Beverly Jane Porter papers, 1936-2010

Overview of the Collection

Porter, Beverly Jane; Porter, Christopher
Beverly Jane Porter papers
1936-2010 (inclusive)
1.25 Linear Feet, (3 Boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 3212
The Beverly Jane Porter papers (1936-2010) consist primarily of correspondence from Porter, while she was living in South Africa, to family in the United States.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Beverly Jane Slabaugh Porter was born on January 8, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Edwin P. Slabaugh and Susan Hampton. While at the University of Utah in the mid-1930s, Porter was a member of the French Club, Women's Glee Club, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. In the late 1930s, she moved to New York City to study voice. She married Robert Rampton Porter in 1938. The couple moved and lived in Africa for nearly two decades while Robert worked as a consulting metallurgist. The couple had four children. Porter passed away on July 21, 2010.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Beverly Jane Porter papers (1936-2010) consist primarily of correspondence from Porter living in South Africa to family in the United States. Most of the letters are addressed to Porter's parents. The earliest letters are from New York in 1936. From 1939 through 1955, she writes from Northern Rhodesia now Zambia; Durban, South Africa; and Johannesburg, South Africa. In these lengthy letters, Porter provides family updates regarding their health and studies. She also writes about their "frightfully hectic" social life where bridge luncheons and buffet suppers often occur. She also touches upon her husband's work as a metallurgist recovering uranium. In 1949, British physicist, Sir John Cockcroft, visits her husband for a tour of the Witwatersrand University lab and mines. The letters from 1969 through 1970 are written from various countries during trip to Europe, the Mediterranean, and South Africa. The correspondence also includes telegrams, postcards, and photostatic copies via Airgraph. Also included are Porter's United States passports, death certificate, and general materials.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library's Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Christopher Porter in 2021.

Processing Note

Processed by Gina C. Giang in 2022.

Related Materials

See also the Everett L. Cooley oral history project (ACCN 0073).

Separated Materials

Four photographs were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Correspondence 1936-1989
1 1936-1943
2 1944-1989
3 1
3 2 Death certificate 2010
3 3 General materials
Consists of empty envelopes, obituaries, lunch menu, greeting card, photocopy of Porter's wedding portrait, and International Cruise Center itinerary.
3 4 Passports 1969-1993

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Foreign workers--South Africa
  • Housewives--South Africa
  • Mines and Mineral Resources--South Africa

Personal Names

  • Porter, Beverly Jane
  • Porter, Robert Rampton

Geographical Names

  • South Africa--Social life and customs

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Porter, Christopher (dnr)