The Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection houses the personal, family, and business papers of A.C. Van Raalte, as well as publications related to him and his work. This collection, which dates from 1829–1997, consists of correspondence, sermons, essays, speeches, articles, business papers, and personal memorabilia, documenting the life and works of A.C. Van Raalte, including his social background as a studious academic and entrepreneur of a brick manufactory in Ommen, his active involvement in the secessionist movement from the Dutch Reformed Church, his encouragement and aid of Dutch immigration to the United States, and his passion for improving the economy and education of the Holland colony.
This collection fits into the broader narrative of immigration to the United States and is unique in focusing not only on the immigration experience of the Dutch, but in examining that experience through the lens of the Holland colony’s foremost leader. In fleeing from religious persecution, the search for freedom colors every page of this immigrant collection, from the most spiritual of sermons to the driest of business papers. Researchers interested in the history of the church Secessionist (Afscheiding) movement, the development of the Holland colony, the background of Hope College, the narrative of the Van Raalte family, and the Dutch immigrant experience—from overcoming colonial struggles to fighting in the Civil War—will all find something to value in this collection.
Browse the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (COLL 300) Collections:
- Box 01 - Personal Papers (COLL300)
- Box 02: Personal Papers (COLL300)
- Box 03: Personal Papers (COLL300)
- Box 04 - Sermons (COLL300)
- Box 05 - Sermons (COLL300)
- Box 06 - Sermons (COLL300)
- Box 07 - Sermons (COLL300)
- Box 13 - Business (COLL300)
- Box 14 - Business (COLL300)
- Box 15 - Business (COLL300)
- Box 16 - Business (COLL300)