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W88-0011. Blekkink, Evert J. (1858-1948). Papers, 1895-1948. 1.25 linear ft.

Identifier: W88-0011

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of class lectures, sermons, photographs, testimonials, articles and correspondence. Most materials relate to Blekkink’s years at Western Theological Seminary. Subjects include systematic theology, World War I, and Western Theological Seminary. Also includes signed Herbert Hoover letter. The material includes Mrs. Blekkink’s college diploma and funeral notice. Includes an album of photographs of Western Theological Seminary buildings.


  • 1895 - 1948


Evert John Blekkink was born in Oostburg, Wisconsin, on May 26, 1858. He graduated from Hope College in 1883 and from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1886. He married Henrietta (Hattie) Edna Meerdink the same year. Blekkink served three churches in New York from 1886 to 1899, and two churches in Kalamazoo from 1889 to 1912. He taught at Western Theological Seminary as Professor of Systematic Theology from 1912-1928. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hope College in 1909 and another from Rutgers University in 1920. He was president of the General Synod in 1918.

Many friends and students sent testimonials of appreciation to Blekkink on his ninetieth birthday. He passed away two months later on July 17, 1948, and ten days later, on July 27, 1948, his wife, Hattie, died.


1.25 Linear Feet

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Hope College class of 1883; minister of the Reformed Church in America; Western Theological Seminary (WTS) professor of systematic theology, 1913-1928; Western Theological Seminary president, 1923-1924. Papers include class lectures, sermons, a scrapbook of materials on WTS, and three certificates (WTS Non-Photographic Media). Detailed Collection Register available.


90 images (Boxes 2 and 3)


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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