Guide to the Jack Nusan Porter (1944- ) Papers

Collection Title: Jack Nusan Porter (1944- ) Papers
Dates: 1965-1997
Identification: 55/10
Creator: Porter, Jack Nusan, 1944-
Extent: 4 Boxes
Abstract: Jack Nusan Porter received his doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University in 1971. His dissertation, "Student Protest, University Decision-Making, and the Technocratic Society: The Case of ROTC," was a study of student opposition to Northwestern's Reserve Officer Training Corps from 1968 to 1970. Porter's teaching and research interests included sociology, psychology, and Jewish studies. He was most active in the sociological study of Jewry, of genocide, and of the effects of the Nazi Holocaust. The Jack Nusan Porter Papers include correspondence; publications, research, and teaching files; and student materials. They document Porter's teaching and research at a variety of institutions.
Acquisition Information: The University Archives received these Papers in two accessions (Acc. #79-160 and Acc. #79-210) from Jack Nusan Porter. The first addition materials were donated to the University Archives by Jack Nusan Porter and received on October 3, 1983 (Accession #83-143). The University Archives received the second addition from Jack Nusan Porter on August 16, 1985 (Accession #85-165). The third addition was received from Jack Nusan Porter by the Northwestern University Archives on August 26, 1986 (Accession #86-163). The fourth addition was received from Jack Nusan Porter by the Northwestern University Archives on December 5, 1986, as Accession #86-256.
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty and Kevin Leonard; July 1, 1981.The first addition was processed by Kevin B. Leonard; October 4, 1983.The second addition was processed by Kevin B. Leonard; August 16, 1985.The third addition was processed by Patricia Cloud, September 4, 1986.The fourth addition was processed by Patricia Cloud, December 10, 1986.
Separated Materials: The University Archives holds a copy of Student Protest and the Technocratic Society: The Case of ROTC. This book is shelved with the Archives' reference book collection. The University Library holds a copy of Jewish Radicalism. It is cataloged 301.452 P846j. A photograph of Porter has been transferred to the Archives' Photograph Collection.Four photographs were removed from the third addition to the University Archives' photograph collection.Four photographs have been separated from the fourth addition and added to the Northwestern University Archives photo file.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Jack Nusan Porter was born Yaakov Puchtik on December 2, 1944 in Rovno, Ukraine, U.S.S.R. He was the son of Israel and Fayge Puchtik. After World War II, the Puchtiks emigrated from the Soviet Union and in 1946 settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the United States, the Puchtiks anglicized their names to Porter: Irving, Fay, and Jack.

After taking his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1967, Porter undertook graduate study in sociology at Northwestern University. Northwestern awarded Porter his doctorate in 1971. Porter's dissertation, "Student Protest, University Decision-Making, and the Technocratic Society: The Case of ROTC," was a study of student opposition to Northwestern's Reserve Officer Training Corps from 1968 to 1970.

Prior to receiving his doctorate, Porter served as a teaching assistant and part-time lecturer at Northwestern (1968-1969), a part-time lecturer at DePaul University (1969-1970), and a part-time lecturer at the Wesley/Passavant School of Nursing (1970-1971). After receiving his doctorate, Porter secured a number of short-term teaching appointments. He was an assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York-Cortland (1971-1972), a part-time lecturer in Jewish studies at Boston College (1973-1974), a lecturer in behavioral sciences at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (1974-1975), and a lecturer in Jewish history at Emerson College in Boston (1976). Porter also taught at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Lowell (Massachusetts). Porter instructed a number of adult education classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education, the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Center for Adult Education, and the Hebrew College in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Porter's teaching and research fields included sociology, psychology, and Jewish studies. He was most active in the sociological study of Jewry, of genocide, and of the effects of the Nazi Holocaust. With Peter Dreier, Porter participated in a cross-cultural research project on "Young Jews and the New Left" sponsored by the Institute on Jewish Affairs. Porter and Dreier later co-edited Jewish Radicalism (Grove Press, 1973), an anthology of readings pertaining to militant forms of Jewish national, social, and cultural expression. Porter has authored many published articles and pamphlets on Jewish affairs and history. He has studied American neo-Nazi groups and translated into English accounts of Jewish partisan groups who fought the Nazis during World War II. In addition to his other publications, Porter privately published a revised form of his dissertation, Student Protest and the Technocratic Society: The Case of ROTC (Adams Press, 1973). Porter was the founding editor of the short-lived Journal of the History of Sociology.

