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George Haven Putnam Papers

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Putnam, George Haven, 1844-1930

George Haven Putnam (1844-1930) was an American publisher and author, and the eldest son of the co-founder of Wiley & Putnam, George Palmer Putnam, and Victorine Haven Putnam. Putnam served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was captured following the Battle of Cedar Creek and held prisoner at Libby Prison and Danville before being returned to the Union Army as part of a prisoner exchange in 1865. After his father's death in 1872, he and two of his brothers, John Bishop Putnam and Irving Putnam, took over the publishing company, renaming it "G. P. Putnam's Sons." In 1887, Putnam was involved in establishing the American Publishers' Copyright League.

Consists of business and personal papers of Putnam. Included are fully-indexed letterbooks (1879-1910); typescripts of Putnam's writings (ca. 1905-1929); scrapbooks of letters received and press clippings (1878-1917); and other clippings and printed material (1891-1917). The collection also contains a letterbook dealing with the estate of Putnam's mother, Victorine Haven Putnam (1891-1908); a 1923 memoir of Theodore Roosevelt, who was Putnam's partner in the 1880s; and a pencil portrait of Putnam by Henry Van der Weyde, drawn while both Union soldiers were imprisoned in Danville, a Confederate prison, during the Civil War.

Purchased from Joseph J. Felcone in 2009 (AM2010-27).

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This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein in September 2010. Finding aid written by Regine Heberlein in September 2010.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Regine Heberlein
Finding Aid Date
2010
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence series contains six letterbooks of private correspondence, 1879-1910, and one letterbook of business correspondence, 1898-1901. It also includes one letterbook of correspondence concerning the estate of Victorine Haven Putnam, George Putnam's mother, 1901-1908, and one folder of miscellaneous letters received between 1892-1928.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically. The letterbooks are fully indexed by correspondent.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Physical Description

3 boxes

Physical Description

2 boxes

1879-1881, 1879-1881. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1902 April-1904 April, 1902 April-1904 April. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1904 April-1906 January, 1904 April-1906 January. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1906 January-1907 September, 1906 January-1907 September. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1907 September-1909 March, 1907 September-1909 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1909 March-1910 October, 1909 March-1910 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Business Correspondence, 1898-1901. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Victorine Haven Putnam Estate, 1891-1908. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Incoming Correspondence, 1892-1928. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

The Scrapbooks series consists of eight scrapbooks of news clippings and related correspondence, 1878-1917. Topics include literary and general publishing issues, intellectual property, and a selection of George Haven Putnam's writings. The scrapbooks are two- and three-column books of Mark Twain's patented self-adhesive scrapbook brand.

Researchers interested in the clippings contained in the scrapbooks are advised to consult the Clippings series for additional information.

Arrangement

Arranged by topic. Scrapbooks concerning Putnam's writings are arranged alphabetically by title of the work.

Physical Description

1 linear foot

Copyright and Publishing, 1879-1917. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(2 scrapbooks)

Physical Description

1 box

Literature and Publishing General, 1878-1896. 3 boxes.
Scope and Contents

(3 scrapbooks)

Physical Description

3 boxes

Authors and Publishers, 1897-1898. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(1 scrapbook)

Physical Description

1 box

Books and their Makers, 1896-1897. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(1 scrapbook)

Physical Description

1 box

The Question of Copyright and The Artificial Mother, 1886-1911. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(1 scrapbook)

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

The writings series consists mainly of typescripts of George Haven Putnam's writings. It includes articles and editorials, publisher's notes, speeches and addresses, and tributes and memoirs. In addition, the series contains clippings of Putnam's published articles and letters to the editor.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Physical Description

1 linear foot

Physical Description

1 box

Typescripts, 1918-1924. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, 1906-1929. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Publisher's Notes, 1922. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Speeches and Addresses, 1913-1928. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Tributes and Memoirs, 1917-1928. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

The Biographical and Genealogical Material series consists largely of news clippings documenting Putnam's activities and public appearances as well as the lives of other members of the Putnam family, 1905-1929. In addition, the series includes several published genealogical trees chronicling George Haven Putnam's ancestry.

Arrangement

Subdivided into biographical material concerning George H. Putnam; biographical material concerning members of the Putnam family; and genealogical material.

Physical Description

1 linear foot

George H. Putnam, 1905-1929. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Putnam Family Members, 1912-1920. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Genealogical Material, 1912. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

The Clippings series consists of news clippings provided by various clipping services, 1888-1929. They concern copyright and intellectual property issues as well as a number of George Haven Putnam's writings.

Researchers interested in the news clippings are advised to consult the Scrapbooks series for additional information.

Arrangement

Subdivided into clippings regarding copyright issuesand clippings regarding Putnam's publications. Clippings regarding publications are arranged alphabetically by title of the publication.

Physical Description

2 linear feet

Copyright Issues, 1888-1928. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Physical Description

1 box

Authors' Complaints and Publishers' Profits, 1991. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Books and their Makers, 1896-1928. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Memoirs of My Youth, 1914. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

The Question of Copyright, 1891. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Publications, 1914-1929. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous writings and other printed materials as well as various news clippings. Also present is a drawing of Putnam by his fellow soldier and "chum," the photographer Henry Van der Weyde. In his war memoir, A Prisoner of War in Virginia, 1864-65, Putnam writes that the portrait was drawn while both Union soldiers were imprisoned in Danville, a Confederate prison, during the Civil War.

Arrangement

Subdivided into Writings; Clippings; List of Contributors to Putnam's Monthly Magazine; and Henry Van der Weyde, Pencil Drawing of George Haven Putnam.

Physical Description

2 linear feet

Writings, 1880-1926. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, 1903-1928. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

List of Contributors to Putnam's Monthly Magazine, vols. 1-5, 1853. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Henry Van der Weyde, Pencil Drawing of George Haven Putnam, 1864. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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