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Vernon J. Ehlers Collection

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Personal

Student Years

Post Graduate Correspondence

Research

Class Lectures

Student Evaluations

Calvin College Faculty

Kent County Board of Commissioners

Michigan House of Representatives and Senate

United States Congress

United States Congress

Election campaigns

Legislation

Reference material

Invitations

Awards and Honors

Subject files

Photographs

Media Relations

Ehlers' Campaigns

Constituent Gifts

Aeronautics and Aerospace

Plaques and Awards

Certificates

Photographs

Republican Party

Buttons, Decals, Patches, Memorabilia

Legislation

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Vernon J. Ehlers Collection, 1955-2010 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Vernon J. Ehlers Collection, 1955-2010

ID: COLL/525

Primary Creator: Vernon James Ehlers (1934-2017)

Extent: 93.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of physics at Calvin College; and a politician (Kent County Board Commissioner, State Representative, State Senator, and Federal Congressman). The collection details Ehlers’ political career including committee service and bills sponsored/co-sponsored, plus his earlier academic career. The collection includes biographical data, resolutions, reports, news releases, memorandums, correspondence, notes, speeches, bills, proclamations, acts, concept papers, house statements, articles, remarks, political campaign material, testimonies, debates, awards, papers, interviews, handouts, studies, appointment books/cards/lists/schedules/sheets, news clippings, videos, cassettes, DVDs, posters, photographs, and artifacts.

Biographical Note

Vernon James Ehlers is the youngest of the four children of Rev. John William Christian and Alice Cornelia (née Doorn) Ehlers, born on 6 Feb 1934 in Pipestone, MN. He suffered from severe asthma as a child and as a consequence was unable to attend school. He was home- and self-schooled and received a diploma from Edgerton (MN) Christian School and did his high school work via correspondence. He attended Calvin College, 1952-1955; and the University of California, Berkeley, from which he received an AB in 1956 and a PhD in 1960; his doctoral dissertation was “The Nuclear Spins and Moments of Several Radioactive Gallium Isotopes.”

He taught and conducted scientific research at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, 1956-1966, and joined the Physics Department of Calvin College in 1966, ultimately serving as department chair. He was a member of the Faculty Organization Study Committee (FOSCO), 1968-1977, that developed a new faculty governance system for the college, whose enrollment had grown from 500 in 1945 to 3,200 when Ehlers joined the faculty. He left the college faculty in 1983 to serve in the Michigan Legislature.

Ehlers was elected to the Kent County Board of Commissioners, 1975-1983; the Michigan House of Representatives, 1983-1985; and the Michigan Senate, 1985-1993. In 1993 he won a special election in Michigan’s 5th District (later 3rd), after the death of former fellow faculty member Congress Member Paul B. Henry (Coll. 357) and won a full term in 1994, and subsequent elections, serving until 2011.

Ehlers married Johanna Meulink on 14 Jun 1958; they have four children: Heidi, Brian, Marla, and Todd. The Ehlers were founding members of Faith Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Walnut Creek, CA, in 1961.


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[Series 1: Personal, 1955-2010],
[Series 2: Student Years, 1955-1960],
[Series 3: Post Graduate Correspondence, 1960-1967],
[Series 4: Research, 1962-1968],
[Series 5: Class Lectures, 1967-1979],
[Series 6: Student Evaluations, 1979-1982, n.d.],
[Series 7: Calvin College Faculty, 1963-1983],
[Series 8: Kent County Board of Commissioners, 1878-1982],
[Series 9: Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, 1982-1993],
[Series 10: United States Congress, 1993-2012],
[Series 11: United States Congress, 1993-2012],
[Series 12: Election campaigns],
[Series 13: Legislation],
[Series 14: Reference material],
[Series 15: Invitations],
[Series 16: Awards and Honors],
[Series 17: Subject files],
[Series 18: Photographs],
[Series 19: Media Relations],
[Series 20: Ehlers' Campaigns],
[Series 21: Constituent Gifts],
[Series 22: Aeronautics and Aerospace],
[Series 23: Plaques and Awards],
[Series 24: Certificates],
[Series 25: Photographs],
[Series 26: Republican Party],
[Series 27: Buttons, Decals, Patches, Memorabilia],
[Series 28: Legislation],
[Series 29: Miscellaneous],
[All]

