Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the papers (1969-85) consist of writings and notes. There are also personal miscellaneous papers including correspondence, diary notes and other papers.
The bulk of the writings consists of typescript drafts with corrections and emendations of Porczak's plays including those written in collaboration with Frank Hogan. Many of the plays are present in several variant drafts. Included are drafts of "The Soft-Core Kid" (also entitled "Rub-a-Dub-Dubbers"); his second play "The Endangered Species"; "Maynard Does the Can-Can"; "The Loved One"; "Son of Our Crowd"; and "Spanky". Included are several untitled plays and scripts of radio dramas. There are also scripts of his short stories and fillers intended for popular magazines, and several pornographic writings of a sado-masochistic nature. At the end of the writings series (in Container #111) are scripts of two plays by Frank Hogan: "Catharsis '85", a one-act, one-character play" (1985); and "Can't You Think of Anyone, Either?" (1970).
The notes consist of literary notes and jottings of ideas for his plays and other writings; and notes and collateral course papers kept while he was a student of creative writing.
Included in the personal miscellaneous papers are miscellaneous correspondence (1969-83) from friends relating mainly to literary matters and criticisms of works in progress; a few diary notes recording his thoughts, reflections, sexual activities and fantasies and notes for his writings.
There are also papers relative to a memorial service (May 6, 1984) for Porczak held at the Unity Center in New York including notes of remarks made by Frank Hogan in memory of Porczak and an audio cassette recording relating to the service.
In 1992, Hogan added to these papers a work of petit-point made by Porczak for Hogan in the mid-1960's. According to Hogan, Porczak designed and worked numerous petit-point pieces, often during Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. This work, which has been deframed, consists of the words "Be A Host" (part of a longer maxim of unknown origin: "In life, be a host, not a guest") and also depicts Hogan's grand piano.
In order to protect the privacy of individual persons a portion of the diary notes have been restriced.
The Walter Porczak papers are arranged in two series: