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Vernon J. Ehlers Collection

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Biographical Note

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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

Miscellaneous



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Collection Overview

Title: Vernon J. Ehlers Collection, 1955-2010Add to your cart.

ID: MSS/525

Primary Creator: Vernon James Ehlers (1934-2017)

Extent: 93.0 Boxes

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],
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Series 17: Subject filesAdd to your cart.
Box 70Add to your cart.
Folder 1: National Prayer Breakfasts --- 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Johanna Ehlers ItemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Original SignaturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Jokes and Adages (various sources)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Flight Certificate -Air Force One with G. W. BushAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Congress for Students --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Bach Festival Poster --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Vern's Goals --- 1999, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Staff Retreat --- 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Aspen Summit -Cyberspace and the American Dream --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Co. Sponsorship Drinking Water Legislation --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 12: H.J. Resolution -Flag Protection (Ehlers opposed) --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 13: AAAS 1996 Science and Technology Yearbook -Chapter on Congressional Perspectives on Science and Technology Issues for FY --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Adoption Decree" (as our leader) -Calvin Christian 6th Grade Class --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Congressional Information Technology (Cyber Congress) --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 16: President Bill Clinton Impeachment --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 17: DC Staff Memos --- 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 18: President Ford -Congressional Gold Medal --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Governor John Engler Inauguration --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Pastoral Prayer at Eastern Avenue CRC --- December 30, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Congressional Picture Directory --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Congressional Picture Directory (107th Congress)Add to your cart.
Vault 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Original Signature -Gerald FordAdd to your cart.
Box 71Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Highlights of Accomplishments and Results -George W. Bush --- 2001-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Announcement to Run for Re-election --- May 6, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Involvement with Local Schools --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Ripon Forum Interview with V.J.E. -Creating a Better Curriculum --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: ETS Staff Memos --- 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 6: George Bush -State of the Union --- 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ribbon Cuttings -Paul B. Henry Freeway and Rapid International Terminal --- 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 8: President G. W. Bush -Calvin Commencement --- 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 9: John Dingell Tribute (Autographed) --- 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Items for Chairman House Administration Committee --- 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 11: ETS Staff Memos --- 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Grand Rapids Press -Editorial on V.J.E. Chairman of House Administration Committee --- Jan 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Iraq War Opposition --- 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Funeral Service Program for President Gerald Ford --- January 3, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Gerald Ford (2007) and Betty Ford (2011) FuneralsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Certificate of Proclamation Libraries --- 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 17: National Prayer Breakfasts ] --- 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Certificate of Completion of Private Pilot Ground School --- 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Retirement --- 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Retirement Thank You Notes and Cards --- 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Various Media Releases RE: V.J.E. Retirement Announcement --- 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station --- 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Ribbon from Opening of Grand Rapids Amtrak Station Named for V.J.E. --- October 27, 2014Add to your cart.

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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