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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3126

Hilary Putnam papers

Scope and Contents

Collection includes research files, agreements, royalty statements, correspondence, photographs, appointment and address books, works by others with annotations, and digital and audiovisual media.


  • circa 1950-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

The bulk of this collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Check with Houghton Public Services staff.


24 linear feet (22 boxes)
22.2 Gigabytes (3 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Hilary Whitehall Putnam (1926-2016) was an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist, and a major figure in analytic philosophy in the second half of the 20th century.


Arranged in original order as used by Putnam in filing cabinets and a desk.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2016M-99. Gift of Ruth Anna Putnam, 2017 May 15.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Melanie Wisner, 2017.

Putnam, Hilary. Hilary Putnam papers, circa 1950-2012 (MS Am 3126): Guide.
Melanie Wisner
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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