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

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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 23: Plaques and AwardsAdd to your cart.
Box 85Add to your cart.
Item 1: Air and Waste Management Association --- 2001Add to your cart.
Item 2: American Association of Physics Teachers --- 2011Add to your cart.
Item 3: American Optometric Association --- 2009Add to your cart.
Item 4: American Shareholders Association --- 2000Add to your cart.
Item 5: American Small Manufacturers Coalition --- 2008Add to your cart.
Item 6: American Society for Engineering Education --- 2000Add to your cart.
Item 7: American Society of Association Executives --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 8: Aquatic Nuisance Species --- 2004Add to your cart.
Item 9: Congressional Boating Caucus --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Congressional office bronze wall plateAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Contract with America --- 1996Add to your cart.
Item 12: Council of Government Affairs --- 1996Add to your cart.
Item 13: Council of Scientific Society presidents --- 1996Add to your cart.
Item 14: Crime Fighter --- 2005Add to your cart.
Item 15: Great Lake Commission --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 16: Heron Court Apartments --- 2004Add to your cart.
Item 17: Honorary Job Corps Member --- 2008Add to your cart.
Item 18: Kent County Remonumention --- 2001Add to your cart.
Item 19: Legislative Advocate of the Year --- 2008Add to your cart.
Item 20: Metropolitan Foundation --- 1997Add to your cart.
Item 21: Michigan Association for Media Education --- 2008Add to your cart.
Item 22: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics --- 2005Add to your cart.
Item 23: Michigan Dept. of Public Health --- 1990Add to your cart.
Item 24: Michigan Head Start Association --- 2008Add to your cart.
Item 25: Michigan Recreation and Parks Association --- 2007Add to your cart.
Item 26: National Migrant and Season Head Start Association --- 2004Add to your cart.
Item 27: National Rehabilitation Association --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 28: Science Coalition --- 1997Add to your cart.
Item 29: Scleroderma Foundation --- 2009Add to your cart.
Item 30: Small Business Advocate --- 1994-2004Add to your cart.
Item 31: Spirit of Enterprise Award --- 1994Add to your cart.
Item 32: U.S. Army Recruiting --- 2002Add to your cart.
Box 86Add to your cart.
Item 1: North Country Scenic Trail Vanguard --- 2002Add to your cart.
Item 2: Grand Rapids Right to Life --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 3: Green the Capitol --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Barry County Republicans --- 2004Add to your cart.
Box 87Add to your cart.
Item 1: Plumbing Manufacturers Institute --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Grand Valley Metropolitan Council award --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 3: Conservation Service Citation --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Michigan Science Teachers Association --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 5: Federal 100Add to your cart.
Box 88Add to your cart.
Item 2: Century Council --- 2007Add to your cart.
Item 3: David Van Andel Life Sciences Award --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 4: Guardian of Small Business --- c2006, c2008, c2010Add to your cart.
Item 5: NAACP --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 6: National Society of Professional Engineers --- 2001Add to your cart.
Item 7: Police Officers of MichiganAdd to your cart.
Box 92Add to your cart.
Item 1: America Institute of Biological Sciences --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Amerikam award in a display globe --- 2004Add to your cart.
Item 3: Associated Builders and Contractors --- c1997Add to your cart.
Item 4: Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Center for Inquiry Award --- c2008Add to your cart.
Item 6: Columbia (damaged plaster statue) --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Council on Competitiveness --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 8: Elephant head (brass sculpture) --- 1998Add to your cart.
Item 9: Industrial Fasteners Institute --- 1998Add to your cart.
Item 10: Jack Kinsington Theme Team --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Michigan Police Officers --- 2008Add to your cart.
Box 93Add to your cart.
Item 1: National Association of Manufacturers --- c2002Add to your cart.
Item 2: NFIB --- 2007Add to your cart.
Item 3: Spirit of Enterprise Award --- 2009Add to your cart.
Item 4: STOMP --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Thomas Jefferson --- 2002Add to your cart.
Item 6: Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education --- 2004Add to your cart.
Item 7: West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Association --- 2009Add to your cart.
Item 8: Wolverine World Wide --- 1993-2010Add 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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