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Katz, Fanny Bowditch, 1874-1967. Papers, 1901-1934: Finding Aid

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The Fanny Bowditch Katz Papers have been processed and made available by the Archives for Women in Medicine project with generous support from our donors.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c6
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Katz, Fanny Bowditch, 1874-1967.
Title: Fanny Bowditch Katz Papers,
Date(s): 1901-1934
Quantity: 1 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Fanny Bowditch Katz Papers, 1901-1934, consist of Katz's correspondence and papers relating to her psychoanalysis treatment by Carl Jung. The collection contains ten letters from Jung and twenty-six letters from neurologist James Jackson Putnam dating from the course of her treatment. Additional items include include Katz's notebooks with notes from Jung and Alfred Adler's lectures, and other personal records such as accounts of her fantasies, poems, drawings, and clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Fanny Bowditch Katz Papers were donated to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine by Miss Beatrice Crossman of Milton, Mass.

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Preferred Citation:

Fanny Bowditch Katz papers, 1901-1934. H MS c6. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.


In the autumn of 1912, Miss Fanny Bowditch, 1874-1967, daughter of the eminent physiologist, Henry Pickering Bowditch, was sent to Switzerland by Dr. James Jackson Putnam of Boston to undergo psychoanalysis by Dr. Carl Gustav Jung in Zürich. Miss Bowditch had previously suffered some sort of breakdown after her father's death in the winter of 1911. Immediately upon her arrival in Zürich, and following the commencement of her analysis by Dr. Jung, Miss Bowditch wrote to Dr. Putnam regarding her treatment, and a long correspondence followed. About 1916, Miss Bowditch broke off her analysis and two years later married a Dr. Katz of Amsterdam.

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Scope and Content Note

The Fanny Bowditch Katz papers, which have been presented to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine by Miss Beatrice Crossman, a long-time companion of Mrs. Katz and the heir to her estate, consist almost wholly of correspondence and papers relating to her treatment by Dr. Jung. Additional correspondents include James Jackson Putnam,Hugo Kronecker, Maria Moltzer, and Selma Bowditch. These papers constitute a rather unique file of a case under psychoanalysis by one of the most important and controversial psychiatrists of the modern school. It contains, in addition to ten letters from Dr. Jung himself, twenty-six letters from Dr. Putnam, most of them written during the course of her treatment. These are extremely important, not only for what they show with regard to the treatment of a patient under analysis, but, more important, for the information they divulge about the early international psychoanalytical movement and Dr. Putnam's own feelings toward it. James Jackson Putnam is regarded as the father of American neurology. He was first to sanction Freudian psychiatry in this country, and wrote the first article on psychoanalysis published in an American medical journal.
He was also responsible for bringing Dr. Sigmund Freud to America to deliver the famous Clark University lecture in 1909. The gift of these papers is extremely timely, as an edition of Dr. Putnam's psychoanalytic correspondence -- with Freud, Ernest Jones, Sandor Ferenczi, William James, etc. -- is at present being readied for publication by the Harvard University Press in the fall. Some of the material in the Katz Papers provides background material for this work, especially Dr. Putnam's relationships with Freud and Jung. At least on letter which Dr. Putnam wrote to Mrs. Katz will be published in this high selective volume.

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