Our Finding Aids have multiple components.
These include the Guide to the Collections which incorporates abstracts of all our processed personal papers, organizational records and newspaper holdings. There are separate listings for our photographic, biographical, topical, pamphlet and church collections. The Anchor, Alumni Magazine and News From Hope College are indexed in Digital Commons.
What follows are instructions to ease access to our materials.
- Guide to the Collections
The computer version of the guide will allow you to search for names, words or subjects which are contained in the descriptions of materials held at the Joint Archives.
The Guide is divided into two sections. Numbers beginning with an "H" (H88-1000) are from the Hope College Collection, and those with a "W" (W88-1000) are from the Western Seminary Collection. Similar letter designations are used in the other portions of the automated system.
If a hot link connect exists in the abstract it will take you to a detailed register (inventory) of the collection to the folder level, history/biography, and scope and content note describing the collection strengths, weaknesses and organization.
When searching note the collection name and number in order to help the Archive's staff locate materials you need.
- Photographic Collection
This listing is a consolidation of the photographs contained within the Hope College and Western Theological Seminary collections. Over 100,000 images are included. Note the number at the end of each entry for access.
- Biographical Files
This collection consists of files for individuals and families important to Hope College, Holland or the Reformed Church in America (RCA) that are regularly updated by Archives staff. These files generally include news clippings, news releases, resumes and the like. Note the name of the file and the suffix (in parentheses) for access.
- Topical Files
These files contain general information on a particular topic of local or institutional interest. Note the name of the file and the suffix (in parentheses) for access.
- Pamphlet Collection
The Joint Archives of Holland maintains a comprehensive pamphlet collection. Note author, title and suffix (in parentheses) for access.
- Church Files
Within the Western Theological Seminary collection there is a file on nearly every Reformed Church in America congregation. Anniversary books, bulletins, membership directories and newspaper clippings are a sampling of the information found in these files.
- Business Files
These files contain basic information and newspaper clippings on many of the business both past and present of the Holland area.
- Alumni Magazine Index
This index contains listings for articles in the Alumni Magazine (1947-1975). The Alumni Magazine was published by the college and contains articles on alumni happenings, marriages, births, deaths, etc.
- Anchor Index
This index contains listings of articles in The Anchor (1899–date). The Anchor is a weekly newspaper put out by Hope College Students. It contains articles written by students about Hope College events, people, issues, etc. Note: (This is a rough index. It contains tens of thousands of references and was prepared by past and present volunteer staff.)
- News From Hope College Index
This index contains listings of articles in News From Hope College (1973–date). News From Hope College is a newsletter put out six times a year by the college. It contains articles on students, alumni, events, issues, alumni listings, etc.