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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 10: United States Congress --- 1993-2012Add to your cart.
Correspondence
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: From Students at Jenison Christian School RE: Land DevelopmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Calvin Commencement Speech -"The Jock, the Nerd, and the Whale" --- May 21, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Constituent Letter RE: Assault Weapon Ban --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Testimony Before Subcommittee on Rules and Organization --- May 24, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 6: RE: Gun Control Vote --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Booklet from St. Alphonsus Third Grade Class --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Congressman Vernon Ehlers -District Report --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 9: RE: Congressional Computer System Issues --- 1994-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 10: General --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Science Related --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 13: RE: Health Issues --- 1997-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Science Related --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Miscellaneous --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence --- 1998Add to your cart.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Happy Thanksgiving" Cards from Creston Christian 3rd Graders --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Science Related --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Thank You from Cherry Creek Elementary School Students --- November 30, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 5: RE: Education Issues --- 1999-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Science Related --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence RE: Great Lakes Task Force --- 2001-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Science Related --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence RE: Iraq --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Science Related --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Personal Letter to President G.W. Bush RE: Use of Force in Iraq --- September 27, 2002Add to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous --- 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Science Related --- 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous --- 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Science Related --- 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 6: State Department --- 2005-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 7: RE: President G.W. Bush's Commencement Address --- 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Science Related --- 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 9-10: General --- 2005-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence --- 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Thank You" Notes from Cannonsburg 4th Grade ClassAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Thank You" Notes from Byron Center Christian School StudentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Birthday Wishes from Presidents and Vice PresidentsAdd to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Folder 1: RE: Carrier USS G.R. Ford --- 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Birthday Wishes --- 2007 & 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Science Related --- 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Note of Thanks from Governor Mitt Romney --- 6-SepAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: RE: Foreign Affairs Issues --- 2006-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous --- 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 7: RE: New Boundary Definitions for Metropolitan Areas --- 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Science Related --- 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 9: From Calvin Students RE: Genocide in Darfur --- 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Miscellaneous --- 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Science Related --- 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Thank You's" --- 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Miscellaneous --- 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 14: RE: Renaming of Ionia Post Office --- 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 15: House of Representative Bill 6577 -Related Correspondence --- 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Science Related --- 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 17: General --- 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Thank you notes from Shawnee M/S/T Academy Class --- 10-MarAdd to your cart.
Folder 19-21: General --- 2010-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Congratulations from Members of Congress and Others --- various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Ehler Family Christmas Letters --- 1990-2004Add 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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