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Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
Call No.: 63-25
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Putnam, Patrick Tracy Lowell, 1904-1953. Papers,
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.
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.Sources:
- Haskell, Susan. "Patrick Putnam". December 1992.
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.
- Peabody Museum Accession Files # 27-56, 27-58, 27-59, 29-4, 29-45, 49-9, 62-6, 63-25, 970-1
- P.T. L. Putnam ethnographic photograph collections, PA-IN 50-08 ; PA-IN 50-19