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Guide to the Bern Porter collection, 1928-2002, undated

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Bern Porter collection
Porter, Bern
Date [inclusive]:
1928-2002, undated
5.5 Linear Feet
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Writings, artwork, correspondence, and biographical materials that document Bern Porter's life as a scientist and avant-garde writer, artist, and publisher.
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Bern Porter Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Bernard Harden Porter was born February 14, 1911, in Porter Settlement, near Houlton, Maine. He attended area public schools, Ricker Classical Institute, and Colby College. Porter began his career as a scientist. He started graduate work in physics in 1932, worked on the Manhattan Project in 1945 (resigning in protest after the atomic bombs were dropped), and worked on NASA's Saturn V manned rocket program in the 1960s. During the years he was employed as a physicist, Porter also developed a reputation as an avant-garde artist, writer, and publisher, and by the late 1960s he had left science as a profession. Porter theorized about the union of art and science, coined Sciart; he was a pioneer and influential practitioner of artists books, visual collaged poetry "Founds," and mail art. He was a prolific author and an active publisher; Porter's imprint, Bern Porter Books, was Henry Miller's first publisher in the United States. After an unsettled, nomadic, period in his life, Porter moved to Belfast, Maine, around 1969. He established the Institute for Advanced Thinking at his Belfast home as a base for his own theoretical and creative endeavors, including poetry performance, and as a gathering place for others in the avant-garde arts community. Porter also became involved in local politics and planning, running for governor (unsuccessfully) and serving on the Knox County Regional Planning Commission.

Porter was married three times: to Helen Elaine Hendren (1946-1947?), Margaret Eudine Preston (1955-1975), and Lula Mae Schekel Bloom (1976-1986). Porter died on June 7, 2004.

Writings, artwork, correspondence, and biographical materials that document Bern Porter's life as a scientist and avant-garde writer, artist, and publisher. Included are manuscripts and typescripts of books authored and published by Porter; articles, poetry, and other writings by Porter (both published and unpublished); and artwork, photographs, and mail and copy art. The collection also includes personal and professional correspondence, announcements of public appearances and publications, documents regarding Porter collections at other libraries, clipped articles pertaining to Porter, and biographical information and items of personal interest to Porter.

For further materials related to Porter at Bowdoin College, see the Mark Melnicove Papers (M292). Substantial Porter collections are also held by Colby College and UCLA.

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.

Scope and Contents:

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.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

"American Strange" manuscript and four photographs

box 1 folder 1

"American Strange" poster prints (2)

map-case D10

"As Birds Fly" first draft play, 1987 Jan/Feb

box 1 folder 2

"Book of Do's" manuscript copy (1/2)

box 1 folder 3

"Book of Do's" manuscript copy (2/2)

box 1 folder 4

"Ciao Ciao" poster print

map-case D10

"Farewell" manuscript, 1980

box 1 folder 5

"Gee-Whizzels" manuscript copy, 1985

box 1 folder 6

"Glossary of Terms for Rocket Technology and Related Fields," typed manuscript with handwritten edits, 1956

box 1 folder 6a-6b

"Henry: A World Poets' Anthology" printer's proof

box 1 folder 7

"Here Comes Everybody's Don't Book" manuscript copy, 1984 (1/2)

box 1 folder 8

"Here Comes Everybody's Don't Book" manuscript copy, 1984 (2/2)

box 1 folder 9

"I Ricordi di Firenze" unpublished manuscript, only copy, Sept 1980

box 1 folder 10

"Knox County," typescript and original manuscript, 1969

volume 1

"The Lamentations of the Physicists for the Radioactive Dead" unpublished final copy (transferred from M292, Mark Melnicove Papers)

box 1 folder 11

"The Last Acts of Saint Fuck You" original manuscript

box 1 folder 12

"The Last Acts of Saint Fuck You" poster print

map-case D10

"The Manhattan Telephone Book" original materials

box 1 folder 13

"Mothering Time: Selected Early Pieces 1934-1966" manuscript

box 1 folder 14

"My My Dear Me" manuscript of Dec 1984 production

box 1 folder 15

"Physics for Tomorrow," 1959

box 1 folder 16

"Questions about Henry Miller No One Ever Asked Me With Answers" manuscript photocopy/notes