Series 9: Michigan House of Representatives and Senate --- 1982-1993
Box 19
Folder 1: Nominating Petition -Pri --- May-82
Folder 2: Michigan Representative Campaign --- 1982
Folder 3: Michigan 1982 Representative Campaign -PAC Questionnaires
Folder 4: Michigan Representative Election - Congratulations --- 1982
Folder 5: Michigan Representative -Nominating Petition --- 1984
Folder 6: Michigan 1984 Representative Campaign -PAC Questionnaires
Folder 7: Michigan Representative Re-election Campaign --- 1984
Folder 8: Certificate of Election -Michigan State Representative --- 1984
Folder 9: Michigan Representative Re-election - Congratulations --- 1984
Box 20
Folder 1: Speaking/Appearance Schedules --- 1983
Folder 2: Speaking/Appearance Schedules --- 1985
Folder 3: Outlines for Talks at Northwoods Conference --- Jul-83
Folder 4: MAAPT (MSU) -A Physicist's View from Inside the State Capitol --- November 5, 1983
Folder 5: Rap Tap Article -"Tax and Cut, Tax and Cut!" --- February 18, 1983
Folder 6: Article -"What Are You Voting For?" --- May-84
Folder 7: City-County Cooperation --- 1984
Folder 8: Speech for G.R. Exchange Club -"One Nation Under God" --- November 11, 1985
Folder 9: Speech at Grand Valley State University -"A Scientist in the Senate" --- 1985
Folder 10: Planner --- 1985
Folder 11: News Clippings --- 1982-1985
Folder 12: Michigan House Bill No. 4489 -Solid Waste --- 1985
Folder 13: Appointment Books --- 1983-1986
Folder 14: Ehlers Reports --- 1983-1985
Box 21
Folder 1: Correspondence (sampled) --- 1982-1983
Folder 3: Correspondence (sampled) --- May-Aug 1984
Folder 4: Correspondence (sampled) --- Sep-Dec 1984
Folder 5: Correspondence --- Jan-Feb 1985
Folder 6: Correspondence (sampled) --- Mar-Dec 1985
Folder 7: Correspondence RE: Possible Nomination for Secretary of Interior --- 1983
Box 22
Folder 1: News Clippings and Related Material RE: State Senate Candidacy --- 1984
Folder 2: Drafts of Material Used in Campaign for State Senate --- 1985
Folder 3: Brochure for State Senate Campaign --- 1985
Folder 4: Michigan Senate (Special Election) -Campaign Materials --- 1985
Folder 5: Michigan Senate (Special Election) -Press Releases --- 1985
Folder 6: Michigan Senate (Special Election) --- 1985
Folder 7: Michigan Senate (Special election) -Congratulations --- 1985
Folder 8: Oath of Office -Michigan State Representative (1983) and Senator (1985)
Folder 9: Michigan Senate Re-election
Folder 10: Candidate Questionnaires -Senate Election --- 1986
Folder 11: Michigan Senate Re-election -Congratulations --- 1986
Box 23
Folder 1: State Senate Campaign Literature --- 1987
Folder 2: "No Trash" Promise Taken by V.J.E. -Pri --- May-93
Folder 3: Michigan Senate Re-election --- 1990
Folder 4: Michigan Senate Re-election -Congratulations --- 1990
Folder 5: Certificate of Election -Michigan Senate --- 1985, 1986, 1990
Folder 6: Michigan Senate (Special Election) --- 1985
Folder 7: Memos --- 1989-1992
Folder 8: Memos --- 1993
Folder 9: Staff Memos --- 1990
Folder 10: License Plate as State Senator of 36 District
Folder 11: State Senate Guides to Government (Constituent Handouts)
Folder 12: State Senate News Releases --- 1985-1993
Folder 13: "Profs in Politics" -Calvin Spark --- 1989
Folder 14: Lansing State Journal Articles Related to V.J.E. --- 1987
Folder 15: List of State Senate
Box 24
Folder 1: Vern Ehlers Reports (State Senate) --- 1988-1992
Folder 2: Tributes
Folder 3: First Hunting License Issued Electronically -Result of V.J.E. Legislation --- 1994
Folder 4: News Clippings --- 1993
Folder 5: Attendance and Voting Records --- 1985-1992
Folder 6: Record of V.J.E. Attendance and Voting Totals for Senate Legislative Session --- 1992
Folder 7-12: Speaking/Appearance Schedules --- 1986-1991
Folder 13: Personal Trivia --- 1986
Folder 14: Invitation Reagan In Augural --- 1985
Folder 15: Miscellaneous Items
Folder 16: News Clippings -State House --- 1987-1988
Folder 17: Memberships --- 1967-1970
Folder 18: Recognition Resolutions -Michigan Senate --- 1985-1993
Folder 19: Report on Trip to Germany to Discuss Environmental Concerns --- 1990
Folder 20: Barrie Konicov Suit --- 1994
Folder 21: National Conference of State Legislatures -Environmental Committee --- 1991
Folder 22: CRC World Hunger Task Force Member --- 1991-1993
Folder 23: Documents RE: Civil Lawsuit V.J. Ehlers Et Al -Plaintiffs v Michigan Republican Central Committee --- 1987
Box 25
Folder 1: "Melting Pot or Boiling Cauldron?" -Banner Article --- 1986
Folder 2: Speech - "Chemical Dependency" --- April 3, 1986
Folder 3: Speech - Wayne State Alumni -"Looking into the Crystal Ball" --- November 21, 1986
Folder 4: Speech - W. Michigan University Class - "Political Decision Making" --- March 30, 1987
Folder 5: Speech - Kent Intermediate School District -"Reform or Refine?" --- February 7, 1987
Folder 6: Speech - "The Politics of Garbage" --- 1989
Folder 7: Speech - MMA Environ: Conference "What Are Those Idiots Going to Do Next?" --- November 14, 1989
Folder 8: Speeches RE: Health Care --- 1989
Folder 9: Speech -"The Politics of History" - Historical Preservation --- 1989
Folder 10: Articles for G.R. Business Journal --- 1988-1989
Folder 11: Article -"Why I Like My Mac" --- 1989
Folder 12: Article -"A Cleaner Environment: Who Pays?" --- 1990
Folder 13: Convocation Speech at Grand Valley University -"The Politics of Life" --- August 28, 1990
Folder 14: Speech - Ferris State Prayer Breakfast -"Power, Politics, and Prayer" --- September 4, 1991
Folder 15
Item 1: Speeches - MMA Environmental Conference - Environment Law Seminar --- October 3, 1990
Item 2: Speeches - MMA Environmental Conference - "Environmental Liability" --- October 10, 1990
Folder 16: Speech - ASA -"The Role of a Christian Physicist in Society" --- November 10, 1990
Folder 17: Speech - National Issues Forum, 28 --- September 28, 1990
Folder 18: Speech - Eastminster Presbyterian Church -"The 90s -Tough Issues; Tough Choices" --- September 29, 1990
Folder 19: Speech - ITT Tech Institute Graduation --- August 30, 1990
Folder 20: Notes - Speech on President Clinton's Health Care Plan --- Sep-93
Folder 21: Speeches: "Politics, Politicians, and People," "Is Politics Hazardous to Your Health?," "Legislative Dynamics," "Politics: Paradox and Perplexity" --- undated
Folder 22: Speech to National Energy Program Managers -Montana -How Influence Legislation Without Being a Lobbyist --- September 12, 1991
Folder 23: Speech to Care Unit of Grand Rapids --- December 9, 1991
Folder 24: Various Articles by VJE --- 1988-1991
Folder 25: Articles for Kent County GOP Newsletters --- 1987-1991
Folder 26: Speech to Energy Councils -"If Energy Were Purple" --- 1992
