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Thomas Jenks Porter papers

Guide to the Thomas Jenks Porter papers

Collection number: HMC-1418.
Creator: Porter, Thomas Jenks.
Title: Thomas Jenks Porter papers.
Dates: 1971-2019 (inclusive), 1971-1983 (bulk).
Volume of collection: 0.4 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Professional papers of an Anchorage doctor involved with care of newborns.

Biographical note:
Thomas Jenks Porter was born in 1934 in Pasadena, California. He was a pediatrician and worked for the Public Health Service. He and his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1972 where he worked for the Alaska Native Medical Center. He was also affiliated with Providence Hospital. He died in Anchorage in 2019. (Biographical information provided by Heidi Anne Porter. A lengthier biography is available in the collection).

Collection description:
The collection includes biographical materials relating to Thomas Jenks Porter such as a curriculum vitae and biographies written by family members. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and reports related to the Alaska Newborn Project, a collaborative statewide project aimed at improving health care for infants across Alaska. The Project was largely based at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, but also included support from the State of Alaska and the U.S. Public Health Service. The collection includes records relating to annual perinatal training symposia held for medical providers.

Arrangement: Collection materials are mainly in chronological order.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Copyright to collection materials may vary depending on the creator of the materials.

Preferred citation: Thomas Jenks Porter papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For additional materials related to Alaskan medicine and health in the Archives holdings, see our guide to Medicine and Health collections.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives in 2022 by Heidi Anne Porter on behalf of the Porter family.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2023.

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