Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
VANDER VEEN, Richard Franklin (1922-2006)

VANDER VEEN, RICHARD FRANKLIN, a Representative from Michigan; born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 26, 1922; attended the public schools; graduated from Muskegon High School, Muskegon, Mich., 1940; B.S., University of South Carolina, Columbia, 1946; LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1949; enlisted in the United States Navy January 1941, served until 1946, with active duty in the South Pacific Theater; also served in the Korean Conflict, lieutenant (jg.), 1950-1952; admitted to the Michigan bar in 1949 and commenced practice in Grand Rapids; chairman, Michigan Fifth District Democratic Party, 1959; delegate, Michigan State Democratic conventions, 1962, 1964; chairman, Michigan State Democratic convention, 1960; president, Vander Veen, Freihofer & Cook, P.C.; elected to East Grand Rapids Board of Education, 1969-1974; served on the Michigan State Mental Health Commission, 1958-1963, and Michigan State Highway Commission, 1964-1969; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Gerald R. Ford, and reelected to the Ninety-fourth Congress (February 18, 1974-January 3, 1977); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fifth Congress in 1978; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1978; member, Michigan State Waterways commission, 1984-2006; president, Resource Energy Company; died on March 3, 2006, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Records, ca. 1943-1991, 101.6 linear feet.
Persons represented include Richard Vander Veen.


Michigan State University
University Archives and Historical Collections
East Lansing, MI
Papers: 1937-1976, 19 cubic feet.
The papers of Richard F. Vander Veen contain congressional papers, consisting of constituent correspondence, general mailings, such as newsletters and questionnaires, and copies of Richard Vander Veen's speeches, both before Congress and to his constituency. The subject matter covered is both general, such as congratulatory letters, acceptance of invitations and requests for information, and legislative, dealing with various proposed bills and problems to be solved. Topics of other records include the affairs of the government, especially Watergate, Richard Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford's Presidency, and other national problems, such as Vietnam and taxation. The papers also contain correspondence and publications relating to governmental departments and agencies, to special-interest groups, and to local, state, and national organizations and businesses. Part of the collection deals solely with Michigan concerns and projects, especially those of the 5th District. Matters of congressional interest, such as correspondence with other Members, copies of legislation, and research notes are also contained herein. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the William H. McNitt Papers, 1968-1974, 5 linear feet.
The collection contains documentation of the election campaign of Congressman Richard F. Vander Veen.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Audio reels, Film reels: 1974, 3 commercials on 1 film reel and 5 commercials on 1 sound tape reel.
The commercials were used during Richard Vander Veen's campaign for the 1974 U.S. congressional election in District 5 of Michigan, Democratic Party.