Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Porter, Bern, 1911-2004
Title
Bern Porter collection
ID
M212
Date
1928-2002, undated
Extent
5.5 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Writings, artwork, correspondence, and biographical materials that document Bern Porter's life as a scientist and avant-garde writer, artist, and publisher.

Preferred Citation

Bern Porter Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Collection Inventory

 M212.1 Books and Book Projects, 1940-1995, n.d.   1.7 linear feet

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.

 M212.1.1 Books and Book Projects: Authored by Porter, 1940-1995, n.d.   1.2 linear feet

Scope and Contents note

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 note

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Box Folder
1 1

"American Strange" manuscript and four photographs 

Map-case
D10

"American Strange" poster prints (2) 

Box Folder
1 2

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

1 3

"Book of Do's" manuscript copy (1/2) 

1 4

"Book of Do's" manuscript copy (2/2) 

Map-case
D10

"Ciao Ciao" poster print 

Box Folder
1 5

"Farewell" manuscript, 1980 

1 6

"Gee-Whizzels" manuscript copy, 1985 

1 6a-6b

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

1 7

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

1 8

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

1 9

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

1 10

"I Ricordi di Firenze" unpublished manuscript, only copy, Sept 1980 

Volume
1

"Knox County," typescript and original manuscript, 1969 

Box Folder
1 11

"The Lamentations of the Physicists for the Radioactive Dead" unpublished final copy (transferred from M292, Mark Melnicove Papers) 

1 12

"The Last Acts of Saint Fuck You" original manuscript 

Map-case
D10

"The Last Acts of Saint Fuck You" poster print 

Box Folder
1 13

"The Manhattan Telephone Book" original materials 

1 14

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

1 15

"My My Dear Me" manuscript of Dec 1984 production 

1 16

"Physics for Tomorrow," 1959 

1 17

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

1 18

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

1 19

"So to Physics" typescript with illustrations 

1 20

"Sound and the Heat" typescript with illustrations, 1940 

1 21

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

1 22

"Sweet End" printer's proof 

2 1

"Symbols" manuscript, 1995 (1/2) 

2 2

"Symbols" manuscript, 1995 (2/2) 

2 3

"The Wastemaker" original pages and proofs 

Map-case
D10

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

Box Folder
2 4

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

2 5

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

 M212.1.2 Books and Book Projects: Published by Porter, 1946-1990, n.d.   0.5 linear feet

Scope and Contents note

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 note

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Box Folder
2 6

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

2 7

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

2 8

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

2 9

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

2 10

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

2 11

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

2 12

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

2 13

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

2 14

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

2 15

Picasso, Pablo "Poems," photocopy 

2 16

Viglini, Janelle "The Salvation Merchants," print 

Map-case
D10

Viglini, Janelle, Untitled Poem poster print 

Box Folder
2 17

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


 M212.2 Articles and Other Compositions, 1928-1995, n.d.   1.25 linear feet

Series Description:

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

 M212.2.1 Articles and Other Compositions: Artwork, 1931-1992, n.d.   0.2 linear feet

Scope and Contents note

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

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

Map-case
D10

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

D10

Founds--"Me" 1982 May 10 

D10

Founds--untitled, 1975 (3) 

Box Folder
2 18

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

2 19

Founds--untitled, n.d. 

2 20

Maps--"Joyceana" 

2 21

Maps--"Map of Chemistry" 

2 22

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

2 23

Maps--"Map of Houlton High School" 

2 24

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

2 25

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

2 26

Photographs--"Dawn Bird" original and printed 

2 27

Photographs--"The Death of Abel" 

2 28

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

2 29

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

2 30

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

2 31

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

2 32

Printed and Photocopied--miscellaneous, untitled 

2 33

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

2 34

Sketches--ink on cardboard sketches of French countryside 

2 35

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

2 36

Sketches--pencil sketches of abstract and organic shapes 

2 37

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

2 38

Sketches--pencil figure and portrait studies 

2 39

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

2 40

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

 M212.2.2 Articles and Other Compositions: Published Writings, 1935-1995, n.d.   0.3 linear feet

Scope and Contents note

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 note

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
3 1

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

3 2

1935, "Dag Colloidal Graphite: Properties and Applications" 

3 3

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

3 4

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

3 5

1935 Aug, "Tantalum Capacitators," Radio Engineering 

3 6

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

3 7

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

3 8

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

3 9

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

3 10

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

3 11

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

3 12

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

3 13

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

3 14

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

3 15

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

3 16

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

3 17

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

3 18

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

3 19

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

3 20

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

3 21

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

3 22

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

3 23

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

3 24

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

3 25

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

3 26

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

3 27

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

3 28

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

3 29

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

3 30

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

3 31

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

3 32

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

3 33

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

3 34

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

3 35

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

3 36

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

3 37

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

3 38

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

3 39

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

3 40

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

3 41

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

3 42

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

3 43

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

3 44

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

3 45

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

3 46

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

3 47

1942 Oct, "Graphite Shielding," Radio 273 

3 48

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

3 49

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

3 50

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

3 51

1943 Oct, "Counting Radioactive Particles," Electronic Industries 

3 52

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

3 53

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

3 54

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

3 55

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

3 56

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

3 57

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

3 58

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

3 59

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

3 60

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

3 61

1980, Various untitled, ME 1:1 

3 62

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

3 63

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

3 64

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

3 65

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

3 66

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

3 67

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

3 68

n.d., "Founds," Out of Sight 60 

3 69

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

3 70

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

3 71

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

3 72

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

3 73

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

3 74

n.d., Untitled, Soul's Edge

 M212.2.3 Articles and Other Compositions: Unpublished Writings, 1928-1981, n.d.   0.75 linear feet

Scope and Contents note

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.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by title.

General note

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

Box Folder
3 75

"The 50/50 Plan" mss and ts 

3 76

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

3 77

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

3 78

"Applied Art in War and After" ts 

3 79

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

3 80

"As Susan Serves" ts 

3 81

"Astronautics" mss photocopy 

3 81a

"At Home Summer of '32" mss 

3 82

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

3 83

"The Beam of Creation" mss 

3 84

"Belfast Belfastia" rejected pages, ts with illustrations 

3 85

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

3 86

"Bobo-Dee" mss 

3 87

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

3 88

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

3 89

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

3 90

"Crazy Bug" 2 mss, 3 ts copies 

3 91

"Critique of Literary Writing" mss 

3 92

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

3 93

"Curing Some Servicing Ills" ts 

3 94

"Curing This Summer's Ills" ts 

3 95

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

3 96

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

3 97

"Dream in a Penthouse" ts 

3 98

"Edward G. Acheson, Inventor" ts carbon 

3 99

"Eugenics" ts 

3 100

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

3 101

"Fissures in Meaning" ts photocopy 

3 102

"Forest Decay Yields New Sculpture Form" ts 

3 103

"From Darien" ts photocopy 

3 104

"Glad to Know You" ts 

3 105

"God Damn Everything Anyway and Mostly on December Eighth" 

3 106

"Golf" mss 

3 107

"Good Morning!" ts 

3 108

"Home Radio Builders Substitute for Metals" ts 

3 109

"How Do You Do!" ts 

3 110

"How to Decay" ts 

3 111

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

3 112

"It's Your Nose" ts 

3 113

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

3 114

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

3 115

"Le Jou Des Enfants" ts 

3 116

"Le (R)evolution" mss photocopy 

3 117

"Maine Notes" ts photocopy 

3 118

"The Making of Gold Leaf" ts 

3 119

"Mania, USA" ts 

3 120

"Metamorphic Rhizomes" ts carbon (2 copies) 

3 121

"My Wife Made Me" ts 

3 122

"Nature and Man" mss and ts 

3 123

"New High in Auto Ads" ts 

3 124

"No Breakage" ts and mss 

3 125

"Ohm's Law" ts 

3 126

"Old Baldy" ts 

3 127

"Perley Bug" ts (2 drafts) 

3 128

"5. Plans of Work" mss and ts 

3 129

"This Plastic Age" ts 

3 130

"Plucky" outline, mss, ts drafts 

3 131

"Preserving Subversion in Print" ts photocopy 

3 132

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

3 133

"Production Milking" ts 

3 133

"Psalm" mss, ts, correspondence 

3 134

"Relax With Your Hands" ts 

3 135

"Science" mss 

3 136

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

3 137

"Science at War" ts 

3 138

"Sculpture from Decayed Wood" ts and photographs 

3 139

"Sound" mss 

3 140

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

3 141

"Spilled Water" ts 

3 142

"Squared at Auction" ts (2 drafts) 

3 142a

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

3 143

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

3 144

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

3 145

"The Voices" ts 

3 146

"Where Am I?" ts 

3 147

"You're In a Word" ts 

3 148

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

3 149

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

3 150

Untitled--mss, 1929 May 3 

3 150a

Untitled--notebooks, n.d. 

3 151

Untitled--poetry mss and related notes 

3 152

Untitled--projects 

3 153

Untitled--ts, n.d. 

