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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 14: Reference materialAdd to your cart.
Box 67Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Republican Science Agenda: Accomplishments, etc. --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Health Care Reform --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Rap Tab Article -"Congressional Republicans See a New Future" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: GVSU Forum -Article on PBS --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: George C. Marshall Institute Article -"Scientists, the People, and the 105th Congress" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Article -"Christians, Politics, and the Environment" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Dutch International Society Magazine Article -"In the Beginning, God Created the Heavens and the Earth" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: West Michigan Magazine-The Calvin Connection -"Making Room for Politics" --- 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 9: AMIS Newsletter Article -"Recycling a Certain Part of Our Future" --- 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Article -"Up in Michigan: Lessons for Becoming a Majority" --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Banner Article -"Walking on the Moon with God" --- Jul-94Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Catalyst Journal Article -"Up in Michigan: Lessons for Becoming a Majority" --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 13: National Journal Article on Team Gingrich --- January 14, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Kent County News and Views Articles --- 1995-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Michigan Chamber of Commerce Article -"Approaching an Electronic Democracy" --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Roll Call Article -"Beyond the Cyberhype" --- Oct-95Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Masha Article -"The Need for Reform" --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Michigan International Lawyer Article -"MFN -An Anachronistic Impediment to Foreign Policy" --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Editorials and Letters to Editors --- 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Journal of College Science Teaching Guest Editorial -"Science Literacy and the US Congress" --- Nov-97Add to your cart.
Folder 21: The Future of Science Policy -From Speech at National Academy of Sciences Meeting --- October 1, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Unlocking Our Future (Compiled by VJE) --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Genetically Modified Foods -Given at British-American Conference --- November 14, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Your Gas Tax Buys Roads, Not Flowers!" --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Dana Alliance Member News Article -"Unlocking Our Future- Through Science" --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Shoreline Business Monthly Article -"Air 21 Means an Investment in Aviation" --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Hofstra Law Review Article -"The Case Against Human Cloning" --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 28: FASEB Newsletter Guest Opinion -"Unlocking a New Science Policy" --- Feb-99Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Hofstra Law Review -"The Case Against Human Cloning" --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 30: American Chemical Society Article -"Education for the Future" --- May 25, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Main Street Record -"Preparing Our Students for the 21st Century" --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Main Street Record -"Defining the Public-Private Partnership for New Century" --- May-00Add to your cart.
Folder 33: NATO Parliamentary Assembly Article -"Information Warfare and International Security" (page 121) --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Bioscience Editorial -"Science Education and Our Nation's Future" (page 731) --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Chemical and Engineering News Editorial -"Education for the Future" (page 5) --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Research Corporation Annual Report Article -"Challenges for Undergraduate Science Education" (page 17) --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 37: NATO Parliamentary Assembly Report -"Safeguarding the Nuclear Complex in Russia and Newly Independent States" --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Ripon Forum Article -"Creating a Better Curriculum" --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 39: A See Prism Article -"Tapping into a Larger Talent Pool" (page 52, photo page 42) --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 40: The Physics Teacher Editorial -"Improving Science Education for All Children" (page 200) --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Manufacturing and Technology Article --- April 1, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 42: OPN  -"At the Crossroads of Science, Religion, and Politics" --- 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 43: California Magazine Article on Berkeley Graduates in Congress --- Apr-07Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Articles/Editorials --- 2000-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Physicist for President? --- Nov-07Add to your cart.
Folder 46: APS Capitol Hill Quarterly Article -"A Physicist for President?" --- February 4, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 47: The Hill Article - "Competitiveness Hinges on Skills Students Learn" --- 2010Add to your cart.
Box 68Add to your cart.
Folder 1-9: Press Releases --- 1994-2004Add 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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