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President Arend D. Lubbers papers

Identifier: GV002-13

Scope and Contents

Series contains speeches, personal and biographical materials, a small quantity of files from the President's Office, and professional membership and service records of President Arend D. "Don" Lubbers. Speech materials include transcripts, outlines, notes, and preparatory materials, spanning from the early 1960s to 2018. The series includes speeches and sermons delivered by Lubbers before he became Grand Valley's president, as well as those given after his retirement. Personal and birogrpahical files include photographs, interviews, and clippings related to Lubbers. President's Office files include records from his earliest years as Grand Valley State's president, and also include records and reports from his earlier tenure as President of Central College. Professional memberships and service files contain meeting notes and minutes, correspondence, and other records relating to organizations, committees, and boards that Lubbers was a member of.

Additional records related to President Lubbers can be found in the President's Office correspondence series, GV002-14, GV002-15, GV002-16, and GV002-17; Presidential Inauguration and Investiture records, GV002-18; and Presidential Appointment Books, GV002-21.


  • 1960 - 2018


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.


5 Linear feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in four subseries: 1) Speeches, 2) Personal and biographical materials, 3) President's Office files, and 4) Professional memberships and service. Series 1. Speeches is organized chronologically, with additional sermons and speech notes and preparation materials filed at the end of the subseries.

Existence and Location of Copies

Many of the Presidential Speeches have been digitized and are available in ScholarWorks@GVSU.

Guide to the President Arend D. Lubbers papers
In Progress
Annie Benefiel
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Revision Statements

  • 2021-04: Combined speeches with other papers

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States