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Porter, Elbert H. (Elbert Heaton), 1917-1999



  • Existence: 1917 - 1999


Elbert H. Porter (1917-1999) was a prominent LDS sculptor.

Elbert Heaton Porter was born in Orderville, Utah, on June 1, 1917. In his twenties, Elbert received art training from Maynard Dixon. During World War II, he was a patternmaker for Solar Aircraft Co in California. On December 18, 1941, Elbert married Frances Brady. After the war ended, Elbert studied at Brigham Young University. He received his masters degree in fine arts from the University of Utah, and taught sculpture classes there for 12 years. Elbert sculpted a variety of things: Joseph Smith kneeling in the Sacred Grove; the gold-leafed Angel Moroni that was used in five World Fairs; and dinosaurs for Vernal's dinosaur gardens. He died June 8, 1999.

Elbert H. Porter papers, 1982-1990 (b. June 1, 1917, in Orderville, Utah; was trained by Maynard Dixon, at BYU, and at the University of Utah; served as a patternmaker for Solar Aircraft; m. Frances Brady on December 18, 1941; sculpted Joseph Smith, Angel Moroni, dinosaurs)

FamilySearch, June 15, 2011 (d. June 8, 1999)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Elbert H. Porter and Francis Alvin Porter photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 53
Scope and Contents

Collection includes glass plate and nitrate negatives, with corresponding prints, taken by Francis Alvin Porter, as well as photographs of people in Orderville, Utah collected by Elbert H. Porter. Dated approximately 1880-1939

Dates: approximately 1880-1939

Elbert H. Porter papers

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232533759]
Identifier: MSS 7750
Scope and Contents

Contains the personal history of Elbert H. Porter and a book about the dinosaurs that he sculpted for Utah dinosaur parks.

Dates: 1982-1990

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Fine Arts 1
Glass negatives 1
Images 1
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