Folder 27: Speech for West Michigan Healthcare Executive Group -"Health Care Reform: Impact on Michigan" --- 1992
Folder 28: Speech to Michigan Travel and Tourism Association -"Fatherly Advice to the Tourism Industry" --- 1993
Folder 29: Speech to Metal Finishers Association -"The Great Lakes Initiative" --- 1993
Folder 30: Speech to Calvin Interim Class -"Political, Decision Making" --- 1993
Folder 31: Speech for Sons and Daughters of American Revolution --- 1993
Folder 32: Speech at Richmond Reformed Church -"Relation of Christian Faith to Politics" --- 1994
Folder 33: Commencement Speech -"The Jock, the Nerd, and the Whale" -Calvin --- 1994
Folder 34: Speech for World Affairs Council -"The U.S. Role in the New World Order" --- 1994
Folder 35: Banner Article: "Walking on the Moon with God" --- 1994
Box 26
Folder 1: Rededication Program of State Capitol Building (VJE was committee member) --- 1992
Folder 2: State Senate Resolutions
Folder 3: South African Divestiture (HB 4470) -Substitute Bill --- 1986
Folder 4: School Finance Reform --- 1990
Folder 5: Senate Bill 521 --- 1993
Folder 6: Senate Bill No. 718 --- 1993
Folder 7: Michigan Senate Bill 257 (Environmental Code) --- 1994
Folder 8: NCSL (National Council of State Legislators) -Orlando --- 1991
Folder 9: NCSL Environment Committee Concerns --- 1989-1990
Folder 10: Counselor Licensure SB 386/387, SB 604/605
Folder 11: Program and Picture -Senator Vanden Berg Celebration --- 1987
Folder 12: Detroit News Articles Relating to V.J.E. --- 1987
Box 27
Folder 1: "Irrational" Correspondence Received-State Senate --- 1985-1988
Folder 2: Correspondence to and from Constituents (sampled) --- 1985-1988
Folder 3: State Senate -Miscellaneous Correspondence (sampled) --- Jan - Apr 1986
Folder 4-6: State Senate Correspondence (sampled) --- May 1986 -1987
Folder 7: Correspondence RE: Kent County Health Department Lab --- 1987
Folder 8-10: State Senate Correspondence --- 1988-1990
Folder 11: Correspondence RE: HB 5273 (Lake Preservation) --- 1990
Folder 12: Correspondence RE: SB 330 (Obscenity) --- 1990
Folder 13: Correspondence RE: Election for Senate President Pro Tempore --- 1990
Folder 14: Correspondence RE: SB 288 (Battery Disposal) --- 1990
Folder 15: Correspondence RE: HB 4654 etc. (Ground Water Protection) --- 1990
Folder 16: Correspondence RE: HB 4979 (Off Road Vehicles) --- 1990
Folder 17: "Irrational" Correspondence Received --- 1989-1990
Folder 18: Correspondence RE: HB 5313 (Insurance Issues) --- 1990
Folder 19: Correspondence RE: HB 5168 (Electrical Regulations) --- 1990
Folder 20: Correspondence RE: HB 4654-4657 (Well Drilling) --- 1990
Box 28
Folder 1: Correspondence RE: Murray Lake Development --- 1990
Folder 2: Correspondence RE: Abortion --- 1990
Folder 3: Correspondence RE: HB 5885-5886 -School Funding --- 1990
Folder 4: Correspondence RE: SB 517 (Licensing of Social Workers) --- 1990
Folder 5: Correspondence RE: SB 637 (Clean Water Action) --- 1990
Folder 6: Correspondence RE: Bo Schemberchler's Comments to Senate --- 1990
Folder 7: Correspondence RE: SB 813 (Gun Control) --- 1990
Folder 8: "Tea Party" RE: Constitutional Revision --- 1990
Folder 9: Correspondence RE: HB 4764 (Handicap Rights) --- 1990
Folder 10: Correspondence RE: SB 584 (Medical Resident's Hours) --- 1990
Folder 11: Correspondence RE: SB 375 (Environmental Enforcement) --- 1990
Folder 12: Correspondence RE: HB 5537 (Property Taxes) --- 1990
