961-1964
Folder 6: Lecture outlines --- 1976-1980
Folder 7: Lectures, Free University, Amsterdam --- undated
Series 2: Professional
Box 16
Folder 1: Stromata articles --- 1958
Folder 2: "The Church and the World," by J. H. Kormminga --- 1958
Folder 3: Essays by Zylstra, law school --- 1960
Item 1: "Racial Equality in Education"
Item 2: "Herman Dooyeweerd's Philosophy of Law and State"
Folder 4: Articles published in periodicals --- 1960-1969
Folder 5: Articles published in Dutch --- 1960-1969
Folder 6: Calvinist Contact articles --- 1960-1985
Folder 7: Essays, law school --- 1961
Item 1: "Racial Equality in Education"
Item 2: "Hostages and Reprisals"
Item 3: Arbitration Hearing, Local 248 /Allis Chalmers
Folder 8: Essays, law school --- 1964
Item 1: "Laski's Theory of the State"
Folder 9: Articles by Zylstra in journals --- 1970-1972
Box 17
Folder 1: Articles by Zylstra in journals --- 1972-1976
Item 1: "The Crisis of Our Time and the Christian Reformed Church" --- 1970
Item 2: "Conference of the Christian Reformed Churches in Canada" --- 1981
Folder 2: Vanguard article: Karl Marx, Radical Humanist --- 1973
Folder 3: Book reviews and related correspondence --- 1974-1976
Folder 4: Articles --- 1977-1979
Folder 5: The Canadian Forum article: The Struggle for South Africa --- 1977
Folder 6: Reformed Journal article:  Interview with Steve Biko --- 1977
Folder 7: Human Rights Capetown Conference --- 1979
Folder 8: Articles --- 1980-1981
Folder 9: Liberalism and US Politics, manuscript --- 1982
Folder 10: Articles --- 1982-1985
Folder 11: Liberalism or Liberty --- 1983
Folder 12: Russia, America, and World Politics --- 1984
Folder 13: Acta Academica article: Biko on Black Consciousness in South Africa --- 1993
Box 18
Folder 1: Presbyterian Guardian articles --- 1970-1973
Folder 2: Life is Religion, preface by Zylstra --- 1981
Folder 3: Freedom and Faith, essay by Zylstra --- 1982
Folder 4: The Relation of the Bible to Learning, preface by Zylstra --- 1982
Folder 5: The Challenge of Marxist and Neo-Marxist Ideologies for Christian Scholarship, chapter by Zylstra --- 1982
Folder 6: Justice in the International Economic Order, chapter by Zylstra --- 1980
Box 19
Folder 1: Hearing and Doing, essay by Zylstra --- 1979
Folder 2: Christian Scholars Review, article by Zylstra --- 1978
Folder 3: George Grant in Process, essay by Zylstra --- 1978
Folder 4: Development of the West, introduction by Zylstra --- 1977
Folder 5: Een Staatsman ter Navolging, chapter by Zylstra --- 1976
Folder 6: Reformasie en Revolusie, chapter by Zylstra --- 1974
Folder 7: "Challenge and Response," by Zylstra --- 1960
Folder 8: Politics, Justice and Jubilee, article by Zylstra --- 1973
Folder 9: Conference of the Christian Reformed Churches in Canada, article by Zylstra --- 1981
Folder 10: From Pluralism to Collectivism, by Zylstra --- 1968
Box 20
Folder 1: Out of Concern for the Church, essay by Zylstra --- 1970
Folder 2: Will All the King's Men, chapter by Zylstra --- 1972
Folder 3: "Using the Constitution to Defend Religious Rights . . . ," by Zylstra --- 1977
Folder 4: "Interfaces with the Left and Right . . . , by Zylstra --- 1981
Series 3: Institute for Christian Studies (ICS)
Box 20
Folder 5: Conference speeches --- 1969
Folder 6-7: Wedge Publishing Foundation minutes --- 1974-1984
Folder 8-9: Wedge Publishing Foundation correspondence --- 1979-1984
Folder 10: Wedge Publishing Foundation material --- 1974-1980
Box 21
Folder 1: Wedge Publishing Foundation material --- 1980-1984
Folder 2: Academic Bulletins --- 1977-1986
Folder 3: Lecture notes on philosophical foundations --- 1984-1985
Folder 4: Dissertation material re: Harold Laski --- undated
Folder 5: Philosophy papers and articles --- 1972-1974
Folder 6
Item 1: DVDs

Bernard Zylstra - Political Workshop Jubilee Conference, 1985

Os. Guiness - Political Workshop Jubilee Conference, 1985

Item 2: CDs: Bernard Zylstra - re: South Africa, 25 (2 discs) --- Oct 1976
Folder 7: Cataloging Records (Redeemer College University: Ancaster, ON); Accession Listing (Richard Harms); History of ICS (Wikipedia)
Series 4: Diplomas
Box 22
Folder 1: University of Michigan Law School Diploma, (LLB) --- 1961
Folder 2: Free University of Amsterdam (SJD) --- 1968
Series 5: South Africa material --- 1929, 1967, 1976-1978
Box 23
Folder 1: Black Community --- 1929, 1976-1978
Folder 2: Steve Biko, arrest and death --- 1977
Folder 3: Donald Woods-Banned columnist --- 1977-1978
Folder 4: Dr. Christiaan Frederick Beyers Naudé --- 1976-1978
Folder 5: South African Christian National Education --- 1967, 1976
Folder 6: Project on Renews --- 1976-1977
Folder 7: Koinonia Declaration --- 1977
Folder 8: South African Church --- 1976-1978
Box 24
Folder 1: Response of the church --- [1976]
Folder 2: International views --- 1976-1977
Folder 3: Reformational African Studies Project --- 1976
Folder 4: Zylstra essays --- nd
Folder 5-7: South African struggle-general information --- 1976-1977

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[Series 1: Personal],
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[Series 3: Institute for Christian Studies (ICS)],
[Series 4: Diplomas],
[Series 5: South Africa material, 1929, 1967, 1976-1978],
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