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MS Am 3144

Putnam, Patrick Tracy Lowell, 1903 or 1904-1953. Patrick Putnam papers, circa 1920s-1950s (MS AM 3144): Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 3144
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Putnam, Patrick Tracy Lowell
Title: Patrick Putnam papers
Date(s): circa 1920s-1950s
Quantity: 14 linear feet (14 cartons)
Language of materials: Materials in English, French, Dutch, and Bantu.
Abstract: Correspondences, personal papers, research files, business documents, financial records, maps, and printed material collected cheifly by Patrick Putnam and wife Anne during their residence in the Belgian Congo running Camp Putnam.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

85M-66. Gift of John MacDonald, 1986.

Processing Information:

The correspondence series was largely processed to the item level. When known, each correspondent was listed by name. Some unsorted correspondence remains at the end of the series. The remainder of the collection was arranged into series and described in those broader groupings.
Processed by Alice Iu, 2017

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation:

Patrick Putnam Papers, circa 1920s-1950s (MS Am 3144). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Patrick Tracy Lowell Putnam (1904-1953) was an American anthropologist and businessman. He graduated Harvard with an A.B. in anthropology in 1925. In 1927-1928, he joined the Wulsin Harvard-Radcliffe expedition to the Congo for linguistic and ethnological study. In 1928-1929, he returned to the Bamburi Pygmies of the Ituri forest to continue his research, set up Camp Putnam, a hotel for guests and hospital for the locals and embarked in various business enterprises. He resided primarily in the Belgian Congo and traveled to other parts of West Africa until his death in 1953. His last wife Anne, a New York artist, handled the camp affairs until its closing.


Arranged in the following series: I. Correspondence II. Personal papers III. Compositions IV. Research files V. Business, camp, fianancial VI. Maps VII. Printed materials

Scope and Contents

Includes business and personal correspondence; works by and reviewed by Putnam; zoological, botanical, and other research files; personal finance and business records, many concerning Camp Putnam; manuscipt and printed maps; and printed materials.

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