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COLLECTION Identifier: 38-22; 47-41; 2019.1.17

Frederic W. Putnam, Peabody Museum director records

Overview

The Putnam Director Records contain a mixture of curatorial, administrative and professional papers and reflect the wide scope of both the museum collections and Putnam's individual activities .

Dates

  • 1870 - 1923

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted, except for fragile maps and plans.

Conditions Governing Use

Unrestricted, except for fragile maps and plans.

Extent

1 collection (4 linear feet (9 boxes); c. 12 oversize rolled maps and plans)
These Director Records reflect the wide scope of not only Putnam's individual activities, but the museum collections themselves, the global community in which these activities took place, and the museum's prominent role in establishing American archaeology and anthropology as an academic discipline. Thus, the records contain a mixture of curatorial, administrative and professional subjects, often in the same individual items or groups of materials.

Creator Sketch

Frederic Ward Putnam (1839-1915) was one of the earliest anthropologists in the United States. He founded anthropology programs, and worked to establish museum collections in anthropology. He directed some of the first field expeditions in the Americas, including sites in Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, New Jersey, and California.

Putnam was born April 16, 1839 in Salem, Massachusetts to Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Putnam III. In 1864, Putnam married Adelaide Martha Edmands; they had three children: Eben Putnam, Alice Edmands Putnam, and Ethel Appleton Fiske Lewis. On March 10, 1879, Mrs. Adelaide Putnam passed away; in 1882, Putnam remarried Esther Orne Clark. Putnam's early education consisted of home and private schooling, and it was at this time that he expressed an interest in studying nature. Putnam, along with his father, cultivated plants and later began observing the birds in the area. Later, he trained under Henry Wheatland as an intern at the Essex Institute in Salem, Massachusetts. In 1856, at the age of sixteen, he successfully published List of the Birds of Essex County. In that same year, he entered Harvard College where he studied under the tutelage of Professor Louis Agassiz at the Lawrence Scientific School, serving as his assistant from 1857-1864.

From 1859 to 1878, Putnam worked for several museums as a zoologist, including the Boston Society of Natural History, Museum of the East Indian Marine Society, Essex Institute and the Museum of Comparative Zoology of Harvard University. From 1869 to 1872 he was the Superintendent of the Museum of the Peabody Academy of Sciences. During this time, Putnam became interested in archaeology, and he published a paper on “An Indian Grave and its Contents, on Winter Island, Salem, Massachusetts” in 1865.

In 1875, Putnam was appointed Curator of Harvard's Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology. With Putnam at the helm, the focus of the Peabody Museum shifted from archaeology to physical anthropology and ethnology. He was responsible for a variety of museum functions which included not only administrative duties but field collecting, curation of collections, fund raising, and teaching in the Harvard College Department of Anthropology. In 1876, Putnam directed the first major construction of the Peabody Museum building that currently sits on Divinity Avenue in Cambridge. Putnam was appointed professor of anthropology in 1885 (the position was authorized in 1887). He retained that post until 1909 and was then Professor Emeritus and Honorary Director.

He also co-founded the anthropology programs at the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, and the University of California, Berkeley. At the age of sixty-four, he became the University of California's first Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropological Museum. In 1909, Putnam retired from the University of California and was later appointed Professor Emeritus there. In 1894 he began devoting half his time to the curatorship in anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, and was influential in dispatching the productive Jesup North Pacific Expedition to northeastern Asia and northwestern North America.

Putnam was active in professional associations. In 1873, Putnam was elected to the post of permanent secretary of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a position he held until 1898, at which time he was bestowed with the presidency of the Association. He helped establish the journals American Naturalist, Science and American Anthropologist, and founded organizations, such as Anthropology of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the American Anthropological Association.

Putnam was appointed the lead curator and head of the anthropology department in 1891 for the World's Columbian Exposition, to be held in Chicago in 1893.

Putnam's publications number more than 400, and cover the subjects of natural history, archaeology, anthropology, and scientific administration.

