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Bernard Zylstra Collection



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Institute for Christian Studies (ICS)


South Africa material

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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


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],

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)

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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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