100th Anniversary

One hundred years ago, on August 11, 1911, William B. Eerdmans and Brant Sevensma signed articles of association incorporating the Eerdmans-Sevensma Company. The company’s stated purpose that day was “to buy and sell, at wholesale and at retail, domestic and imported books, pamphlets, charts, pictures and all kinds of printed and illustrated matter, stationary and library supplies and the acquirement of manuscripts for publication and sale.”

Eerdmans doesn’t sell much stationary anymore, but it has proudly kept on acquiring, publishing, and selling books — “the finest in religious literature,” as Wm. B. Eerdmans Sr. would say — for one hundred years.

Thanks for celebrating our centennial with us. We hope you’ll enjoy perusing this page — full of happy memories, great books, and bright hope for our next century together.


A Message From the President
Jesus calls us from the hellish tedium of me, me, me,
To the adoration of the te Deum —
Calls us cantus firmus that we may be one, dying and rising in Him.
Carpe diem!
Our century’s ‘bout solid gone;
Thank all of you, come and gone alike, for going along with us this long way.

— Bill Eerdmans

Anniversary Links
100 Years, 100 Memorable Books
Timeline of Notable Events
How a Book Is Made (1940s Edition)
How a Book Is Made (2011 Edition)
Interview with Larry ten Harmsel
Jon Pott Looks Back
Remembering the Old Eerdman's Building
Grand Rapids Press Feature Story
Photo Scrapbook