Teyler Foundation (Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands)

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Teyler Foundation (Dutch, Teylers Fundatie) is the name of a foundation at Haarlem, Holland. Pieter Teyler van der Hulst willed his house with an important library, many art treasures and valuable rare items, together with a considerable amount of money to found it. The Teyler foundation, which came into being after the death of Teyler in 1778, is governed by five directors; it embraces a "Hofje," i.e., a home for aged women (founded by Teyler in 1756), a museum at Haarlem, in 1885 accommodated in a new building, containing paleontological, mineralogical, and physical sections, a coin and medal room, a collection of graphical art, including a rich collection of etchings by Rembrandt, pictures, rare books, etc., the publication of a periodical Teyler's Theologisch Tijdschrift (1903-11, continued under the name of Nieuw Theologisch Tijdschrift 1912-46), and two scholarly associations, each administered by a board of six members. The First Association is for religion and theology, the Second for science, history, literature, and art. Both associations offer annual prizes for the best essay on a specific subject, posited by the trustees of the associations; the manuscripts, which are awarded a prize (a gold medal, or 400 Dutch guilders), are published at the expense of the foundation.

Among the prize winners there have been a rather large number of Mennonites; e.g., for the First Association, Daniel Hovens, Gerrit Hesselink (3 times), Petrus Loosjes, Cornelis de Vries, Jan van Gilse, Jacob Kuiper (3), Jeronimo de Bosch (2), Jan Kops Jac.zn, Hendrik van Voorst (3), Allard Hulshoff (3), Willem de Vos (3), Jan Brouwer (3), Willem Bruin (2), Rinse Koopmans, N. G. van Kampen (2), L. Weydmann, Chr. Sepp, and W. I. Leendertz.

Among the publications of the First Association the following deal with Mennonite history: W. J. Leendertz, Melchior Hofmann (1883); F. O. zur Linden, Melchior Hofmann (1885); J. C. van Slee, De Rijnsburger Collegianten (1896); K. O. Meinsma, Spinoza en zijn Kring (1896); and P. Kawerau, Melchior Hofmann als religiöser Denker (1954).

From 1858 to 1892 the directors of the Foundation granted an annual subsidy of 1,000 guilders to the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary.


Craandiik, J. Eigen Haard (1885): No. 10.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1840): 112.

Sepp, Chr. Proeve eener Pragmatische Gesch. der Theologie in Nederland . . . . Amsterdam, 1868: 48 ff. et passim.

Ven, E. van der. Origine et but de la Fondation Teyler . . . 1881.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Teyler Foundation (Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 2 Feb 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Teyler_Foundation_(Haarlem,_Noord-Holland,_Netherlands)&oldid=110022.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Teyler Foundation (Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 February 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Teyler_Foundation_(Haarlem,_Noord-Holland,_Netherlands)&oldid=110022.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 703. All rights reserved.

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