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Collection Overview

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.


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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

Browse by Series:

[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],
[All]


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