box 1 folder 17

"Saucers and Saucerism" by Bernard H. Porter and Kenneth H. Ford, 1955-1956, unpublished manuscript

box 1 folder 18

"So to Physics" typescript with illustrations

box 1 folder 19

"Sound and the Heat" typescript with illustrations, 1940

box 1 folder 20

"Sweet End" original pages, vol. 4 of 7, 1987 Oct

box 1 folder 21

"Sweet End" printer's proof

box 1 folder 22

"Symbols" manuscript, 1995 (1/2)

box 2 folder 1

"Symbols" manuscript, 1995 (2/2)

box 2 folder 2

"The Wastemaker" original pages and proofs

box 2 folder 3

"What Henry Miller Said and Why It is Important" poster print

map-case D10

"What Henry Miller Said and Why It Is Important" printer's proof

box 2 folder 4

"Why My Left Leg Is Hot" manuscript for videorecording, photocopy

box 2 folder 5

Scope and Contents:

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.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Beaudoin, Kenneth Lawrence "A Book of Hours," 1965 mock-up, reprint 1974

box 2 folder 6

Cary, Richard "Bibliography of Edwin Arlington Robinson," 1974, unfinished

box 2 folder 7

Cole, David "Narrow Slices," 1985, camera-ready paste-up (transferred from M292, Mark Melnicove Papers)

box 2 folder 8

Drenner, D. Von. R. "The Vault of Night," 1971, unfinished reprint

box 2 folder 9

Ely, P. L. "Richard Langlais," 1980, camera-ready paste-up (transferred from M292, Mark Melnicove Papers)

box 2 folder 10

Faulkner, Dr. William "MAN," 1965-1969, layouts and negatives

box 2 folder 11

Melnicove, Mark "Further Photographs," 1990 Jun 20, only copy (transferred from M292, Mark Melnicove Papers)

box 2 folder 12

"Sculpture: Blanch Philips," 1947, original production materials, unpublished (1/2)

box 2 folder 13

"Sculpture: Blanch Philips," 1947, original production materials, unpublished (2/2)

box 2 folder 14

Picasso, Pablo "Poems," photocopy

box 2 folder 15

Viglini, Janelle "The Salvation Merchants," print

box 2 folder 16

Viglini, Janelle, Untitled Poem poster print

map-case D10

Wolf, Leonard "Hamadryad Hunted," 1946, mockup for Walton Press 2nd edition

box 2 folder 17

Series Description:

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

Scope and Contents:

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


Arranged alphabetically by material type.

Founds--"89 Offenses [...]" 1970/1972

map-case D10

Founds--"Me" 1982 May 10

map-case D10

Founds--untitled, 1975 (3)

map-case D10

Founds--untitled for book in-progress, 1991 Jun 6

box 2 folder 18

Founds--untitled, n.d.

box 2 folder 19


box 2 folder 20

Maps--"Map of Chemistry"

box 2 folder 21

Maps--"A Map of Colby College," rough sketches

box 2 folder 22

Maps--"Map of Houlton High School"

box 2 folder 23

Maps--"Map of Ricker Classical Institute," 1941-1942

box 2 folder 24

Maps--"A Map of the World of Physics"

box 2 folder 25

Photographs--"Dawn Bird" original and printed

box 2 folder 26

Photographs--"The Death of Abel"

box 2 folder 27

Printed--"Cosmic Sight," "Frustrations Accents," "Semblance of a Devoted Past," "Toys for Adults"

box 2 folder 28

Printed--in "Hartford House Huddle," 2:1, New York City

box 2 folder 29

Printed--"Hot Fugue," in "Jazz Forum" 2, 1946 Sep

box 2 folder 30

Printed--in "The White Mule," 1930-1932, Colby College

box 2 folder 31

Printed and Photocopied--miscellaneous, untitled

box 2 folder 32

Sketches--ink sketches of Portland, Houlton, Waterville (5 pieces)

box 2 folder 33

Sketches--ink on cardboard sketches of French countryside

box 2 folder 34

Sketches--ink sketches of Europe and New York, 1931-1932

box 2 folder 35

Sketches--pencil sketches of abstract and organic shapes

box 2 folder 36

Sketches--pencil text and sketches, Ivan Goll, 1941, 1944

box 2 folder 37

Sketches--pencil figure and portrait studies

box 2 folder 38

Sketches--various ink and pencil (1/2)

box 2 folder 39

Sketches--various ink and pencil (2/2)

box 2 folder 40

Scope and Contents:

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.


