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Bern Porter Collection, 1928-2002, n.d.


Books and Book Projects, 1940-1995, n.d.

Catalog Number:M212.1

Series Description:
Books and Book Projects is organized into two sub-series that include manuscript and typescript drafts of works either authored or published by Porter.

Restrictions: None.


Books and Book Projects: Authored by Porter, 1940-1995, n.d.
1.20 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.1.1

Series Description:
Manuscript and typescript drafts of works authored by Porter. Most titles included in this series were eventually published, appearing here as proofs, while others were abandoned before publication. Includes many of Porter's best-known collections of found poems (The Book of Do's, Here Comes Everybody's Don't Book,The Wastemaker,Sweet End), plays, sections of Porter's SciArt manifesto, several illustrated guides to elementary science, and a collaborative project about UFOs.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title.

Restrictions: None.


Books and Book Projects: Published by Porter, 1946-1990, n.d.
0.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.1.2

Series Description:
Works written by authors other than Bern Porter and published, or intended to be published, by Bern Porter Books. Includes titles by Kenneth Beaudoin, Richard Cary, David Cole, D. Drenner, P.L. Ely, William "Man" Faulkner, Mark Melnicove, Blanch Philips, Leonard Wolf, and an edition of Pablo Picasso's poetry.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by author.

Restrictions: None.


Articles and Other Compositions, 1928-1995, n.d.

Catalog Number:M212.2

Series Description:
The Articles and Other Compositions series is divided into three sub-series: Artwork, Published Writings, and Unpublished Writings.

Restrictions: None.


Articles and Other Compositions: Artwork, 1931-1992, n.d.
0.20 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.2.1

Series Description:
Includes Porter's map series, pen and pencil sketches, published drawings, and photographs done with polarized light.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by material type.

Restrictions: None.


Articles and Other Compositions: Published Writings, 1935-1995, n.d.
.30 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.2.2

Series Description:
Contains Porter's early publications including scientific articles and occasional articles concerning contemporary art movements such as "Sciart" (union between art and science). Also includes Porter's contributions, often found poems, to small literary journals and newsletters.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Restrictions: None.


Articles and Other Compositions: Unpublished Writings, 1928-1981, n.d.
0.75 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.2.3

Series Description:
Includes both scientific and miscellaneous articles (manuscripts and typescripts), academic essays, handwritten and photocopied poems, and a collection of project proposals. Also includes typescripts of articles that Porter wrote for agent William Rutledge III with related materials including photographs, scattered correspondence, and a few off-prints.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title.

Restrictions: None.


Subject Files, 1956-2000, n.d.
0.60 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.3

Series Description:
Contains assorted materials that relate to Porter's careers as scientist, author, and publisher. Includes announcements for Porter's public appearances between 1956-1990, as well as publication announcements and reviews of both his work and works published by Bern Porter Books between 1942 and 2000. Also includes material related to Porter's association with Colby College (such as lists of his donations), bibliographies of Porter collections at other institutions, clippings concerning Henry Miller's death, a questionnaire about Kenneth Patchen, notes on the Bern Porter Retrospective, and an incomplete list of Porter's published works.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title.

Restrictions: None.


Correspondence, 1941-1990, n.d.
0.25 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.4

Series Description:
Includes miscellaneous Porter family correspondence, 1913-1989, and professional correspondence, 1941-1990, concerning publishing and Porter collections in various libraries (including Bowdoin College and the Maine State Library).

Arrangement: Chronological.

Restrictions: None.


Clippings, 1937-1998, n.d.
0.20 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.5

Series Description:
Clippings from newspaper, newsletter, and journal articles concerning Bern Porter's contributions to scientific research, his artistic endeavors, and his local activism. Includes interviews, appreciations of Porter's life and work, and notices of his appearances and activities. There is some overlap with material in the Subject Files series and the Personal and Biographical series.

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Restrictions: None.


Personal and Biographical, 1968-1993, n.d.
0.75 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.6

Series Description:
Material related to the quantifiable facts of Porter's life and items of personal significance that he wished to have preserved. Included are both biographical magazine essays and more experimental appreciations of Porter's life, covering a wide range of events from Porter's arrest in Alabama to his later years in Belfast. Similar materials include a folder of directories and associations in which Porter participated, scattered documents related to his early life and career, and copies and notes for James Schevill's Porter biographies. The series also includes photographs and documents related to Porter's family history, photographic portraits of Porter himself, and photographs of Porter's home in Belfast, the Institute for Advanced Thinking. The series concludes with souvenirs and keepsakes from Porter's adventures in international cruising.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title.

Restrictions: None.


Mail and Copy Art, 1982-2002, n.d.
0.75 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M212.7

Series Description:
Includes catalogues and publications of mail and copy art, many with contributions from Bern Porter. At the end of the series are postcard art manuscripts and other materials used in Porter's artistic endeavors.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title.

Restrictions: None.


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