Porter married Miriam Almuly on September 18, 1977. They had a son, Gabriel (August 30, 1980) and a daughter, Danielle (December 30, 1982). He divorced Miriam in 1997 and married Rora Vogel in 2007. Vogel passed away the same year. In 2011, he married Rayisa Ivashko, a physician in Kiev. They now reside in Newton, Massachusetts. Porter remains active in American Jewish and Israeli affairs and has gone on to a distinguished career in human rights, genocide, Holocaust studies, and political activism.

Scope and Content

The Jack Nusan Porter Papers comprise three boxes including one half-size box. The papers span the years from 1965 to 1981 but include materials mainly from 1971 through 1979. The papers are divided into three categories: general correspondence; publications, research, and teaching files; and student materials. The first folder of the series contains scattered biographical materials including vitae, clippings, and miscellaneous other materials.

The general correspondence, which includes both incoming and copies of outgoing letters, pertains mainly to Porter's career as teacher and writer. Much of the correspondence is routine and includes many application for teaching positions. The correspondence pertaining to Porter's writings includes criticisms of Porter's works as well as letters from publishers accepting and rejecting various articles and commentaries. Because of Porter's interest and activity in the field of Jewish studies, the correspondence also includes many letters from prominent individuals within the Jewish intellectual and publishing communities. A small amount of correspondence related to Porter's wider interests in the field of sociology and includes letters from several sociologists including David Riesman.

The publications, research, and teaching files comprise several folders including Porter's research materials on "Young Jews and the New Left," "The Jewish Student," a 1970 analysis of religious and secular attitudes of Northwestern Jewish students; and "Neo-Nazis in America." Correspondence and related materials pertaining to the Journal of the History of Sociology are contained in one folder. Copies of Porter's articles, essays, and reviews, both published and unpublished, are arranged chronologically into two folders. A third folder of similar articles and commentaries includes undated items. Other folders contain reviews an advertisements concerning Porter's publications, and materials documenting his lecture, speaking, and conference engagements. Correspondence, clippings, and teaching materials document Porter's teaching career at a variety of institutions from 1969 through 1979.

Porter's student materials include a small amount of notes and papers generated while he was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Northwestern University.

Addition 1

This addition comprises twenty-eight items, mainly articles and reviews written by Porter as well as miscellaneous biographical materials, which span the period ca. 1980-1983. Eight items have been added to the Biographical Materials folder (Box 1, Folder 1); twelve have been added to the Articles, Essays, and Reviews folders (Box 2, Folders 8 and 9); and eight have been added to the Reviews and Advertisements folder (Box 3, Folder 1).

Addition 2

Spanning the period ca. 1984-1985, the additions are comprised of seventeen items, mainly clippings and reviews by and about Porter. Included are promotional materials relating to Porter's business activities and interests. The items have been added to the Biographical Materials folder (Box 1, Folder 1), the Articles, Essays and Reviews folders (Box 2, Folders 8 and 9), and the Reviews and Advertisements folder (Box 3, Folder 1).

Addition 3

Thirty items, including clippings and reviews by and about Porter. One folder contains promotional materials concerning Porter's business venture, The Spencer Group. The additions span the period 1972 through 1986.

The materials have been added to the Biographical Materials folder (Box 1, Folder 1), the Articles, Essays and Reviews folders (Box 2, Folders 8 and 9), and the Reviews and Advertisements folder (Box 3, Folder 1).