Arranged chronologically.

1935, "Colloidal Graphite: A Unique Material of Particular Interest to Research Workers"

box 3 folder 1

1935, "Dag Colloidal Graphite: Properties and Applications"

box 3 folder 2

1935, "Colloidal Graphite: An Inert Adjunct Lubricant [...]," Technical Bulletin[...] Acheson Colloids Corporation" 242.2

box 3 folder 3

1935 Aug, "Recent Developments on Light-Valves for Television," Radio Engineering

box 3 folder 4

1935 Aug, "Tantalum Capacitators," Radio Engineering

box 3 folder 5

1935 Dec, "Cathode Ray Technique Abroad," Radio Engineering 25:12

box 3 folder 6

1936 Feb, "Research Applications of Colloidal Graphite," The Review of Scientific Instruments 7:2

box 3 folder 7

1936 Aug, "Graphited Lubricants for Clocks" reprinted from American Horologist

box 3 folder 8

1936 Nov, "Junction Rectifiers," Radio Engineering 16:11

box 3 folder 9

1937 Jan, "Notes on Cathode Ray Tubes," Radio Engineering 17:1

box 3 folder 10

1937 Feb, "Colloidal Graphite: What it Is, How it Works," The Super Service Station

box 3 folder 11

1937 Mar, "Extra Dividends for the Service Man," Service 6:3

box 3 folder 12

1937 Jun, "Retarding Undesired Emission in Vacuum Tube," Radio Engineering 17:6

box 3 folder 13

1937 Jul, "Colloidal Graphite and its Role in the Ceramic Industry," The Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society 16:7

box 3 folder 14

1937 Jul, "Impregnation Studies With Colloidal Graphite," Journal of Applied Physics 8:7

box 3 folder 15

1937 Sep, "Putting Your Shop Across," Service 6:9

box 3 folder 16

1937 Oct, "Uses for Finely Divided Graphite in the Chemical Laboratory," The Chemical Analyst 26:4

box 3 folder 17

1937 Nov, "Let's Look at Service Equipment," Radio 6:11

box 3 folder 18

1937 Dec, "Rectifier Types and Applications" Communications 17:12

box 3 folder 19

1937 Dec 9, "Graphite," "The Science Leaflet" 11:12

box 3 folder 20

1938, "The Properties of Graphoid Surfaces and Their Role in Lubrication," Technical Bulletin 220.5

box 3 folder 21

1938 Jan, "$$$ in Radio" and "Getting On In Radio," Service 7:1

box 3 folder 22

1938 Jan, "Production Development of Television Tubes," Communications

box 3 folder 23

1938 Feb, "Getting On In Radio--Some Further Notes," Service 7:2

box 3 folder 24

1938 Feb, "Electronic Research Instruments" and "New Research Tools," Communications

box 3 folder 25

1938 May, "Law Number One," Service 7:5

box 3 folder 26

1938 Jun, "Synthetic-Resin Enamel Finishing," Metal Cleaning and Finishing 10:6

box 3 folder 27

1939, "Colloidal Graphite--Focusing Anode Material for Cathode Ray Tubes," Technical Bulletin 191.5

box 3 folder 28

1939, "Meet a Micron," Acheson Colloids Corp.

