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Porter Family papers

Identifier: MC 87

Scope and Contents

William Porter papers:
Account books, articles and sketches about, articles collected, Beloit College information, biographical information, correspondence, family letters (1830-1900), "Golden Wedding Book, July 13, 1854-1904", honors awarded, obituaries, obituaries of colleagues.

Lucius Porter papers:
The Beloit College Archives holds a series of letters circa 1947-1949 from China, which describes the rise of Communism and Chairman Mao and deal with Porter's internment before returning to the United States. Much of Lucius Porter's correspondence has been transcribed.
Athlete records, biographical data, centennial information and publications, certificates, church records, family tree information, journals, memorials, notes, original lecture notes, pamphlets, photographs, president's file, prose, publications, Sigma Chi publications, writings.

Henry Porter papers:
Articles about, correspondence, Chinese pamphlets, letters about Henry Porter, pamphlets in English

Other Porter family members mentioned or with papers in this collection:
Ellen Chapin Porter, Fannie P. Porter, Delia Lyman Porter, Jeremiah Porter, Franklin Chamberlin, Mary Porter Chamberlin, Quincy Porter, Eliza Chappel Porter, James W. Porter, Henry Porter, Edward C. Porter, Charlotte Porter, Edwards W. Porter.


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research; however, certain materials are very fragile and require Archives staff for handling, or use may be restricted altogether.

Biographical / Historical

Porter family members represented in the collection:

William Porter (Beloit College professor from 1853-1906)
Jeremiah Porter (brother of Prof. William)
Henry Dwight Porter, class of 1867 (son of Jeremiah, nephew of Prof. William, husband of Ellen Chapin)
Ellen Chapin Porter (daughter of Aaron L. Chapin, wife of Henry Dwight)
Lucius Chapin Porter, class of 1901 (son of Henry Dwight and Ellen Chapin)


10 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains papers from a number of different Porter family members, but primarily includes the papers of Professor William Porter and Lucius Chapin Porter (Beloit College class of 1901). There is also a small collection of Henry Dwight Porter (class of 1867) papers. Among William Porter's papers is a vast collection of correspondence between various Porter family members.


This collection has been compiled over the years through separate accessions of various sizes from various offices and individuals, none of which has any accompanying documentation. The original order of the documents is unknown. The arrangement order presented here has been imposed by the College Archives staff.

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Repository Details

Part of the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections Repository

700 College St.
Beloit WI 53511 USA