Esther LaPorta



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Esther LaPorta collected these records during her tenure at the University of San Diego. LaPorta gathered historical records about the founding of USD to provide context during donor events. Correspondence between Bishop Charles Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill, for example, were used to construct the narrative for the 1999 President's Dinner. Correspondence between Bishop Charles Buddy and members of the Nolan family, articles and manuscripts written about the founding of the San Diego College for Women and the early history of the University of San Diego, and records pertaining to President Author Hughes are also included. Of particular significance are interview transcripts of Author and Marge Hughes. These interviews were conducted in March of 1995 as the Hughes' were preparing to retire from the University.

Documents pertaining to the University of San Diego Capital Campaign, as well as artifacts used to recognize significant donors are also included in these records. Capital Campaign records include reports and evaluations of the campaign.

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Collection Dates


Collection Size

3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)


benefactors, commemorations, presidential inaugurations, presidents' retirement, presidents' spouses


Higher Education | Organization Development



Finding Aid Publication Date


Finding Aid Author

Ashley Toutain

Guide to the Esther LaPorta Donor Relations records