Guide to the Jack Nusan Porter Papers


Processed by Nicole Greenhouse

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Nicole Greenhouse in 2017 February. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Porter, Jack Nusan
Title: Jack Nusan Porter Papers
Abstract: This collection contains biographical materials and writings of Jack Nusan Porter, a rabbi and sociologist. His writings focus on modern genocide and the Holocaust.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: P-1024
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note

Jack Nusan Porter was born in Rovno, Ukraine on December 2, 1944. He was born to partisan commander Srulik Puchtik (Irving Porter) of the Kruk-Maks Fighting Group. Approximately 400 Jews were in the fighting group, which also hid and protected a family group of civilians. His mother, Faygeh Merin Puchtik, was a leader in the family group. After World War II, the family immigrated to the United States. Porter received his bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1967 and his doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University in 1971. Porter was involved in multiple student groups, including Students for a Democratic Society and the Jewish Student Movement. Porter was a sociology professor at multiple universities in Massachusetts. His studies focused on modern genocide and the sociology of the Holocaust. In his forties, Porter was ordained and was the rabbi at congregations in Marlboro and Chelsea, Massachusetts and Key West, Florida. Porter unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2012.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains biographical materials and writings by Jack Nusan Porter, including articles, photographs, synagogue pamphlets and newsletters, and sociology articles by Porter. The sociology articles in the collection mostly focus on cults, Jewish women in the anti-Nazi resistance, and conflict resolution. There are also some materials commemorating Jewish Currents.

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Arranged alphabetically.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

The Jack Nusan Porter Papers is one individual collection within the Counter Culture collections located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other counter culture collections at AJHS include the Arthur Ocean Waskow Papers (P-152), Leonard Fein Papers (P-582), Shira Eve Epstein Papers (P-776), Riv-Ellen Prell Papers (P-795), Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers (P-841), Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers (P-876), Goldie Milgram Papers (P-876), Jack Jacobs Papers (P-1020), Gerald Serotta Papers (P-1023), Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers (P-1030), Jews for Urban Justice (Washington, D.C.) Records (I-159), Jewish Peace Fellowship Records (I-189), Jewish Student Press Service Records (I-248), Breira Records (I-250), American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records (I-326), North American Jewish Students Appeal Records (I-338), Jewish Labor Committee Records (I-377), New Jewish Agenda Records (I-393), Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records (I-449), Jewish Counter Culture Collection (I-504), Trees and Life for Vietnam Records (I-542), Lights in Action Records (I-560), Brit Tzedek v'Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace Records (I-587), and portions of the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

The Leo Baeck Institute also has a collection of Porter's papers:

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jack Nusan Porter Papers; P-1024; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Processing Information

In 2017, a DACS compliant finding aid was written.

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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.


Jack Nusan Porter Papers, 1980-2003

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