  • 1839, April 16 Born in Salem, MA
  • 1856 Curator in ornithology, Essex Institute, Salem, MA
  • 1856 Curator in ornithology, Essex Institute, Salem, MA Elected member, Boston Society of Natural History Student, Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard University, under Louis Agassiz
  • 1859-1868 Curator of Ichthyology, Boston Society of Natural History (part-time)
  • 1862-1864 Special Assistant to Louis Agassiz, Lawrence Scientific School, in fishes and reptiles
  • 1864Curator of Vertebrates, Essex Institute, Essex, MA
  • 1867 Co-founder, American Naturalist
  • 1868 Director, Museum of the Peabody Academy of Science, Salem, MA
  • 1873 Elected Permanent Secretary, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 1873-1874, summers Vertebrate zoology instructor, Anderson School of Natural History, Penikese Island
  • 1874 Assistant, Kentucky Geological Survey (part-time)
  • 1875-1908 Curator (Director), Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
  • 1876-1878 Assistant in Fish Collection, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, (Part-time)
  • 1876-1879 Chief, Anthropology Collections, Wheeler Survey West of the 100th Meridian, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1882-1889 Appointed Massachusetts State Commissioner, Inland Fishes and Game
  • 1885-1901 Peabody Professor of American Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
  • 1887-1896 Trustee, Peabody Museum, Harvard University
  • 1891-1894 Chief, Department of Anthropology, World Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL
  • 1897-1908 Committee Member, Anthropology Department, Harvard University
  • 1898 Elected President, AAAS
  • 1893-1903 Co-founder & Curator, Department of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
  • 1903-1907 Co-founder, Department of Anthropology Director, Anthropology Museum, University of California at Berkelely
  • 1909 Honorary Curator (retired Director), Peabody Museum, Harvard University
  • 1901-1915 Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
  • 1915 Died August 14, age 76
Sources:
  1. Browman, David L. "The Peabody Museum, Frederic W. Putnam, and the Rise of U.S. Anthropology, 1866-1903." AmericanAnthropologist vol. 104, no. 2 (June 2002): 508-19.
  2. Dexter, Ralph. "Frederic Ward Putnam and the Development of Museums of Natural History and Anthropology in the United States." Curator 9 (2) 1966.
  3. Dexter, Ralph. "Some Herpetological Notes and Correspondence of Frederic Ward Putnam." Journal of the Ohio Herpetological Society 5(3)1966, pp. 109-114.
  4. Kroeber, A.L."Frederic Ward Putnam." New Series, American Anthropologist vol. 17, no. 4 (October-December 1915): 712-18.
  5. Ninth Annual Report of theTrustees of the Peabodoy Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology 1876, President and Fellows
  6. PM Director Records - Putnam, Box 7, Biographical Materials.
  7. PM Collections Department Biographical Card File.

