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Putnam, Patrick Tracy Lowell, 1904-1953. Papers,1930-1950: A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum Archives
Harvard University



Descriptive Summary

Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
Call No.: 63-25
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Putnam, Patrick Tracy Lowell, 1904-1953. Papers,
Date(s): 1930-1950
Creator: Patrick Tracy Lowell Putnam, 1904-1953
Quantity: .5 linear foot
Abstract: These papers contain Patrick T.L. Putnam's notes and correspondence concerning plants and animals of the Belgian Congo , trade of various products, and the sale and shipping of animals to zoos.

Acquisition Information:

# 63-25
These papers are a gift of Elizabeth Putnam [aunt of P.T. L. Putnam], 1963

Access Restrictions:

Restrictions on access: None

Use Restrictions:

Restrictions on use: None

Biographical Sketch:

Patrick Putnam graduated from Harvard in 1925. While in college he was inspired by Professor E. A. Hooton to try anthropological research and he joined an expedition to Dutch New Guinea. In 1927 Putnam went to Africa with Professor Frederic Wulsin and he remained in Africa for the rest of his life, gathering information on the Pygmies, and the plants and animals of the Belgian Congo. He also ran a clinic and guest house, traded agricultural products and sold animals to zoos. He maintained contact with Harvard and donated a wooden mask from the Belgian Congo [accession #49-9] on the occasion of the appointment of J.O. Brew as Director of the Peabody Museum.


Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of 5 folders of notes and correspondence pertaining to Patrick Putnam's study of animals and plants in the Belgian Congo and records concerning trade of a variety of products.

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