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R. Russell Porter Collection
Special Collections & Archives

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Administrative Documents

  • Administrative file folders are arranged alphabetically, then chronologically within each folder.
  • Administrative correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, photos and press releases do not directly pertain to a particular artistic work, and are arranged chronologically. (The correspondence file is further arranged by author and recipient.)
  • Documents pertaining to an artistic work are filed with or adjacent to that work.
  • Personal papers include insurance documents, greeting cards, and other miscellaneous documents.
  • Personnel records include biographical updates, evaluations and records of appointments and salary treatment.
  • Planning – Fine Arts Center contains brochures and floor plans of centers in other cities. Many of these were collected by Porter's predecessor, Campton Bell.
  • Papers are filed chronologically. Where the final version is not available, a draft has been retained.
  • Speeches are filed chronologically where the date can be determined.
  • Radio scripts include those written while Porter was at Kansas and at University. They are filed chronologically, and there is little documentation beyond the scripts themselves. Scripts in the series, “Westward America”, were written by various authors and were produced by Professor Porter.
  • Plays and librettos by Porter are arranged chronologically. Some have the script and score along with multiple drafts and adjunct materials, while others have only a playbill or review.
  • Two plays are mentioned in Porter's personnel file, but are not represented in the collection. These are The Face of the Future (1962) and Inevitable Hour (1964), which was another collaboration with Normand Lockwood.
  • Plays by others are arranged separately, in chronological order. These appear to have been submitted to Porter and his predecessor, Campton Bell, to be considered for production at the University of Denver Theater.
Related Collections
  • University of Denver Penrose Library – Theater Collection
  • University of Denver Penrose Library – Centennial Collection
  • University of Colorado, Music – Lockwood Collection
  • Denver Public Library – Score of “Inevitable Hour”



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