Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Jack E. Porter papers, MS.000289

Jack E. (Easton) Porter was born in Peoria, Illinois, on September 17, 1920. He was the first director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program from 1969 to 1973. Afterwards he became museum curator for the Arkansas History Commission until he left Arkansas, in 1975 to become director of the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nevada. Porter died February 17, 1996. His last place of residence was Mountain Home, Arkansas.

This collection contains the personal letters and memorabilia of Jack E. Porter, 1944-1945. He was a second lieutenant during World War II and served in Company G, 399th Infantry Division of the United States Army. Porter was stationed in both France and Germany. These letters were written to his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Cahill of Chicago, Illinois. Porter wrote of specific events of his tour of duty as well as his personal feelings and reactions to battles.

  • I. Correspondence from Jack Porter
    • 1. 1944 August (Box 1)
    • 2. 1944 September
    • 3. 1944 October
    • 4. 1944 November-December
    • 5. 1945 January-March
    • 6. 1945 April 1-22
    • 7. 1945 April 23-27
    • 8. 1945 April 28-30
    • 9. 1945 May
    • 10. 1945 June
    • 11. 1945 July
  • II. Other correspondence
    • 12. Correspondence to Jack Porter (military orders): 1945 June
    • 13. Correspondence regarding Jack Porter: 1945 May
  • III. Miscellaneous
    • 14. Receipts: undated
    • 15. Newspaper: "Century Sentinel," vol. III, no. 84, 1945 May 19

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