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Finding Aid for the Bern Porter Papers, 1935-1983
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bern Porter Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1983
    Collection number: 639
    Creator: Porter, Bern, 1911-
    Extent: 100 boxes (50 linear ft.) 5 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Bernard Harden Porter (1911- )was the Republican candidate for governor of Maine (1969) and was an author, poet, editor, illustrator, and publisher. The collection includes papers, correspondence, manuscripts, notes, books, printed items, ephemera, a film, illustrations, portraits, and lithographs by, and relating to, Bern Porter.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    PARTIALLY PROCESSED COLLECTION UNAVAILABLE FOR USE: except for boxes 1, 37, 39, 41-43, 95-98, 103-105. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Manuscripts Librarian, UCLA Dept. of Special Collections.
    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bern Porter Papers (Collection 639). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233602 


    Bernard Harden Porter was born on February 14, 1911 in Porter Settlement, Maine; Sc.B, Colby College, 1932; Sc.M, Brown University, 1933; special courses at Da Vinci School (1937), Convair School (1957), University of Maine (1960), and Federal School (1963); in 1929 founded Bern Porter (publishing company) in Belfast, Maine; became physicist for Acheson Colloids Corporation (1935-40) and for the Manhattan District Engineers (1940-45); became consulting physicist in 1945; director of Contemporary Gallery, West Coast Design Guild, and Fund for Contemporary Expression, 1947-50; Republican candidate for governor of Maine, 1969; became author, poet, editor, illustrator, and publisher; founding fellow, International Poetry Society; published works include Colloidal Graphite: its Properties and Applications (1939), Map of Physics (1939), Henry Miller: a Bibliography (compiler, 1943), Scandinavian Summer (1961), Wernher Von Braun: a Bibliography and Selected Papers (editor, 1966), Reminiscences, 1927-1970 (1970), American Strange (1979), and Isla Vista (1981).

    Scope and Content

    Boxes 1, 37, 39, 41-43, 95-98, and 103-105 include papers, correspondence, manuscripts, notes, books, printed items, ephemera, a film, illustrations, portraits, and lithographs by and relating to Bern Porter. Manuscripts include Man (1965) by William Faulkner (edited by Porter), Semblance of a Devoted Past, What To Do About Alf, and Verda: The Master Builder by Henry Miller, and an essay, poems, and Run on by Porter. Also includes a portrait of James Joyce, a portrait of Porter by Liesel Rosenthal, three lithographs, and one oil painting.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Porter, Bern, 1911- --Archives.
    Physicists--United States--Archival resources.
    Poets, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Publishers and publishing--United States--Archival resources.