Folder 13: Correspondence RE: School Finance Reform --- 1990
Folder 14: Correspondence RE: Cigarette Taxes --- 1990
Folder 15: Correspondence RE: SB 884 (Family Planning) --- 1990
Folder 16: Correspondence RE: SB 89 (Radioactive Waste Disposal) --- 1990
Folder 17: "Irrational" Correspondence Received -State Senate --- 1991-1993
Folder 18: State Senate Correspondence --- 1991
Folder 19: State Senate Correspondence --- 1992
Folder 20: State Senate Correspondence --- 1993
Folder 21: Letter to a Constituent Stating VJE Views on Major Issues --- 1993
Folder 22: Correspondence RE: Nomination for President of Michigan State University --- 1993
Folder 23: Letter to the Flint Journal --- Oct-88
Folder 24: Presentation -"Saving Time Through Technology" -National Conference of State Legislators --- 1990
Folder 25: Conversation with Steve Bosworth -Issues: NAFTA, Israel, Former USSR --- Sep-93
Folder 26: Letter to G.R. Press RE: Transition from State Senate to Congress --- Dec-93
Folder 27: "The Michigan Statuary Will"
Folder 28: Statement Made RE: Breast Cancer Funding -State Senate --- 1993
Folder 29: Press Conference -Michigan Property Taxes --- 1986
Folder 30: Correspondence to and from Constituents -State Senate (sampled) --- Jan-93
Folder 31: Correspondence with Governor Engler --- 1993
Box 29
Folder 1: State Senate --- 1986-1988
Folder 2-3: State Senate (and correspondence) --- 1990-1992, June 1993
Folder 4: State Senate --- Jna 1993
Folder 5: State Senate --- Feb-93
Folder 6: State Senate --- Mar-Sep 1993
Folder 7: Enrolled Senate --- 1993
Box 30
Folder 1: Book (State Senate) --- 1987
Folder 2: Cards --- 1987
Folder 3: Book (State Senate) --- 1988
Folder 4: Lists --- 1988
Folder 5: Cards, Jan- --- Jan-Mar 1988
Folder 6: Book (State Senate) --- 1989
Folder 7: Lists --- 1989
Box 31
Folder 1: Book (State Senate) --- 1990
Folder 2: Lists --- 1990
Folder 3: Book (State Senate) --- 1991
Folder 4: Lists --- 1991
Folder 5: Book (State Senate) --- 1992
Box 32
Folder 1: Lists --- 1992
Folder 2: Book (State Senate) --- 1993
Folder 3: Lists --- Jan-Jun 1993
Folder 4: Lists --- Jul-Dec 1993
Folder 5: Daily Sheets  (Congress) --- Jan 1-20, 1994

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal, 1955-2010],
[Series 2: Student Years, 1955-1960],
[Series 3: Post Graduate Correspondence, 1960-1967],
[Series 4: Research, 1962-1968],
[Series 5: Class Lectures, 1967-1979],
[Series 6: Student Evaluations, 1979-1982, n.d.],
[Series 7: Calvin College Faculty, 1963-1983],
[Series 8: Kent County Board of Commissioners, 1878-1982],
[Series 9: Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, 1982-1993],
[Series 10: United States Congress, 1993-2012],
[Series 11: United States Congress, 1993-2012],
[Series 12: Election campaigns],
[Series 13: Legislation],
[Series 14: Reference material],
[Series 15: Invitations],
[Series 16: Awards and Honors],
[Series 17: Subject files],
[Series 18: Photographs],
[Series 19: Media Relations],
[Series 20: Ehlers' Campaigns],
[Series 21: Constituent Gifts],
[Series 22: Aeronautics and Aerospace],
[Series 23: Plaques and Awards],
[Series 24: Certificates],
[Series 25: Photographs],
[Series 26: Republican Party],
[Series 27: Buttons, Decals, Patches, Memorabilia],
[Series 28: Legislation],
[Series 29: Miscellaneous],
[All]


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