3 154

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

3 155

"The Church Market" ts, 2 photographs 

3 156

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

3 157

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

3 158

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

3 159

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

3 160

"Get After the Mail Orders" ts and 3 photographs 

3 161

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

3 162

"Getting Readers to Read Ads" ts and photograph 

3 163

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

3 164

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

3 165

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

3 166

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

3 167

"Land's End" ts 

3 168

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

3 169

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

3 170

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

3 171

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

3 172

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

3 173

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

3 174

"Planning a Bike Outing" ts captions, 4 photographs 

3 175

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

3 176

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

3 177

"Promoting a New Linen Supply Store" edited ts 

3 178

"Radioactive Isotopes Detect Metal Flaws in Aircraft Parts" ts 

3 179

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

3 180

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

3 181

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

3 182

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

3 183

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

3 184

"Top-Market Coins" ts and article instructions 

3 185

"What's Ahead for Transportation" ts 

3 186

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

3 187

"World's Largest Fire Hydrant System" ts 

3 188

Untitled--coffee article research materials and photographs 

3 189

Untitled--maintenance article research materials 

3 190

Untitled--miscellaneous research material 

3 191

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


 M212.3 Subject Files, 1956-2000, n.d.   0.6 linear feet

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:

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Box Folder
4 1

Announcements--personal appearances, 1956-1979 

4 2

Announcements--personal appearances, 1980-1983 

4 3

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

4 4

Announcements--publications and reviews, 1942-1983 

4 5

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

4 6

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

4 7

Bibliographical--general Bern Porter publications 

4 8

Bibliographical--bibliographies of Porter at other institutions 

4 9

Bibliographical--Porter books/mss 1994 Fall 

4 10

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

4 11

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

4 12

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

4 13

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

4 14

Bibliographical--bibliography of Sackner collection, citing Porter 

4 15

Colby College 

4 16

Miscellaneous concerning Porter 

4 17

Notes on retrospective 

4 18

Porter interview concerning Kenneth Patchen 

4 19

Promotional materials and order forms 


 M212.4 Correspondence, 1941-1990, n.d.   0.25 linear feet

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).

Arrnagement:

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
4 20

Personal--Porter family correspondence 

4 21

Professional--1965-1983 

4 22

Professional--1984-1990 

4 23

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

4 24

Professional--Porter collection at Bowdoin College 


 M212.5 Clippings, 1937-1998, n.d.   0.2 linear feet

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:

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
4 25

Clippings about Porter, 1937-1976 

4 26

Clippings about Porter, 1977-1986 

4 27

Clippings about Porter, 1987-1995 

4 28

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

4 29

Clippings about Porter in Knox County, 1968-1969 

4 30

Clippings concerning the death of Henry Miller, 1980 


 M212.6 Personal and Biographical, 1968-1993, n.d.   0.75 linear feet

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:

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Box Folder
5 1

Art/writings created for Bern Porter 

5 2

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

5 3

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

5 4

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

5 5

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

5 6

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

5 7

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

5 8

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

5 9

Biographical articles--Melnicove, Mark, Untitled 

5 10

Biographical articles--Merriam, Kendall, Untitled 

5 11

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

5 12

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

5 13

Biographical directories, certificates, and memberships 

5 14

Biographical information 

5 15

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

5 16

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

5 17

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

5 18

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

5 19

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

5 20

Family--family documents 

5 21

Family--family ephemera 

5 22

Family--family genealogical information 

5 23

Family--family photographs 

5 24

Friends--Althea Brockaway, Houlton Public Schools art teacher 

5 25

Interview with Porter, taped for Colby College (videotape) 

5 26

Miscellaneous 

Map-case
D10

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

Bin Folder
5 27

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

5 28

Photographs--photographs and portraits of Porter 

5 29

Travel/cruises (1/4) 

5 30

Travel/cruises (2/4) 

5 31

Travel/cruises (3/4) 

5 32

Travel/cruises (4/4) 


 M212.7 Mail and Copy Art, 1982-2002, n.d.   0.75 linear feet

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:

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Bin Folder
6 1

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

6 2

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

6 3

Copy art prints, 1980-1991 

6 4

Copy art publications (1/2) 

6 5

Copy art publications (2/2) 

6 6

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

6 7

Mail art announcements, etc. 

6 8

Mail art catalogues, 1982-1984 

6 9

Mail art Catalogues, 1986-1989 

6 10

Mail art catalogues, c.1989 

6 11

Mail art Catalogues, 1990 

6 12

Mail art catalogues, 1991 

6 13

Mail art catalogues 1992, n.d. 

6 14

Postcard art, mss and completed works 

6 15

Postcard art, mss and completed works