American physicist, poet, publisher, editor of artists' books, illustrator and mail artist. Collection consists of five collections
of mail art preserved by Porter from his own accumulation and those of fellow mail artists John Pyros, Carlo Pittore (née
Charles Stanley), Robert Saunders, and Jay Yager.
Bern Porter was born Bernard Harden Porter on February 14, 1911 in
Porter Settlement, Maine. Schooled in physics, Porter contributed to the
Manhattan Project until 1945 when he quit shortly after he published Henry
Murder the Murderer, an anti-war tract. Disillusioned by
the misapplication of scientific potential, Porter began to express himself
through a fusion of science and art. In 1959, he established the Institute for
Advanced Thinking to encourage freelance physicists to develop ideas that combine
physics and the humanities.
19.25 linear ft.
(39 boxes, 1 flat file
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