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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 24: CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Box 82Add to your cart.
Item 1: A Tribute to Space Exploration (signed and number postage stamps) --- 1994Add to your cart.
Item 2: Ally of the Great Lakes --- 1996Add to your cart.
Item 3: American Council for Renewable Energy --- 2003Add to your cart.
Item 4: American Library Association --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: American Physical Society Fellowship --- 1995Add to your cart.
Item 6: Calvin College Distinguished Alumni awards --- 1996Add to your cart.
Item 7: Cesar E. Chavez Way --- 2002Add to your cart.
Item 8: Conference on Christianity and Literature 4 prints --- 1970Add to your cart.
Item 9: Congressional Diabetes Caucus --- 1991Add to your cart.
Item 10: DNR Retailed Sales license --- 1994Add to your cart.
Item 11: Friend of Farm Bureau --- c1996, c2000, c 2002Add to your cart.
Item 12: H.R. 1 Red Line --- 2001Add to your cart.
Item 13: H.R. 1070 Red Line --- 2002Add to your cart.
Item 14: H.R. 1350 Red Line --- 2004Add to your cart.
Item 15: H.R. 1674 Red Line --- 2006Add to your cart.
Item 16: H.R. 2346 Red Line --- 2000Add to your cart.
Item 17: H.R. 3014 Red Line --- 2004Add to your cart.
Item 18: H.R. 4664 Red Line --- 2002Add to your cart.
Item 19: H.R. 5136 Red Line --- 2006Add to your cart.
Item 20: Healthcare Leadership Council --- 2009Add to your cart.
Item 21: House Page School Speaker Series --- 2003, 2005Add to your cart.
Item 22: Juggler on Horseback --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 23: Kent County Board of Commissioners resolution --- 1982Add to your cart.
Item 24: Kent County Vernon J. Ehlers Day --- 2010Add to your cart.
Item 25: Library of Michigan Tribute --- 1988Add to your cart.
Item 26: Library of Michigan --- 1994Add to your cart.
Item 27: Michigan Association of Osteopathic… --- 1986Add to your cart.
Item 28: Michigan Environmental Council --- 2006Add to your cart.
Item 29: Michigan Governor's Certificate of Appreciation --- 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Item 30: Michigan Natural Resources Commission tribute --- 1993Add to your cart.
Item 31: Michigan Oath of Office --- 1987Add to your cart.
Item 32: Michigan Oath of Office --- 1991Add to your cart.
Item 33: Michigan Resolutions 347 and 367 --- 1993Add to your cart.
Item 34: Michigan Science Teachers awardAdd to your cart.
Item 35: Michigan Special TributeAdd to your cart.
Item 36: Michigan State park --- 1994Add to your cart.
Item 37: Michigan State University honorary degree and citation --- 1998Add to your cart.
Item 38: Minact, Incorporated --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 39: Moon landing anniversary, autographed --- 1994Add to your cart.
Item 40: National Association for College Admission CounselingAdd to your cart.
Item 41: National Community of Health SuperheroAdd to your cart.
Item 42: National Day of PrayerAdd to your cart.
Item 43: National Security Leadership Award --- 1994Add to your cart.
Item 44: Paul Henry IntegrityAdd to your cart.
Item 45: Presidential inauguration ticket, and invitation --- 2001Add to your cart.
Item 46: Respect for Life Award --- 1989Add to your cart.
Item 47: Society of Women EngineersAdd to your cart.
Item 48: Success of CensusAdd to your cart.
Item 49: U.S Marine Corps Appreciation --- 2006Add to your cart.
Item 50: University of Michigan Honorary DegreeAdd to your cart.
Item 51: University of Michigan LLDAdd to your cart.
Item 52: US House Legislative Leadership --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 53: YMCA Congressional ChampionAdd 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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