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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 18: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 72Add to your cart.
Folder 1: #A3-#L3 --- 1995-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: #M3-#Z3 --- 1995-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: #A4-#Z4 --- 1995-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 4: #A6-#Z6 --- 1995-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Vern EhlersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Ehlers Family PhotosAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Vern and Jo EhlersAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: With Gerald FordAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: With Ronald ReaganAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: With President H. W. BushAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: With President Bill ClintonAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: With President George W. BushAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: With President Barack ObamaAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Reproduced Photographs of PresidentsAdd to your cart.
Box 73Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lab Photographs at U.C. Berkeley --- late 1950s-early 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Bill Signing with Governor BlanchardAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: With John EnglerAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: With William MillikenAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: With Princess Beatrix of the NetherlandsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: With Milton BerlAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: With John McCainAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: With Jack KempAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: With Newt GingrichAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: With Dennis HastertAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Dan QuayleAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Bob and Elizabeth DoleAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: With Billy GrahamAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: With Jack NickalusAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: With Al GoreAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: With Dick CheneyAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: With Colin PowellAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: With Various CelebritiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: With Arnold SchwarzeneggerAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: With Patrick LeahyAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Campaign EventsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Calvin CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: With ConstituentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Michigan State LegislatureAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs with Members of CongressAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Michigan State Senate --- 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Michigan House of Representatives --- 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 28: British American Parliamentary Group --- 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Space Shuttle STS-88 --- Dec 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Trips and SpeechesAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: CongressAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Michigan AppearancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Michigan AppearancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Awards ReceivedAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: MiscellaneousAdd 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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