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George Palmer Putnam papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 20

Scope and Contents

The George Palmer Putnam papers 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 within 1937 - 1950


Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue Univeristy or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.


0.182 Cubic Feet (One letter-size half-width manuscript box)

Language of Materials



The material has been left in the original order as 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.

Acquisition Information

The papers were donated by Sally Putnam Chapman, Putnam's granddaughter, December 6, 2012.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. 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
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Mary A. Sego
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Second edition. Collection description first completed 2017-04-08.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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