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Porter Family Papers, 1902-1996

Porter Family Papers, 1902-1996

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Porter Family Papers, 1902-1996 UALR.MS.0188

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-05-08T09:50-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Porter Family Papers, 1902-1996
Dates: 1902-1996
Quantity: 5.0 Linear feet10 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0188


The Art Porter, Art Porter, Jr., and Porter-Minton-Yancey Family Papers are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains personal and professional papers, 1902-1996, of Art Porter, Art Porter, Jr., Reverend Robert Yancey, his wife Annie, and their daughter Thelma (Yancey) Minton, who was the mother-in-law of Art Porter.

The photographs in this collection depict Art Porter and his family as well as late nineteenth century and early twentieth century unidentified photographs of the Porter-Minton-Yancey family.

Biographical/Historical note

Arthur Lee “Art” Porter was born 1934 February 8 in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Eugene S. Porter and Lillie Mae (Warren) Porter of Patterson, Louisiana. Porter’s family also included an older brother, Eugene. Porter attended Little Rock public schools where he showcased his musical talents, particularly on the piano. Porter enrolled at the Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College in Pine Bluff (AM&N) [now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff] and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1954. He furthered his education by obtaining a master’s degree from Henderson State University in 1973. In 1955, Art married Thelma Pauline Minton, with whom he had four children: Art, Jr., Kenneth, Benita, and Reginald. In 1956, Art was drafted into the U. S. Army and was discharged in 1959. Throughout his career, Porter performed in numerous jazz groups and directed his church choir. He died in his Little Rock home in 1993 and is buried in Little Rock National Cemetery.

Arthur Lee “Art” Porter, Jr., was born 1961 August 3 in Little Rock to Art Porter and Thelma Pauline (Minton) Porter of Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1986, Art, Jr., received his bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from Northeastern University in Chicago, Illinois. He also studied jazz with pianist Ellis Marsalis (father of Wynton and Branford). Art, Jr., played a variety of instruments, but he excelled at the alto and tenor saxophones for which he won numerous awards, including best soloist at the Notre Dame Festival of Music and the National Association of Jazz Educators’ Outstanding Young Jazz Musician. Art, Jr., died in a boating accident in Thailand on 1996 November 23.

The Porter-Minton-Yancey Family’s letters, personal papers, and business records document African American life and culture in Lonoke County, Arkansas, and Little Rock, Arkansas, during the twentieth century. Letters mention family health, the “Great Migration” to Chicago, schooling, business matters, and cotton farming.


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This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Porter Family Papers, 1902-1996, UALR.MS.0118. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, Porter Family Papers, 1902-1996, UALR.MS.0188.

Processing by:

Kaye M. Lundgren, Archival Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2012 July 12.

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