Arrangement

The records are organized in the following series: I. Mounds sites correspondence and reports 1880 - 1923; II. Alice C. Fletcher/Thaw Fellowship correspondence; III. E.H. Thompson Chichen Itza (Mexico) manuscript and correspondence 1891 - 1907; IV. Incoming correspondence and reports 1870 - 1916; V. Professional organizations, correspondence and ephemera 188? – 1915; VI. Biographical materials 1884–1915. VII. World Columbian Exposition Records 1890-95; VIII. Erminnie Smith correspondence 1879–1886; IX. Oversize Materials: WCE Maps & Plans, 1893, n.d.
  1. Series I: Mounds Sites correspondence and reports, 1880-1901 includes early Putnamcorrespondence relating to mound groups, excavations, and individual objects located inAlabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, New York Ohio, and Tennessee.
  2. Series II: Alice C. Fletcher/Thaw Fellowship correspondence, 1890-1911 includes Putnam'scorrespondence with Alice C. Fletcher, Mary C. Thaw, and Robert C. Winthrop concerningthe fellowship to support Fletcher's work on Native American peoples, and contains severalletters from Fletcher to Putnam describing the Nez Perce in Idaho. As well, the series includes afolder of letters relating to a PM library loan request by A. F. Bandelier, which was requested by Fletcher on his behalf through the American Institute ofArchaeology.
  3. Series III: E.H. Thompson manuscript and correspondence, 1891-1907. This material is primarily concerned withThompson's archaeological work in Yucatan for the Peabody Museum Central AmericaExpedition and also relates to his position as American Consul at Progreso. The series containsPutnam's correspondence with Thompson in the field at Sacred Cenote, Merida, and Yucatan. Also included are some letters to PM trustee Stephen Salisbury, to expedition sponsor Charles Pickering Bowditch and to archaeologist Teobert Maler from Thompson in the field at Chichen Itza and Chen Ku.
  4. Series IV: Incoming correspondence and reports 1870 –1916 includes curatorial material culled from early accession files which contained field notes, artifact inventories andcorrespondence from 1870 to 1915. Some of the material was culled from early accession files atan unknown date. This material is indexed by correspondent name and subject heading at theend of the finding aid.
  5. Series V: Professional organizations correspondence and ephemera 188?–1915 material concerns Putnam's role in the professionalization of the disciplineof anthropology and includes relevant correspondence and meeting invitations and programs.
  6. Series VI: Biographical materials 1884–1915 contains articles, clippings, andbiographical sketches about F.W. Putnam as well as some of his obituaries.
  7. Series VII: World Columbian Exposition records 1890-1895 illustrates Putnam's important role in organizing the anthropology exhibit hall of the WCE. These materials were accessioned as 38-22and 47-41 and contain specimen lists and notes on the objects collected for the exhibit. Some ofthe lists have been numbered, and these numbers may correspond to the exhibit or case numbersassigned at the WCE. This series also contains the July -September 1891 field notes of MaxwellRiddle concerning his WCE ethnographic work with the Menomonee, Stockbridge, andChippewa Indians. The lists and field notes were donated to the PM by F.W. Putnam's daughter,Alice and were transferred from the PM accessions files to the PM Director Records - Punam, inthe PM Archives in 1997.
  8. Series VIII: Erminnie Smith correspondence and ephemera 1879-1886 shows Putnam's positive effect on friends and family as exemplified bySmith's ethnographic field work and her correspondence with Alice Boardman, a friend of the Putnam family. Erminnie Smith was an amateur student of theIroquois language and folklore. She compiled a dictionary of Iroquois for the Smithsonian.Included are letters from Mrs. Smith to Mrs. Boardman, newspaper clippings, lecture notices,programs and invitations.
  9. Series IX: Oversize materials: WCE Maps & Plans,1893, undated includes plans of the anthropology building and Department of Ethnology galleries aswell as installation of exhibits.

Physical Location

Peabody Museum Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

38-22, 47-41, unaccessioned.

Series II, III and VIII were artificially created sometime after Putnam's death, at the wishes of museum curators who requested that these materials be separate from the rest of Putnam's general correspondence. Materials donated to the PM by F. W. Putnam's daughter, Alice Putnam, were accessioned as 38-22 and 47-41. These materials were transferred from the PM accession files to the PM Director Records in the PM Archives in 1997. The rest of the records were transferred to the PM Archives from within the Museum at an unknown date and did not need to be accessioned by the museum registrar.

Related Collections

  1. Chichen Itza Expedition Records, 1904-1947, PM Archives
  2. Putnam Papers, #999-24 (transferred from Kent State University; formerly part of the Ralph DexterPapers)
  3. Ohio Mounds Accession Files, PM Collections Department
  4. Putnam Papers, Harvard University Archives (HUA)
  5. Putnam Correspondence 1887-1914, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia

General note

Collections records may contain language, reflecting past collecting practices and methods of analysis, that is no longer acceptable. The Peabody Museum is committed to addressing the problem of offensive and discriminatory language present in its database. Our museum staff are continually updating these records, adding to and improving content. We welcome your feedback and any questions or concerns you may want to share.

Processing Information

Processed by: Sarah R. Demb , Peabody Museum Archivist.

