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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],
[All]

Series 19: Media RelationsAdd to your cart.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ehlers on McNeil/Leher News Hour --- September 5, 1995Add to your cart.
#1
Item 2: Remembrance Service for 9/11 Victims in Grand Rapids --- September 15, 2001Add to your cart.
#4
Item 3: GVSU Convocation --- October 11, 2002Add to your cart.
#5
Item 4: Ehlers on WOODTV8 About Possible Dole Running Mates --- August 7, 1996Add to your cart.
#6
Item 5: Ehlers on PBS "West Michigan Week" --- October 30, 1998Add to your cart.
#8
Item 6: Ehlers Testimony on C-SPAN Flow Control Debate --- 1994Add to your cart.
#9
Item 7: WGVU Town Hall Meeting -Voices and Choices --- October 21, 2004Add to your cart.
#10
Item 8: "Ehlers on Thursday Night Live" -Baby Boomers Bash --- undatedAdd to your cart.
#29
Item 9: Press Conference -Environmental Groups --- June 13, 1990Add to your cart.
#30
Item 10: Ceremonial Swearing in of State Senator Ehlers --- April 16, 1985Add to your cart.
#31
Item 11: Diwali Video --- 1997Add to your cart.
#32
Item 12: Ehlers Radio 30 EndorsementAdd to your cart.
#33
Item 13: Ehlers Ruff Mix Radio SpotsAdd to your cart.
#34
Item 14: Economics Club of Grand Rapids --- November 21, 1994Add to your cart.
#35
Item 15: "Bio" "Testimonial" "Issues" "RTL"Add to your cart.
#36
Item 16: "Saturn" "Balanced Budget"Add to your cart.
#38
Item 17: "The Difference" "Energy"Add to your cart.
#39
Item 18: Jim Dunn Radio SpotAdd to your cart.
#40
Item 19: We Parliamentary Debate --- December 1989Add to your cart.
#41
Item 20: Agent Orange Press Conference --- Apr-87Add to your cart.
#42
Box 75Add to your cart.
Folder 1: VJE on HR2086 --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Codec to Washington, D.C. from Grandville HS --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 3: VJE on West Michigan Week TV Show --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Podesta Matoon -Interview with VJE --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Aviation News Today --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Local Legacies Interview --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Speech -Energy Efficiency --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: NMSF Leadership Awards --- 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Internet Talk Radio InterviewAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Rockford Town Meeting --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: WKZO Interview --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 12: WGVU Morning Show -Human Cloning with JVE and H. Bouma --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Voice of America Interview -Sierra Leone --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 14: G.R. Ford Museum --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Speech -Computer Year --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 16: WOOD TV Interview with Gordon Gould --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Speech -"Prevention Works!" --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 18: GVSU Interview --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 19: WKZO Interview --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 20: WGRD Community Focus Interview --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 21: ASME Ward --- 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Keel Laying Ceremony -USS G.R. FordAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Speech -"We the People: The US Constitution and You" --- 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 24: WGVU West Michigan Week -Rinck and VJE --- 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 25: American Family Association Report -Cloning --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 26: GVSU Radio Show -Local LegaciesAdd to your cart.
Box 76Add to your cart.
Item 1: Live at the Loop -Ehlers Bash --- 1990Add to your cart.
#2
Item 2: Ehlers Speech at 125th Anniversary of GR Public Library --- June 1, 1996Add to your cart.
#3
Item 3: ASA/Calvin Speech --- July 31, 2006Add to your cart.
#11
Item 4: ADPA Summit --- 2009Add to your cart.
#12
Item 5: Inner Compass Show -Fighting for Life on the Hill --- undatedAdd to your cart.
#13
Item 6: Ehlers Speech -"Physicists and congress -A Weak Interaction" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
#14
Item 7: Ehlers Speech -"Is Capitol Hill Another Planet?" --- March 25, 2005Add to your cart.
#15
Item 8: "The Personal Life of VJE" as Told to C. E. Collins, Sr. --- August 23, 2005Add to your cart.
#16
Item 9: Town Hall Call Meetings --- 5/22/07, 6/20/07, 9/24/07Add to your cart.
#17
Item 10: Ehlers Portrait Unveiling --- 2010Add to your cart.
#18
Item 11: Story Corps Interview -Vern Ehler --- October 11, 2009Add to your cart.
#19
Item 12: C-Span Washington Journal with Ehlers --- September 28, 2006Add to your cart.
#20
Item 13: Ehlers Retirement Celebration --- October 11, 2010Add to your cart.
#21
Item 14: American Red Cross Heroes Program --- May 14, 2010Add to your cart.
#22
Item 15: WGVU Newsmakers with Ehlers and Fred --- December 13, 2006Add to your cart.
#23
Item 16: WGVU Newsmakers with Ehlers and Sanchez --- August 28, 2008Add to your cart.
#24
Item 17: Ehlers West Michigan Week Special --- January 6, 2006Add to your cart.
#25
Item 18: What Doth the Lord Require of Thee? (recorded to encourage Ehlers)Add to your cart.
#26
Item 19: Center for Inquiry -Michigan --- November 2007Add to your cart.
#27
Box 77Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The U.S. Court System and YouAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: VJE on C-SPAN --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 3: United Airlines Interview with VJEAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Your Executive Branch and YouAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Your Court System and YouAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Science Odyssey Interview --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: VJE on C-SPAN --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Aviation New Today Show --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Swearing in of VJE --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The U.S. Congress and YouAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Town Hall MeetingAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Science Policy Study Press Conference -1998 --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 13: University of Michigan SpeechAdd to your cart.
Folder 14-16: Congressional Families PSAs House Statements --- 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 17: III --- 2010Add to your cart.
Box 78Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Clips and Medicare Comments --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Three Candidates for Paul Henry's SeatAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Swearing in of VJE -US House of Representatives --- January 25, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Swearing in of State Senate --- January 1, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Third District Congressional Debate --- November 11, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 6: WKTV Town Hall DebateAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: VJE News ClipsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: FHN United Round Table Broadcast --- October 3, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Town Meeting After --- September 11, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 10: WOODTV News -C-SPAN 1992 -JFK School of Government --- October 10, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Calvin College Commencement --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Ehlers for Congress --- November 9, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Channel 13 -Clinton Sex Scandal --- January 22, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Ehlers for Congress --- November 17, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Interview with Susanne Geha TV8Add to your cart.
Box 79Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Armey Support Speech on Floor -Interview with Susanne Geha --- 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 2: VJE Lincoln Day Video --- February 9, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Channel 8 Report on Comradery in Congress --- June 10, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Inner Compass -"Fighting for Life on the Hill" --- 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Westside Library Dedication --- April 4, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 6: WOODTV8 Remembrance and Resolve --- September 15, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Economic Club Speech --- November 21, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Christians and Politics -Zion Reformed Church --- September 14, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Calvin College Commencement --- May 2, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Third District Debate --- January 29, 2016Add to your cart.
Folder 11: WGVU West Michigan Week --- October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Loeb Lectures in Physics -Harvard --- October 21, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: WGVU West Michigan Week --- January 4, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 14: WOODTV8 -Vern Ehlers --- November 3, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Ehlers Congressional Commercials --- 1993Add 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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