box 3 folder 29

1939, "The Value of Colloidal Graphite for Assembly and Running-In," Technical Bulletin 112.7

box 3 folder 30

1939 Mar, "Acheson's Trade-Mark 'Dag'," Bulletin of the United States Trade-Mark Association 34:3

box 3 folder 31

1939 May 1, "Colloidal Graphite Lubricants for Rubber," India Rubber World 100:2

box 3 folder 32

1939 Jun, "Lubrication in Heat-Using Industries," Industrial Heating 6:6

box 3 folder 33

1940 Jul, "Notes on the Wettability of Highly Polished Metal Surfaces by Graphite Hydrosols," reprinted from The Review of Scientific Instruments 11:7

box 3 folder 34

1940 Dec, "The Supersonic Oscillator," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 12:12

box 3 folder 35

1941 Apr, "The Supersonic Oscillator," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 36:4

box 3 folder 36

1941 Apr-Jun, "Doldrums," The Latin American 2:2

box 3 folder 37

1941 May 25, "The Utility of Colloidal Graphite," American Chemical Society, News Edition 19

box 3 folder 38

1941 Oct, "When Collecting Books," Recreation 35:7

box 3 folder 39

1942 Jan, "Lubrication of High Temperature Lighting Devies with Carbon," International Projectionist 17:1

box 3 folder 40

1942 Feb, "High Temperature Lubrication," Industrial Heating 9:2

box 3 folder 41

1942 Mar, "Colloidal Graphite Electrostatic Shielding," The Review of Scientific Instruments 13:3

box 3 folder 42

1942 Apr, "Truck Driver Lingo," reprinted from "American Speech," includes typescript

box 3 folder 43

1942 Spring, "Science--And America's Defense," The Latin American Whip 3:1

box 3 folder 44

1942 Summer, "Chemistry at War," The Latin American 3:2

box 3 folder 45

1942 Aug, "Non-Metal Shieldings," Radio News 28:2

box 3 folder 46

1942 Oct, "Graphite Shielding," Radio 273

box 3 folder 47

1943 May, "The Forms and Uses of Graphite," School Science and Mathematics 43:5

box 3 folder 48

1943 May-1944 Jul, The Leaves Fall incomplete photocopies and typescript drafts

box 3 folder 49

1943 Sep, "Noise, Enemy of Healthy Nerves," in Life and Health 58:9

box 3 folder 50

1943 Oct, "Counting Radioactive Particles," Electronic Industries

box 3 folder 51

1943 Nov, "New Projection," College Art Journal 2:1

box 3 folder 52

1944, "Electronic and Allied Uses for Colloidal Graphite--A Bibliography" Technical Bulletin 180.1

box 3 folder 53

1944, "Graphite: A Bibliography," Technical Bulletin 160.1

box 3 folder 54

1944, "Lubrication with Colloidal Graphite--a Bibliography," Technical Bulletin 190.1

box 3 folder 55

1944 Apr, "Non-Metal Shields," reprinted from Electronics for Acheson Colloids Corp.

box 3 folder 56

1965 Oct 15, "Hotel Plant Must Look Ahead," American Laundry Digest, and correspondence

box 3 folder 57

1972, "Notes for Another Time" radio script, excerpt from "I've Left" Chapter 2, "Clothes"

box 3 folder 58

1979 Feb-Mar, "All Over the Place," in Inside Art 3:1

box 3 folder 59

1979, "information about them," "Opinion," "23010," "Peacock," and "Work," Jam To-day 7

box 3 folder 60

1980, Various untitled, ME 1:1

box 3 folder 61

1982[?], "What happened" and "What's what," mc 3

box 3 folder 62

1983 Mar, "Cement divider treated with" and "Cement divider not treated," mc 4

box 3 folder 63

1983 Fall, "He's Your," Place Stamp Here 2

box 3 folder 64

1995 Spring, Ray Johnson tribute contribution, National Stampographic 13:3

box 3 folder 65

1995 [Aug?], "These Fifty Years Gone," written 1995 Jun 22, unknown newspaper

box 3 folder 66

n.d., "A Concrete Poem" and "Belfast Views and Opinions," Main(e) Street Rag 1:1

box 3 folder 67

n.d., "Founds," Out of Sight 60

box 3 folder 68

n.d., "A Note on Henry Miller," Controversy--Book Collector's Packet

box 3 folder 69

n.d., "The Other Ring," North Star (high school publication)

box 3 folder 70

n.d., "Surface Studies for Lubrication Problems," reprinted from Automotive Industries

box 3 folder 71

n.d., "Bern Porter Special" edition, Slithy Toves 4

box 3 folder 72

n.d., "Unseeing Eyes," The Latin American (alternate version published in  The Leaves Fall)

box 3 folder 73

n.d., Untitled, Soul's Edge 3

box 3 folder 74

Scope and Contents:

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.