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Charles Francis Adams, 1862-1943 1.6
J.E. Adams 9.1
Louis Agassiz 1807-1873 5.1
American Museum of Natural History 5.8
James A. Anderson 1.1
Adolf Francis Alphonse Bandelier 1840-1914 2.2
F.J. Batchelder 9.1
William Martin Beauchamp 1830-1925 1.22
George Ferdinand Becker 1847-1919 8.3
D.N. Bertolette 9.1
Howard L. (HU Comptroller) Blackwell 7.2
Clarence John Blake 1844-1919 5.33
Franz Boas 1858-1942 8.3, 8.5-6, 8.8, 8.11-12, 8.16
T.L. Bolton 91.
Boston Herald 1.20
Charles Pickering Bowditch 1942-1921 1.2, 4.6, 4.8, 4.10, 5.36, 6.10
Stephen Bowers 1832-1907 9.2
Hjalmar Hjorth Boyeson 8.3
Virginia Frazer Boyle 5.24
Martin Brimmer 1829-1899 5.23
Augusto E. Bruno 5.2
Louis Capitan 5.33
John R. (A.A.A.S) Chandler 5.42
Desire Charnay
M.O. Cherry
Charles F. Churchill 1.6
J. Clerc 8.15
Judge Edward Colston 1.6, 1.7
A.H. Conrad 5.4
Harriet Maxwell Converse 1836-1903 5.5
F. Cooke 91.
John V. Cooper 5.27
W.G. Coryell 1.13
P.S. Covair 1.13
Helen F. Cox 5.6
J. Cresson 5.7
Stewart Culin 1858-1929 8.14
Allen Danforth C1.6
Shelley W. Denton 5.27
Lyster Hoxie Dewey (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) 1865-1944 4.11
Erwin Paul Dieseldorff 1968-1940 5.36
Roland Burrage Dixon 1875-1934 1.7
Amos Emerson Dolbear 1837-1910
George A. Dorsey
Francis Worcester Doughty (d.1917) 5.9
E. Herrero Ducloux 5.33
William Charles Eliot 1834-1926 1.6,1.7, 7.2
John W. Emmet 1.15, 1.16
P.A. Emmons 5.23
Professor Engelman 5.13
William Curtis Farabee 1965-1925 1.6., 1.7
Gabrielle Ferrier (Société d'Anthropologie de Paris) 5.33
William Fenton 9.4
John Comfort Fillmore 1843-1898 8.7
Alice C. Fletcher 1838-1923 2.1, 2.2, 5.23
Persifor Frazer 1844-1909 5.23
William R. Gates 5.18
George Byron Gordon 1895-1903 5.19
Jerome D. Green 1.6, 1.7, 7.2
Robert Philips Greg 1826-1906 1.19
Lewis Winters Gunckel 9.1
F.L. H 1.8
Henry Hales 9.1
W.C. Hamilton 9.1
Manly Hardy 5.20
Judson Harmon 1846-1927 1.6
Benjamin Harrison 1833-1901 8.3
George Harrison n.d. 1.21
Issac E. Hasbrouck 9.4-5
E.Y. Hartman 5.27
I.Minis (Isaac Minis) Hays 1847-1925 5.33
Alice Palmer Henderson 9.2
Philip Hinkle 1.6
? Hislop 5.27
George H. Hoadley 1.6, 1.7
J.G. Holgate 9.1
Thomas F. Holgate 8.2
Earnest Albert Hooten 1887-1954 5.21
Edmund O. (Edmund Otis) Hovey 1801-1877 5.23
John Jackson 1.13
Sheldon Jackson 1834-1909 9.2
Thomas Allibone Janvier 8.3
Dr. Joseph Jastrow 1863-1944 8.9
John Brown Jewett 1.6, 1.7, 5.24
R.S. Johnstone 9.1
Louis Alvin Kalbach (U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Education) b. 1866 5.33
G.A. Karen 9.1
Edward Kenny 5.27
Aaron Kesler 1.13
John Cone Kimball 1.13
Louise Catlin Kinney 9.2
Leonard P. (Leonard Parker) Kinnicutt 1854-1911 5.23
Fellows S. Knowlton 9.2
Henry Rowan Lemly 1851-1925 5.25
Charles M. Leverett 1.13
About Lawrence Lowell 1856-1943 1.8, 7.2
Francis Cabot Lowell 1855-1911 1.6
