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The Henry Hospers Family Collection documents the life of Henry Hospers, his parents, his wife, his children, and other relatives. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, photocopies of newspaper articles, and photographs. Also included are psalm books, penmanship books, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes of information, and family trees. Collectively, these records provide evidence for the origins and development of the Dutch-American settlements of Pella and Orange City, Iowa, in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Further, the records document the activities and interconnections of a Dutch immigrant family important in Iowa, in the Reformed Church in America, and in other places and institutions.