Folders 154 to 191 are manuscripts and typescripts of articles of Wm. Rutledge III, North Hollywood, CA, agent.


Arranged alphabetically by title.


In the following list manuscript is abbreviated "mss" and typescript is abbreviated "ts":

"The 50/50 Plan" mss and ts

box 3 folder 75

"The Adsorption and Orientation of Colloidal Graphite on metal" ts

box 3 folder 76

"An Alpha-Radiation Detection" ts, 1941 Aug 4

box 3 folder 77

"Applied Art in War and After" ts

box 3 folder 78

"Art for All" and "To the Editors" ts

box 3 folder 79

"As Susan Serves" ts

box 3 folder 80

"Astronautics" mss photocopy

box 3 folder 81

"At Home Summer of '32" mss

box 3 folder 81a

"Automobile Advertising Hits New High--Or Low" ts and carbon drafts

box 3 folder 82

"The Beam of Creation" mss

box 3 folder 83

"Belfast Belfastia" rejected pages, ts with illustrations

box 3 folder 84

"Believe Me, I Am" outline plan, ts and mss, 2 drafts, 1945

box 3 folder 85

"Bobo-Dee" mss

box 3 folder 86

"The Card-Index Song for the Filing Sisters" ts photocopy and color print

box 3 folder 87

"The Church and World Peace" mss, speech delivered 1928 Apr 12

box 3 folder 88

"A Collection of Items for Children's Page" ts

box 3 folder 89

"Crazy Bug" 2 mss, 3 ts copies

box 3 folder 90

"Critique of Literary Writing" mss

box 3 folder 91

"Cross Numbers" mss, final copy, and correspondence, 1941

box 3 folder 92

"Curing Some Servicing Ills" ts

box 3 folder 93

"Curing This Summer's Ills" ts

box 3 folder 94

"Dr. J Reginald Midford" ts for "What's Going On in Maine"

box 3 folder 95

"Dr. Philo T. Farnsworth, the Father of Electronic Television" ts and supplementary materials

box 3 folder 96

"Dream in a Penthouse" ts

box 3 folder 97

"Edward G. Acheson, Inventor" ts carbon

box 3 folder 98

"Eugenics" ts

box 3 folder 99

Book report on "Faust" by Wolfgang von Goethe, mss

box 3 folder 100

"Fissures in Meaning" ts photocopy

box 3 folder 101

"Forest Decay Yields New Sculpture Form" ts

box 3 folder 102

"From Darien" ts photocopy

box 3 folder 103

"Glad to Know You" ts

box 3 folder 104

"God Damn Everything Anyway and Mostly on December Eighth"

box 3 folder 105

"Golf" mss

box 3 folder 106

"Good Morning!" ts

box 3 folder 107

"Home Radio Builders Substitute for Metals" ts

box 3 folder 108

"How Do You Do!" ts

box 3 folder 109

"How to Decay" ts

box 3 folder 110

"How Would You Like to Be a Church" and "How Would You Like to Be an Apple Tree" ts and mss

box 3 folder 111

"It's Your Nose" ts

box 3 folder 112

"The Kinds of Love" poem ts and mss, 1986 Mar 27

box 3 folder 113

Book review of "Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope, 1930 Dec 17, ts

box 3 folder 114

"Le Jou Des Enfants" ts

box 3 folder 115

"Le (R)evolution" mss photocopy

box 3 folder 116

"Maine Notes" ts photocopy

box 3 folder 117

"The Making of Gold Leaf" ts

box 3 folder 118

"Mania, USA" ts

box 3 folder 119

"Metamorphic Rhizomes" ts carbon (2 copies)