Carl Lumholtz 1851-1922 5.27
Teobert Maler 5.36
C.H. Marsh 1.14
Ellen Mason n.d. 1.8
Henry McGuire 5.26
Harvey Frances Mead 1847-1915? 1.1-2, 4.6, 4.8, 5.27, 5.30, 5.34, 7.2
H. Kinninton Mead 9.1
? Medford 5.28
Evan P. Metcalf 1.6
Charles L. Metz 1.5, 1.6
Raymond Edwin Merwin 1881-1928 1.6, 1.7
H.B. Montague 9.1
Clarence B. Moore 1.1
Warren King Moorehead 9.1
Charles Bruce Morison 1862-1920 9.2
Gabriel de Mortillet 5.40
William Baker Nickerson 1.3
William Neven 5.42
Martin Noon 1.13
Frederick A. (Frederick Albion) Ober 1849-1913 9.2
Richard O'Flynn 5.29
Thomas B. O'Neil (U.S. Consulate, Stockholm, Sweden) 5.27
William Barclay Parsons 1859-1932
Leonard H. Pason 1.11
Thomas Nelson Perkins 1.7
Fanny E. Price 5.31
Hugh Wynne Price 1905-08 5.31
Frederic Ward Putnam 1839-1915 1.1-2, 1.5-8, 1.17-18, 1.20, 4.1-2, 4.4-6, 4.8-9, 4.11, 5.14-18, 5.27, 5.30, 5.33, 5.36-37, 5.40, 6.10, 7.2, 7.4-6
M.S. R 1.7
W.H. Raymenton 5.34
General Pitt Rivers 5.40
G.A. Rogers
Henry W. (Henry Woldmar) Ruoff 1865-1935 9.1
Frank Russell 1868-1903 5.12
W.E. Safford 1859-1926 9.1
Stephen Salisbury 1835-1905 4.6, 5.27
Henry Saltonstall 1.8
S.S. Scoville 1.12
Charles Sprague Sargent 1841-1927 5.27
Semetic Museum 5.3
W.H. Settle 1.6
George Augustus Charles Shurtleff 1819-1902 9.1
F. Conger Smith 9.1
Harlan Ingesoll Smith 1872-1940 1.5, 8.3, 9.2
Erminnie Adele Platt Smith 1836-1886 9.4-5
Eugene Smith 9.4-5
Gustav Spiller 5.40
Frederick Starr 1858-1933 9.1
Henry Lee Stoddard 1.2
Mary Copley Thaw 2.1
Henry J. Thayer 5.39
Annie G. Thompson 4.11
Caroline S. Thompson 4.11
Edward Herbert Thompson 1860-1935 4.1-11
Henrietta H. Thompson 4.5
[Colonel] S.E. (Samuel Escue) Tillman 1848-1942 8.3
Paul S. Tooker 5.27
Alfred M. (Alfred Marston) Tozzer 1877-1954 5.21, 5.30, 6.10
Sir William Turner 5.40
Ernest Volk 9.2
Clifford H. Walker 1.7
William Wallace n.d. 1.13
D.J.H Ward 5.18
Mary L. Ware 1.8
Dr. Hugh Watt and A.T. Watt 9.1
Joseph Warren 1.6
Lt. Roger Wells 9.1
Gerald Montgomery West 8.10
G.W. West 9.1
G.A. Whesel 1.13
Charles Clark Willoughby 1857-1943 1.7
E.F. Wilson 9.1
Horace M. Wilson 5.36
Robert C. (Robert Charles) Winthrop 1809-1894 2.1
[Dr.] H.C. (Harry Crecy) Yarrow 1849-1929 5.41
Charles A. (Charles Augustus) Young 1834-1908 8.3
William W. Adams 7.4
Aiken group mounds 1.3
Akademíen för de Fria Konsterna (Free Art Society) 7.3
Alabama Anthropological Society 5.33
Alabama mounds 1.1
Alaska archaeology 5.33
Algonquins (NY) 7.4
American Anthropological Association (AAA) 6.1
American Antiquarian Society documents 5.18
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 5.33, 5.42, 6.2
American Ethnological Society 1898–1913 6.3
American Folk-Lore Society 5.33, 6.4
American Geographical Society 7.3
American Museum of Natural History, Hyde Southwest Expedition 7.4
American Museum of Natural History, Mexican Hall 7.4
American Numismatic and Archaeological Society 7.3
