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Putnam family papers, 1822-1978

Putnam fam, Putnam family


Collection Information

Size: 1.2 Linear feet, (microfilmed on 2 reels)

Summary: Correspondence; genealogical information; a photo album; photographs and tintypes; an inventory notebook; contracts; clippings; and miscellaneous material.
REEL 2347: Selected papers, 1822-1967, from the Elbert H. Putnam and Henry W. Putnam Family archive at the Timken Art Gallery, San Diego, California, including correspondence of Anne R. Putnam and Amy Putnam; Irene Putnam's correspondence and poetry; a photo album, photographs and tintypes of the Putnam family; an inventory notebook of paintings and correspondence concerning the family art collection and library (mostly relating to Russian history and art); clippings about the family; and miscellany, including a few pencil drawings and cartoons, and personal documents.
REEL 2842: Papers, ca. 1867-1966, relating to the formation of the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego (now the San Diego Museum of Art), including genealogical information on the Putnams; letters to Appleton S. Bridges, honorary president of the Fine Arts Society which managed the Gallery, regarding the purchase of 16 Pieter Veen paintings, 1916, and incorporation of the Society, 1925; correspondence between board members of the Society regarding the search for a Director of the Gallery and the selection of Reginald Poland; 2 letters from Poland, 1925; a typescript of a speech "The Putnam Sisters at Home" by Julia Gethman Andrews, 1966; contracts for the construction of the Gallery; a tintype; and photographs of Amy, Anne, Elbert, Henry and Irene Putnam. [The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego is incorrectly indentified as the Timken Art Gallery on the microfilm.]

Biographical/Historical Note

Art patrons; San Diego, California. Henry William and Elbert H. Putnam were brothers. Amy, Anne and Irene were daughters of Henry.


Lent for microfilming 1981-1983 by the Timken Art Gallery. The Putnam Foundation and the Timken Foundation jointly founded the Timken Art Gallery.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the Timken Art Gallery after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2347 & 2842 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Putnam family papers, 1822-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.