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George Palmer Putnam papers

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSP 20

Scope and Contents

The George Palmer Putnam papers (1937-1999; 0.2 cubic feet) are comprised of material from the original files provided by Sally Putnam Chapman, Putnam’s granddaughter. Much of the material is correspondence, news clippings, and articles related to the life of Putnam, and various publishing projects.  Also included are his will and various obituaries. Some of the unique items feature, “Reminiscences of GPP,” by Robert Edwin Lee, playwright, close friend and one time business partner of Putnam; a “first draft copy” of a chapter from the book, Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved, co-written by Elgen and Marie Long.” Correspondence (handwritten and signed) from George Palmer Putnam, on the letterhead of Dow Hotel, Lone Pine, California, in an envelope addressed to “Mrs. George Palmer Putnam / (Nee Haviland),” Also included is correspondence from friends of Putnam’s addressed to Peg Putnam expressing sympathy upon his death. One is from Laurence M. Gould, President, Carlton College, and in this letter he expresses his sympathy and condolences to GPP’s wife, and his gratefulness for GPP’s hand in “getting me started in exploration and on the First Byrd Expedition.” Other letters are from George Agnew Chamberlain, author and screenwriter; Robert W. Sawyer, journalist, politician and conservationist; and Rockwell Kent, American painter, printmaker, illustrator, and writer.


  • 1937-1999
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1937-1950
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/12/2012


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University per deed of gift.


0.20 Cubic Feet

2 folders other_unmapped

1.00 mss._boxes


The George Palmer Putnam papers include correspondence, news clippings, and articles related to the life of Putnam.  Also included are his will and various obituaries.

Source of Acquisition

Donation received from Sally Putnam Chapman (Putnam’s granddaughter), December 6, 2012

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

George Palmer Putnam collection of Amelia Earhart papers: [url=][/url] Amelia Earhart at Purdue papers: [url=][/url]

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.  The material has been left in the original order found in the files, and marked as originally indicated. The original files have also been retained, and placed in the archival box behind their respective archival folders. All newsprint has been photocopied and in most cases original newspaper clippings have been retained, with photocopies made available for research.
George Palmer Putnam papers
Mary A. Sego
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States