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The Joint Archives of Holland is a department of Van Wylen Library and promotes the educational mission of Hope College and its partner institutions by actively collecting, caring for, interpreting and making available the unique historical resources in its care.

These resources include the archival collections of Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, area governmental units and other members who contract for services at the Joint Archives of Holland. It serves as a research center for students, faculty and staff of Hope College, for contractual members of the Joint Archives of Holland and for the general public.

Recent Blog Posts

  1. City of Holland History Presentation

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  3. Holiday hours at the Joint Archives

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    The Joint Archives will be closed for the holidays beginning Friday, December 23.  We will reopen o...

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  4. Ottawa County Poor Farm History

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 1988Year the Joint Archives was Founded

    Prior to the founding of the Joint Archives of Holland, archival work was done by volunteers and part-time staff at Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, the Netherlands Museum and the City of Holland.

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  • 8,000Total Linear Feet of Processed Collections

    We measure the shelf space necessary to store documents in linear feet. A linear foot is twelve inches wide for documents stored on edge, or twelve inches high for documents stored horizontally.

  • 3Number of Institutions We Serve

    Although the Joint Archives is a department of Van Wylen Library at Hope College, we also collect materials for institutional partners like Western Theological Seminary.

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  • 22,176Researchers Helped Since 1995

    Geoffrey Reynolds joined the archives staff over 20 years ago and has yet to be stumped by a single research question.

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