box 3 folder 120

"My Wife Made Me" ts

box 3 folder 121

"Nature and Man" mss and ts

box 3 folder 122

"New High in Auto Ads" ts

box 3 folder 123

"No Breakage" ts and mss

box 3 folder 124

"Ohm's Law" ts

box 3 folder 125

"Old Baldy" ts

box 3 folder 126

"Perley Bug" ts (2 drafts)

box 3 folder 127

"5. Plans of Work" mss and ts

box 3 folder 128

"This Plastic Age" ts

box 3 folder 129

"Plucky" outline, mss, ts drafts

box 3 folder 130

"Preserving Subversion in Print" ts photocopy

box 3 folder 131

"Preventative Maintenance Keeps Laundry Production Moving" correspondence and related materials

box 3 folder 132

"Production Milking" ts

box 3 folder 133

"Psalm" mss, ts, correspondence

box 3 folder 133

"Relax With Your Hands" ts

box 3 folder 134

"Science" mss

box 3 folder 135

"Science and Man" 2 mss., Commencement 1928 June 19

box 3 folder 136

"Science at War" ts

box 3 folder 137

"Sculpture from Decayed Wood" ts and photographs

box 3 folder 138

"Sound" mss

box 3 folder 139

"Specimen Responses Designed to Regulate and/or Check the Normal Flow of Conversation" ts

box 3 folder 140

"Spilled Water" ts

box 3 folder 141

"Squared at Auction" ts (2 drafts)

box 3 folder 142

"Summer Breezes," Summer of '31, Houlton, Me., ts

box 3 folder 142a

"The Theories of Marxian Socialism" ts, 1930 Apr 30

box 3 folder 143

"Three Letters to Gabene" ts and correspondence, 1943-1944 (partially published in "The Leaves Fall")

box 3 folder 144

"The Voices" ts

box 3 folder 145

"Where Am I?" ts

box 3 folder 146

"You're In a Word" ts

box 3 folder 147

"You're No Dope: Let Me Save You" ts photocopy and draft

box 3 folder 148

Untitled--Bern Porter poems, copies for forthcoming collected poems, 1981

box 3 folder 149

Untitled--mss, 1929 May 3

box 3 folder 150

Untitled--notebooks, n.d.

box 3 folder 150a

Untitled--poetry mss and related notes

box 3 folder 151


box 3 folder 152

Untitled--ts, n.d.

box 3 folder 153

"Changing Designs and Selling Techniques," ts (2 copies), 1 photograph, 1965 Jun 2

box 3 folder 154

"The Church Market" ts, 2 photographs

box 3 folder 155

"Competing with Coin and Home Laundry Can Be Done" ts, photograph, and related materials

box 3 folder 156

"Costa Rican Firm Combines Toys, Hobbies, and Souvenirs; Manufactures and Wholesales Line of Artistic Gifts" ts and 5 photographs

box 3 folder 157

"Eight Thousand Miles by Motorcycle: Historic Trip around South America" ts and 2 photographs

box 3 folder 158

"Elijah Anointed Me: Victim of a Sex-Cult Tells All," under pseudonym B. B. Berne, ts and newspaper clipping

box 3 folder 159

"Get After the Mail Orders" ts and 3 photographs

box 3 folder 160

"Get the Merchandise into the Racks [...]" ts and advertising pamphlets, 196[?] Jul 15

box 3 folder 161

"Getting Readers to Read Ads" ts and photograph

box 3 folder 162

"Grow What Other's Don't [...]" ts and photograph

box 3 folder 163

"Individual Stationery Needs a Profit Specialty: Custom Trade is highly profitable" 2 ts drafts, photograph, and correspondence

box 3 folder 164

"Ingredients of Increased Production: Better use of available manpower mandatory" ts and photograph, 1962 Jun 14

box 3 folder 165

"Keeping Up With the Latest Toys: Watch fast developments for profit" ts, 2 photographs, correspondence

box 3 folder 166

"Land's End" ts

box 3 folder 167

"Let's Get Away From It All: Outboard motor boating provides solution" ts and photograph

box 3 folder 168

"Moving the Laundry Requires Planning: New services especially involved" ts and illustration

