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Financial and Legal, 1906-1977 and undated

 Series 4

This series includes Porter's official legal and financial materials, such as bank books and statements; check registers; checking records (check stubs and one canceled check); deposit slips; loans; bills; contracts; materials from real estate purchases and leases; medical, car, and travel insurance certificates; legal records of the Katherine Anne Porter Foundation; marriage certificates from 1906, 1933, and 1938; divorce papers from 1937 and 1942; Medicare statements; passports, visas, and identity cards; records of royalties and fees received; social security applications and statements; income tax forms; and three versions of her will and its codicils.

Notable materials include a 1961 writ of attachment that documents a disagreement with her household help; numerous unfulfilled book contracts; and the 1977 document that gave Paul Porter, Jr., legal guardianship of Porter.

The series is separated into fourteen subcategories: Banks; Bills; Contracts; Housing; Insurance; Katherine Anne Porter Foundation; Marriage and Divorce Documents; Medical; Other Legal; Passports, Visas, and Identity Cards; Royalties and Fees; Social Security; Taxes; and Wills and Codicils. Materials are arranged alphabetically by folder title, then chronologically, with the exception of the bills and the tax forms, which are wholly chronological.


  • 1906-1977 and undated

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public, non-circulating, and must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.


3.00 Linear Feet

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742