The following paragraphs provide brief descriptions of the papers related to Eliot
Porter available for research in the Amon Carter Museum Archives. Finding aids for these
collections are currently under development; however, draft copies may be obtained by
Complete finding aids are scheduled to be posted on this Web site in spring 2003.
PATRICK E. PORTER COLLECTION OF ELIOT PORTER LETTERS
The Patrick E. Porter Collection of Eliot Porter Letters contains 102 letters (1953-1971)
from Porter to his son Patrick. These personal letters focus on their relationship but also
offer insight into Eliot Porter's work. Patrick Porter donated the letters to the museum in
STEPHEN PORTER COLLECTION OF ELIOT PORTER PAPERS
The Stephen Porter Collection of Eliot Porter Papers contains "An Account of a Robin's Nest,"
an essay written by Eliot Porter when he was in fourth grade; 153 letters (1953-1989) from
Porter to his wife, Aline, and to his son Stephen; thirty-one letters (1961-1987) from Porter
to friends W. Powell and Betty Cottrille; and ephemeral published materials. Porter's letters
to Aline and Stephen primarily focus on family issues but also provide insight into his work.
In the letters to the Cottrilles, Porter discusses bird watching (including adventures of how
he obtained some of his photographs), family news, and various personal and business trips.
Stephen Porter donated these materials to the museum in 1997 and 2002.
DR. W. POWELL COTTRILLE COLLECTION OF ELIOT PORTER MATERIALS
W. Powell and Betty Cottrille, birders who took off every summer to make both still and moving
images of birds, were friends of Porter and frequently hosted the photographer. The Dr. W.
Powell Cottrille Collection of Eliot Porter Materials contains one letter from Porter and
ephemeral materials, including a portfolio title page and box for A Few Michigan Birds. The
materials were donated to the museum in 1996 by Dr. Cottrille.
ELIOT PORTER/ANSEL ADAMS CORRESPONDENCE
The Eliot Porter/Ansel Adams Correspondence contains photocopies of forty-seven pieces of
correspondence (1943-1980) relating to Porter. Primary correspondents include Adams, Porter,
and Aline Porter, and subjects include photography, color photography, Polaroid film, the
Sierra Club, the Friends of Photography, and Porter's travel and book projects. The original
letters are in the Ansel Adams Archive at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona.