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Title: Jan Robbert Collection, 1877-1921

ID: COLL/206

Primary Creator: Robbert, Jan (1857-1922)

Extent: 2.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. Papers consisting of class notes, sermon outlines, addresses, articles, and documents. Included are the minutes of the Bethesda Society (1899-1900).

Biographical Note

The spiritual awakening in the church, which began in Uelsen and Bentheim and was limited to Uelsen from 1838-1848, reached Emlicheim shortly before the end of 1949. In a few years the Old Reformed Church in Emlicheim (also called Emlenkamp) became the largest congregation of the Old Reformed churches.

Jan Robbert was born in Emlicheim on March 19, 1857. When he was eighteen years old he expressed a desire to enter the ministry of the Word. After a period of time, during which he received private instruction, he enrolled in Kampen, the school motivated by the principle, "the school through and for the church." Upon graduation he began his ministry in Lier, Zuid-Holland. In 1890, he served a church in Lutten-aan-de Dedemsvaart, in the province of Overijssel.

Rev. Jan Robbert and his wife, Jacoba, nee Beuker, immigrated to the United States in 1893. Here he first served Roseland I. Later he served First Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1901-1908; Niekerk, Holland, Michigan, 1908-1911; Fourth Patterson, New Jersey, 1911; East Paris, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1911-1914. In March of 1914 he found it necessary to leave the active ministry due to ill health. He returned to full-time active ministry in 1916 and served in Rusk, Michigan, until 1918. After his retirement he preached in a number of churches in the greater Holland area. Shortly after a visit to Roseland he became ill and passed away on October 2, 1922.

Rev. J. C. Schaap, pastor of the church Robbert attended in his retirement years, described him as "a man who accomplished much, studied diligently, and put much work into his sermons. He loved the church and was deeply concerned about her future. His trust was in the Savior, whom he proclaimed to the very end of his life."

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Series 1: Miscellaneous
Box 1
Folder 1: Addresses - Bij en om ones heen; Een Psalm onder de kinderen Korah; De Revolutie en de Chr. School.
Folder 2: Articles in De Wachter -. Over verschillende onderwerpen --- May 5, 1920 - August 31, 1921
Folder 3: Booklet of L. Berkhof on the church and social problems, Eerdmans-Sevensma Co. Grand Rapids --- 1913
Folder 4: Bound copy of Minutes of Bethesda Society -, and a register of texts used for sermons. --- February 13, 1899 - April 26, 1900
Folder 5: Kort overzicht van de Gereformeerde religie in de Hollandsche en Engelsche taal, Kalamazoo, Michigan --- 1904
Folder 6: Note on Homiletiek of Theorie der prediking naar Vinet --- 1884
Folder 7: Outlines over het Pharizeesme en Judaisme.
Folder 8: Sermon outlines- Dutch language.
Folder 9: Sermon record booklets (3).
Folder 10: Various official papers: Lastbrief, Naturalization Paper, Declaration of Candidacy, etc.
Folder 11: Genealogy, legal document, and letters
Folder 12: Het beginsel der kerkelijke opleiding
Bound Booklets
Folder 13: Marriage Certificate, Naturalization Papers, Ordination Papers
Folder 14: Biographical Sketch
Folder 15: English Language Notebook
Box 2
Item 1: Bound sermon booklets: Nos. 3-13,14-28, 29, 30-35.
Item 2: Booklets with sermon outlines on Lord's Day 1-30 (three vols.)
Box 3
Item 1: Bound sermon booklets: Nos. 36-41, 43-57.
Item 2: Bound booklet: De Theo School, Academie en College volgens het "Yearbook" --- 1921-1922?
Item 3: Bound booklets: Hdg. Nazireerschap. Vol. I-III.
Item 4: Bound notebooks: Verzameling van vershillende onderwerpen bijeenverzameld uit onderscheidene werken van anderen. Volumes I-IV.
Box 4
Item 1: Bound notebooks: Verzameling van vershillende onderwerpen … Volumes VI-XXI.
Item 2: Latin book: Cornelis Nepotis Vitae, Caroli Halmii. Lipsiae, B.G. Teubneri. --- 1877
Item 3: Notebook: Word Study of the Greek in Colossians 2.
Box 5: Bound notebooks: Verzameling van vershillende onderwerpen… Volumes XXII-XXXVII.
Box 6: Theological School Diplomas and Robbert Family photograph

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