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W97-1227. Benes II, Louis H. (1906-1978). Papers, 1927-1977. 1.50 linear ft.

 Collection
Identifier: W97-1227

Scope and Contents

Most of the material consists of bound class notes from his Western Theological Seminary courses in the English Bible and Old Testament History and correspondence relating to his years as editor of the Church Herald, including the “San Dimas Affair” and Federal Council. The “San Dimas Affair” involved a fraudulent investment bond scheme with the San Dimas Valley Community Drive-In Church. Correspondence received when he retired includes very warm, respectful letters from his children. Also copies of lectures given and his great-grandfather’s hymnal, 1846 (Dutch). Correspondents include Albertus Pieters and Gordon Van Wylen. Arranged alphabetically.

Dates

  • 1927 - 1977

Biography

Louis H. Benes II was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 15, 1906. He graduated from Western Theological Seminary in 1930, received doctorates from Central College, (Iowa), 1946 and Hope College, 1974. He pastored the Fifth Reformed Church in Albany, New York (1930-1936), Fifth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1936-1944), and Hope Reformed Church in Los Angeles, California (1944-1945). He was editor of the Church Herald (1945-1974). Served as president of General Synod (1976-1977). He died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 25, 1978.

Extent

1.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Western Theological Seminary class of 1930; minister of the Reformed Church in America, 1930-1945; editor of the Church Herald, 1945-1974; president of General Synod, 1976-1977. Papers include bound class notes from Western Theological Seminary courses in English Bible and Old Testament History, correspondence, much of it regarding the "San Dimas Affair," his retirement and appreciation for his work as editor. Articles relating to his doctorate, lectures, and his great-grandfather's hymnal, 1846 (Dutch). Correspondents include Albertus Pieters and Gordon Van Wylen. Detailed Collection Register available.

Provenance

Louis Benes II
Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Joint Archives of Holland Repository

Contact:
Theil Research Center
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Holland Michigan 49423 United States
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