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Guide to the Esther LaPorta Donor Relations records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Esther LaPorta Donor Relations records
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1999
    Collection number: USDA_2012_004
    Creator: LaPorta, Esther
    Extent: 3 boxes, (1.5 linear feet)
    Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
    Copley Library
    5998 Alcalá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110
    Abstract: These records include Esther LaPorta's research materials about the University of San Diego founding, interview transcripts for Author and Marge Hughes, and Capital Campaign materials. Research materials include copies of correspondence between Bishop Charles Buddy and members of the Nolan family as well as between Bishop Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill.
    Languages: English

    Biographical Note

    Esther LaPorta served in a variety of roles during her 16 years at the University of San Diego, with particular focus on fundraising and donor relations. Her tenure includes:
    • Assistant Campaign Director Capital Programs, 1990-1992
    • Director of Corporate Relations, 1992-1995
    • Director of Donor Relations, 1995-2000
    • Executive Director of Development, 2001-2002
    • Associate VP of University Relations, 2004-2006

    Scope and Content Note

    Esther LaPorta collected these records during her tenure at the University of San Diego. LaPorta gathered historical records about the founding of USD to provide context during donor events. Correspondence between Bishop Charles Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill, for example, were used to construct the narrative for the 1999 President's Dinner. Correspondence between Bishop Charles Buddy and members of the Nolan family, articles and manuscripts written about the founding of the San Diego College for Women and the early history of the University of San Diego, and records pertaining to President Author Hughes are also included. Of particular significance are interview transcripts of Author and Marge Hughes. These interviews were conducted in March of 1995 as the Hughes' were preparing to retire from the University.
    Documents pertaining to the University of San Diego Capital Campaign, as well as artifacts used to recognize significant donors are also included in these records. Capital Campaign records include reports and evaluations of the campaign.
    The bulk of these records are photocopies. The location of the originals is unknown.


    These records are arranged chronologically into three series:

    Access Information

    These records are open for research.

    Preferred citation

    [Folder Title], Box # Folder #, Esther LaPorta Donor Relations records, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Esther LaPorta.

    Processing Information

    Initial processing of this collection was conducted by Tessie Camina in 2012. Further processing was conducted by Ashley Toutain in 2017.

    Removed or Separated Material

    One photograph of Author Hughes has been moved to photograph storage for preservation purposes. A copy remains with the collection.

    Index Terms

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    LaPorta, Esther
    Buddy, Charles Francis, 1887-1966
    Hill, Rosalie Clifton, Mother, 1878-1964
    Hughes, Author E.
    Hughes, Marge
    Crane, Gertrude Bertina Nolan, 1897-1953
    Nolan, Julia A., 1887-1982
    Nolan, Thomas F., -1959

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of San Diego
    San Diego College for Women

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Diego (Calif.)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    fund raising
    presidential inaugurations
    presidents' spouses
    presidents' retirement