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Hans Rookmaaker Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-018

Scope and Contents

The largest portion of the Collection consists of 3 x 5 bibliographic note cards (in Dutch). This is also the only series that includes original manuscript material. A preliminary index has been created to assist the researcher.  Copies of published articles in Dutch and English comprise Boxes 1 and 2. Arrangement is by language, and by publication. The articles written for the Dutch newspaper Trouw (1949-1956), and Opbouw (1957-1972) are foldered chronologically. Journal articles in English are arranged alphabetically, while articles in Dutch are arranged chronologically under the journal title, with no attempt to list individual article titles. Fifty-one audio cassette tapes (ca. half in English, remainder in Dutch) provide voice recordings of Dr. Rookmaaker on the topics of art, culture, music, philosophy, and the Bible. He lectured in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, as well as in his native Netherlands.


  • Created: 1927-2017
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945-1977
  • Other: Date acquired: 1985


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.


66 boxes

28 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Dutch; Flemish

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition


Method of Acquisition

The papers of Hans Rookmaaker were given to Wheaton College by his wife, Mrs. Anky Rookmaaker. Long appreciated for the integration of his Christian faith and art criticism, Rookmaaker had lectured at Wheaton College in the 1970s, but it was not until the early 1980s and Dr. Nigel Goodwin's recommendation, that serious efforts were made to secure his archives. Myrna Grant, John Walford, and Paul Snezek, were among those instrumental in the arrival of materials in 1985.

Other Descriptive Information

The papers of Henderik (Hans) Roelof Rookmaaker (1922-1977), Professor of Art History, art critic and columnist, author, and lecturer, occupy approximately fifteen linear feet. The collection includes manuscript bibliographic cards and notes, photocopies of published newspaper columns and articles, and audio cassettes of lectures. The majority of the material is in the Dutch language, while many of the articles and recorded lectures are in English.

Hans Rookmaaker Papers
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Repository Details

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