/ Joint Archives of Holland

Archival Collections

Discover priceless materials on innumerable subjects.

The Joint Archives, a department of Hope College's Van Wylen Library, is the consolidation of the archival collections of Hope College, Western Theological Seminary and other organizations that contract for archival services.

Mission Statement

We promote 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.

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College Publications

Works and writings from Hope College students and administrative offices. Materials are held in Digital Commons, the online institutional repository.

Historical Records

Papers, manuscripts and audiovisual materials dating from 1866.

  • Digital Commons: an online institutional repository that provides access to the scholarly and creative works of the Hope College community
  • Collections Search: a database of materials held at the Theil Research Center
  • Newspapers: selected periodicals issued in West Michigan and the Netherlands
  • Oral Histories: recorded interviews with important figures, famous and obscure
Featured Image Collections

Our Featured Image Collections consist of photographs, postcards and other images dating mainly from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. Subjects include the Hope College campus, student life and the history of Holland, Michigan.

Browse the Featured Image Collections 

The Joint Archives of Holland has thousands of other photographs that have not been featured here. Please email archives@hope.edu to request scans of these images or schedule an appointment to visit in person.

To use any of these pictures in your own work, please consult our Image Reproduction Policy and Citation Guidelines.