American Ornithologists' Union 5.33
American Philosophical Society 5.33
Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 7.3
Anthropological Society of Washington 7.3
Archaeological Institute of America 6.5, 7.4
Archaeological Society 7.3
Arkansas mounds 1.2
Arctic Exploration Collection catalog 7.3
Association pour l'Enseignement des Sciences 7.3
AnthropologiquesAztec manuscript 5.4, 7.4
Birch bark Aztec manuscript, IA 5.4
Blue Lick Springs, KY 7.4
Bristol, TN archaeological sites 1.15, 1.16
British Honduras 5.31
Brown Homestead (Boston, MA) 5.42
Canoe, dugout (Plymouth, MA) 5.39
Carnegie Institute of Washington Executive Committee 6.10
"Catalogue of Ethnographic Colls. in the South Pacific..." 5.2
Cattaraugus Reservation 9.5
Caughnawage, PQ, Canada 9.4
Cenote, Sacred 4.1-4.12
Central America Expeditions, PM Columbia 5.36
Central America Expeditions, PM Guatemala 5.36
Central America Expeditions, PM Honduras 5.19, 5.36
Central America Expeditions, PM Mexico 5.36
The Century Association 7.3
Cherokee 7.4
Cincinnati Tablet (OH) 1.19
Colombia 5.36
Congrès Prehistorique de France 1913 5.33
Congrèss International des Americanistes, Berlin Congress 1888 5.17, 6.6
Congrèss International des Americanistes, Paris Congress 1890 6.6
Congrèss International des Americanistes, Mexico Congress 1910 5.33
Harriet Maxwell Converse 7.4
"Copiah" stone wall, MS 5.24
Costa Rica archaeology 5.38
Cree woman's dress (drawing of sleeves) 5.10
D.H. Price catalog of Neuters Specimens for Sale 7.3
Damariscotta, ME 7.4
Daughters of the Aesthetic 9.4-5
Davenport, IA mounds 1.4
Delaware River, NY burial ground 5.27
Dog, prehistoric 5.17
Dog skulls 5.8
Drawing, Carved shell (Seneca River, NY) 5.10
Drawing, Pair of detached sleeves from Cree woman's dress (Field Museum), n.d. 5.11
Drawings, human maxilar (Tlalmanca, Mexico) 5.12
Dr. Alfred Eldridge 7.4
John W. Emmert 1.15, 1.16
Ethnographic collections, Early direction of PM (HU) 5.1
Eugenics 7.4
Exhibit cases given to Semitic Museum (HU) 5.3
Faculty meeting, Peabody Museum (HU) 7.2
Fairfield, IA 5.4
Ferris Tract, Madisonville, Hamilton Co., OH 1.6, 1.7
Fort Ancient, Warren Co., OH 1.12
Fort, earthen (Donegal Co., Ireland) 5.29
Fortnightly Club for the Study of Anthropology 7.3
"Fossil corn crusher" St. Vincent de Paul, PQ, Canada 5.27
"Fossil man" NV (1900) 5.15
Gould's Farm (William), Reading, Hamilton, Co., OH 1.5
Government hearings on park lands, NM (1904-05) 5.32
Great Miami River, mouth of, OH 1.21
Guatemalan Expedition (PM) 5.36, 9.1
Guatemalan molds 5.36
Guatemalan archaeological specimens inventory (1900) 5.36
Mark Raymond Harrington 7.4
Hayner Mounds, Union Twnshp., Warren Co., OH 1.5
Henry Williamson Haynes 5.18
"Henry Wheatland" (reprint) 7.4
Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett 7.4
Honduras Expedition, PM 5.19, 5.36
Earnest A. Hooten 5.21
Dr. Ales Hrdlicka 7.4
