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Harry Rex Porter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 21/7/103

Scope and Content

This collection (1897-1973) includes biographical information, college memorabilia, photographs, programs, and illustrations. Most of the photographs are of classmates and scenes from Iowa State including the Old Main fire and social activities. Some family photographs are also included. In addition, the collection contains biographical information, letters to Iowa State's alumni office, programs from the Iowa State senior banquet (1898), newspaper clippings from his daughters' weddings, programs from the Noit Avrats banquets (1902-1903) at the Victorian Hotel in Des Moines, and Porter's original illustrations used in Iowa State's 1900 Bomb yearbook.


  • Creation: 1897-1973, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Harry Rex Porter was born on September 30, 1877, in Woodbine, Iowa. He received his B.S. (1901) in agriculture from Iowa State College (University). As a student, Porter created illustrations that were used in the 1900 Bomb, Iowa State's yearbook, and was a member of the Ag Club.

Porter's first job after college was as bookkeeper for the National Bank of Commerce. He later moved to Vancouver, Washington, and was employed in the real estate and insurance industries. He eventually opened his own real estate office in 1923.

Porter married Harriet Hasbrouck on June 8, 1905, in Humeston, Iowa. Harriet was also a graduate of Iowa State and received her B.S. (1900) in general and domestic science. Following graduation, she served as secretary (1900-1902) to President Beardshear. The Porters had four daughters: Lucile, Beulah, Mildred, and Margaret. Harry Rex Porter died on November 23, 1972, at the age of 95 in Vancouver, Washington.


0.84 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)


Harry Rex Porter was an Iowa State College (University) graduate (1901) from Woodbine, Iowa. He married Harriet Hasbrouck, a 1900 Iowa State graduate, and moved to Vancouver, Washington. This collection includes biographical information, personal correspondence, illustrations used in the 1900 Bomb (Iowa State's yearbook), and photographs of campus life.


This collection is organized alphabetically with biographical information at the front.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 21/7/103. Harry Rex Porter papers, 1897-1973, undated
January 15, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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