Addition 4

Eleven items, dating from 1967 through 1986, and including biographical material, promotional materials, and clippings and writings by or concerning Porter.

The materials have been added to the Biographical Materials folder (Box 1, Folder 1), the Articles, Essays and Reviews folders (Box 2, Folder 7), and the Spencer Group folder (Box 3, Folder 12).

Addition 5, Box 4

This addition consists of three paper-bound works by Jack Nusan Porter, published between 1981 and 1997.

Arrangement of Materials

The papers are divided into three categories: general correspondence; publications, research, and teaching files; and student materials.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Alumni and alumnae

Personal Name

Porter, Jack Nusan

Subjects

Jews--United States--Social conditions--Study and teaching

Sociology--Study and teaching--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • General Files
    • Biographical MaterialsBox 1, Folder 1
    • Correspondence, 1968, 1971-1972Box 1, Folder 2
    • Correspondence, 1973Box 1, Folder 3
    • Correspondence, 1974Box 1, Folder 4
    • Correspondence, 1975Box 1, Folder 5
    • Correspondence, 1976Box 1, Folder 6
    • Correspondence, 1977Box 1, Folder 7
    • Correspondence, January-March, 1978Box 1, Folder 8
    • Correspondence, April-December, 1978Box 2, Folder 1
    • Correspondence, 1979, 1981; UndatedBox 2, Folder 2
    • Research Materials on "Young Jews and the New Left"Box 2, Folder 3
    • "The Jewish Student: A Comparative Analysis of Religious and Secular Attitudes"Box 2, Folder 4
    • "Neo-Nazis in America," Preliminary Report, 1980Box 2, Folder 5
    • Journal of the History of Sociology, 1977, UndatedBox 2, Folder 6
    • Articles, Essays, and Reviews, 1967-1972Box 2, Folder 7
    • Articles, Essays, and Reviews, 1973-1979Box 2, Folder 8
    • Articles, Essays, and Reviews, UndatedBox 2, Folder 9
    • Reviews and Advertisements Concerning Porter's Publications, 1972-1979, UndatedBox 3, Folder 1
    • Lectures and Speaking Engagements, 1973-1979Box 3, Folder 2
    • Conferences Attended, 1970-1979, UndatedBox 3, Folder 3
    • DePaul University, 1969-1970Box 3, Folder 4
    • State University of New York-Cortland, 1972Box 3, Folder 5
    • Boston College, 1973Box 3, Folder 6
    • Pine Manor College, 1974-1976Box 3, Folder 7
    • Emerson College, 1976-1977Box 3, Folder 8
    • Adult Education Courses, 1977-1979Box 3, Folder 9
    • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1965Box 3, Folder 10
    • Northwestern University, 1968-1969, 1971Box 3, Folder 11
    • The Spencer Group, 1984-86Box 3, Folder 12
    • Jews and the Cults: Bibiography (Biblio Press), 1981Box 3, Folder 13
    • A Life of Mitzvah (The Spencer Press), 1997Box 3, Folder 14
    • Sexual Politics in the Third Reich (The Spencer Press), 1997Box 3, Folder 15
  • Books and Publications (Addition)
    • A Guide to Jewish Wisconsin, 2011Box 4, Item 1
    • Jewish Partisans of the Soviet Union During World War II, 2013Box 4, Item 2
    • Is Sociology Dead?, 2008Box 4, Item 3
    • HCNY, July 2014Box 4, Item 4
    • Milwaukee Memories Milwaukee and Hollywood &Small Town Secrets, 2011Box 4, Item 5
    • Sexual Politics in Nazi Germany, 2011Box 4, Item 6
    • Happy (Freilich) Days Revisited; Growing Up Jewish in Ike's America, 2010Box 4, Item 7
    • Kids in Cults; Why they join, Why they stay, Why they leave, 2014Box 4, Item 8