box 3 folder 169

"New Cure for Economic Unemployment Ills" ts, 1963 Dec

box 3 folder 170

"No Wait Policy Fosters Ingenuity: Fast, good workmanship is its own best advertisement" ts and 2 photographs

box 3 folder 171

"Or What Is a Drugstore For?: Miami Beach Pharmacist Prospers Selling Drugs" ts

box 3 folder 172

"The Pencil--How It was Born and How It Is Made" ts, correspondence, and research material

box 3 folder 173

"Planning a Bike Outing" ts captions, 4 photographs

box 3 folder 174

"The Preparation and Uses of Manures: Comercial [sic] Fertilizaers are Limited" ts and photograph

box 3 folder 175

"Preventative Maintenance Keeps Laundry Production Moving" correspondence and related materials

box 3 folder 176

"Promoting a New Linen Supply Store" edited ts

box 3 folder 177

"Radioactive Isotopes Detect Metal Flaws in Aircraft Parts" ts

box 3 folder 178

"Reaching and Selling the Teenager: Specialty high profit market requires studied approach" ts

box 3 folder 179

"Research Creates the Horizon: Testing must duplicate the public's everyday use of the project" ts

box 3 folder 180

"Sex: Mountain Style" ts, under pseudonym B. B. Berne

box 3 folder 181

"Site Locating a New Furniture Store: Many factors involved" ts, correspondence, and article instructions 1965 May-Jun

box 3 folder 182

"Speed with Customized Quality at Low Prices [...]" ts, photograph, clipping, and article instructions

box 3 folder 183

"Top-Market Coins" ts and article instructions

box 3 folder 184

"What's Ahead for Transportation" ts

box 3 folder 185

"Work from the Bottom Up, or on Up [...]," ts under pseudonym B. B. Berne

box 3 folder 186

"World's Largest Fire Hydrant System" ts

box 3 folder 187

Untitled--coffee article research materials and photographs

box 3 folder 188

Untitled--maintenance article research materials

box 3 folder 189

Untitled--miscellaneous research material

box 3 folder 190

Untitled--photographs for articles in progress, 1962-1977, n.d.

box 3 folder 191

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.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Announcements--personal appearances, 1956-1979

box 4 folder 1

Announcements--personal appearances, 1980-1983

box 4 folder 2

Announcements--personal appearances, 1989-1990, n.d.

box 4 folder 3

Announcements--publications and reviews, 1942-1983

box 4 folder 4

Announcements--publications and reviews, 1984-2000, n.d.

box 4 folder 5

Bibliographical--bibliographical card file of titles by Henry Miller at Colby College (partial to 1983 Oct)

box 4 folder 6

Bibliographical--general Bern Porter publications

box 4 folder 7

Bibliographical--bibliographies of Porter at other institutions

box 4 folder 8

Bibliographical--Porter books/mss 1994 Fall

box 4 folder 9

Bibliographical--ts lists of Porter collection with valuations, 1993-1994

box 4 folder 10

Bibliographical--partial checklist of titles in the Bern Porter collection at Colby College (1/2)

box 4 folder 11

Bibliographical--partial checklist of titles in the Bern Porter collection at Colby College(2/2)

box 4 folder 12

Bibliographical--Maine book catalogues/samplers, citing/listing Bern Porter items

box 4 folder 13

Bibliographical--bibliography of Sackner collection, citing Porter

box 4 folder 14

Colby College

box 4 folder 15

Miscellaneous concerning Porter

box 4 folder 16

Notes on retrospective

box 4 folder 17

Porter interview concerning Kenneth Patchen

box 4 folder 18

Promotional materials and order forms

box 4 folder 19

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).


Arranged chronologically.

Personal--Porter family correspondence

box 4 folder 20


box 4 folder 21


box 4 folder 22

Professional--Maine State Library, 1941-1983 (photocopies)

box 4 folder 23

Professional--Porter collection at Bowdoin College

box 4 folder 24

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.


Arranged alphabetically.

