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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

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