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W88-1231. Pieters, Albertus (1869-1955). Papers, 1886-1985. 9.50 linear ft.

Identifier: W88-1231

Scope and Contents

Collection is arranged alphabetically by folder and chronologically within each folder. Materials include addresses, articles, correspondence, class lecture notes from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary and churches, pamphlets, publications, photographs, reports, and reviews of Pieters’ writings.


  • 1886 - 1985


Albertus Pieters was born February 5, 1869, at Alto, Wisconsin. His parents were Rev. and Mrs. Reolf Pieters. He graduated from Hope College in 1887 with an A.B. degree and 1890 with an A.M. degree.

In 1891, he graduated from Western Theological Seminary with a D.D. degree and was ordained a Christian minister and commissioned a missionary. In 1891, he married Emma Kollen before leaving for their missionary assignment in Japan and served there until 1923. While in service, he inaugurated the program Newspaper Evangelism and served as vice-president of the General Synod in 1911.

Upon his return to the United States, he taught at Hope College in their Bible Department from 1923-1926. He was named as Dosker-Hulswit Professor of English Bible and Missions at Western Theological Seminary in 1926 and taught there until 1939.

Pieters passed away in Holland, Michigan, on December 24, 1955.


9.50 Linear Feet

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Hope College class of 1887; Western Theological Seminary class of 1891. Missionary to Japan of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), 1891-1923, professor of Bible and missions at Hope College, 1923-1926, professor at Western Theological Seminary, 1926-1939, vice-president of the General Synod, 1911. Correspondence with W. Murray Walton about newspaper evangelism in Japan, 1927-1938, comments on the RCA--Christian Reformed Church polemical writings of the 19th century; readings from patristic literature bearing upon the millennial expectation; lectures, writings, and pamphlets on infant baptism, Revelation of St. John, class lectures on apologetic, ethics, and Old Testament History, lecture on "The Union of 1850," and "The responsibility of the Reformed Church in America towards missionary work in Japan"; "Christian Endeavor Home for Seamen at Nagasaki" (scrapbook). Bound notes of class lectures on various subjects; materials relating to his work in newspaper evangelism in Japan, Japanese literature on "Shinto"; bulletins and minutes of the Council of Missions Cooperating with the Church of Christ in Japan, 1893-1907; lecture, "Let Us Remember," a history of Western Theological Seminary, 1935, and ten of his books. Detailed Collection Register available.


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Repository Details

Part of the Joint Archives of Holland Repository

Theil Research Center
9 East 10th Street
Holland Michigan 49423 United States