Clippings about Porter, 1937-1976

box 4 folder 25

Clippings about Porter, 1977-1986

box 4 folder 26

Clippings about Porter, 1987-1995

box 4 folder 27

Clippings about Porter in Belfast, 1973-1998, n.d.

box 4 folder 28

Clippings about Porter in Knox County, 1968-1969

box 4 folder 29

Clippings concerning the death of Henry Miller, 1980

box 4 folder 30

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.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Art/writings created for Bern Porter

box 5 folder 1

Biographical articles--Caesar, William "The Court Where You Have No Rights"

box 5 folder 2

Biographical articles--Dunker, Elizabeth D. "About Bern Porter"

box 5 folder 3

Biographical articles--Fallon, Tom "Bern Porter is for Everyman"

box 5 folder 4

Biographical articles--Goodyear, Sarah "Artful Codger," in "Down East" 40:3 (Oct 1993), 60-64, 81-82.

box 5 folder 5

Biographical articles--Higgins, Dick "Thinking about Bern Porter," 1968

box 5 folder 6

Biographical articles--Hunting, Constance "Bern Porter, Maine Original [...]," 1978 Apr

box 5 folder 7

Biographical articles--McClure, Barbara "As I Reflect--Bern Porter"

box 5 folder 8

Biographical articles--Melnicove, Mark, Untitled

box 5 folder 9

Biographical articles--Merriam, Kendall, Untitled

box 5 folder 10

Biographical articles--Nurenberg, Phil "Bern Porter Prologue or Epilogue Draft"

box 5 folder 11

Biographical articles--assorted, [n. a.]

box 5 folder 12

Biographical directories, certificates, and memberships

box 5 folder 13

Biographical information

box 5 folder 14

Biography--Schevill, James, notes on "The Roaring Market and the Silent Tomb"

box 5 folder 15

Biography--Schevill, James "Where to Go, What to Do, When You are Bern Porter" proof (1/2)

box 5 folder 16

Biography--Schevill, James "Where to Go, What to Do, When You Are Bern Porter" proof (2/2)

box 5 folder 17

Biography--Schevill, James "Where to Go, What to Do, When You Are Bern Porter" ts (1/2)

box 5 folder 18

Biography--Schevill, James "Where to Go, What to Do, When You Are Bern Porter" ts (2/2)

box 5 folder 19

Family--family documents

box 5 folder 20

Family--family ephemera

box 5 folder 21

Family--family genealogical information

box 5 folder 22

Family--family photographs

box 5 folder 23

Friends--Althea Brockaway, Houlton Public Schools art teacher

box 5 folder 24

Interview with Porter, taped for Colby College (videotape)

box 5 folder 25


box 5 folder 26

Miscellaneous--Schevill, James "The Buddhist Cart" poster print, 1968

map-case D10

Photographs--photographs of the Institute for Advanced Thinkings (Porter's home, Belfast)

box 5 folder 27

Photographs--photographs and portraits of Porter

box 5 folder 28

Travel/cruises (1/4)

box 5 folder 29

Travel/cruises (2/4)

box 5 folder 30

Travel/cruises (3/4)

box 5 folder 31

Travel/cruises (4/4)

box 5 folder 32

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.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Catalogues, etc. citing/using Bern Porter contributions (1/2)

box 6 folder 1

Catalogues, etc. citing/using Bern Porter contributions(2/2)

box 6 folder 2

Copy art prints, 1980-1991

box 6 folder 3

Copy art publications (1/2)

box 6 folder 4

Copy art publications (2/2)

box 6 folder 5

International Fax Art Biennial, 1st and 2nd (1990, 1990)

box 6 folder 6

Mail art announcements, etc.

box 6 folder 7

Mail art catalogues, 1982-1984

box 6 folder 8

Mail art Catalogues, 1986-1989

box 6 folder 9

Mail art catalogues, c.1989

box 6 folder 10

Mail art Catalogues, 1990

box 6 folder 11

Mail art catalogues, 1991

box 6 folder 12

Mail art catalogues 1992, n.d.

box 6 folder 13

Postcard art, mss and completed works

box 6 folder 14

Postcard art, mss and completed works

box 6 folder 15