- For almost 33 years, Cornelis (Kees) van Minnen served with distinction as the director of the Roosevelt Study Center (RSC) in Middelburg, the Netherlands. During his tenure from 1984 through 2016, the RSC developed from an idea into a highly appreciated and renowned center for the study of American history and U.S.-European relations. Nelson Mandela characterized the RSC as "a famous center of excellence." With its growing number of U.S. archival collections, the RSC attracted thousands of researchers from several continents and featured a vibrant program of international conferences, seminars, public lectures, Ph.D. and other research projects, and a steady flow of publications. In appreciation of Cornelis van Minnen's more than three decades of dedication to the RSC and of his many contributions to the study of American history and U.S.-European relations, a stellar cast of European and American scholars band together in this Festschrift with a mosaic of essays about America as varied as their current interests in U.S. history and culture.