Hughes Mound, west side of Brush Creek, London, OH 1.5
Human remains (Syracuse, NY) 7.4
Hyatt lecture at Cooper Union 9.4
Illinois mounds 1.3
"Illustrated Guide to the Smithsonian Institution and National Museum" flyer, n.d 7.3
"Indian Relics" NY 5.27
Inuit children ("Esquimaux") 7.4
Iowa mounds 1.4
Iroquois 9.4-5
Iroquois houses and costumes, n.d. 5.22
Iroquois masks 5.5
J.W. Skiles & Co. 8.1
"Jackson Whites" 7.4
Jacksontown, OH 1.10
Jade instruments (1886-88) 5.23
Jaw Bone, human (Mexico) 5.12
Morris Ketchum Jessup 7.4
William Jones 7.4
Knowlton's Tablet (OH) 1.17
Labrador (Newfoundland, Canada) artifacts 8.1
Lansing skull (KS) 7.4
Dr. Berthold Laufer 7.4
Lemly Collection (1895-96) 5.25, 5.35
Long Island archaeology 5.9, 7.4
Louisiana Purchase Exposition Award 7.5
Mr. Lorell 9.4
Kendall Mound, Columbia Twnshp., Hamilton Co, OH 1.5
Madisonville Cemetery, OH 1.6
Massachusetts Indian Association (Cambridge branch) 5.33
Massachusetts seal 7.6
Washington Matthews 7.4
"Maya myths and fables" [Thompson] 3.1
Maya sites 1900-08 5.36
Memorial History of Boston (1880) table of contents 5.33
Merriam, Dr. J.C. (Hearst Expeditions) 7.4
Mexico 41.-4.12, 5.31, 5.36
Chinese sites in Mexico 7.4, 5.36
Mississippi tablet rubbing (Ohio Archaeological Society) 5.16
Mohawk language 9.4
Mohawks (Bay of Quinte, ONT, Canada) 8.2
Montezuma Valley, CO 7.4
Naaman's Creek, DE 5.7
National University of La Plata 5.33
Alfred Nehring 1845-1904 5.17
"New Jersey Man" 7.4
New York Academy of Sciences 7.3
New York Board of Education 7.3
William Niven 5.42
Ohio mounds 1.5-13, 1.17-20, 7.4
Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society 5.16, 6.7
Ojibway at the Longfellow Mansion (Cambridge, MA) 7.4
Onondaga 9.4
Onondaga antiquities, NY 1.22
Oregon mounds 1.14
Pelham Bay Park, NY 7.4
George Pepper 7.4
Permaguid, ME 5.39
Peruvian archaeology 7.4
Peruvian Chronicle (Poma de Agala) 5.30
Peruvian chronicle reproduction rights and permissions (1913) 5.30
Philippine myths 7.4
Philips Academy Department of Anthropology 5.33
Plymouth, MA 3.39
Pollock Mound (John S.), 3/4 mile WNW of Cleveland, OH 1.5
PM Board of Trustees Annual Meeting 1896 5.27
Plymouth, MA dugout photographs 5.39
Putnam's memberships in professional organization 5.33
American age of Puberty 5.13
Alice Putnam 9.4
Frederic Ward Putnam (1909-1915) 5.33, 7.1-7.6, 9.4
Pyramids of Sun and Moon, San Juan, Teoihuscan, MX 5.35
Queensland (AUS) skeletons 5.27
Ramapo Hills, NY 7.4
Dr. George A. Reisner 7.4
Riceville, TN archaeological sites 1.15, 1.16
Santa Clara, NM 7.4
Saratoga, NY archaeology 5.26
Seneca 9.4
Serpent Mound, Warren Co., OH 1.8, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.20
School of Archaeology in Mexico 5.14
Scientific Alliance of New York 7.3
Shasta caves, CA 7.4
Shell, Carved, NY 5.11
Shell heaps, ME 5.20, 7.4
"The Shrewsbury Skull and Mastadon" mss. & core. 5.34
Sioux visit to DC 1870 mss. 5.6
"Sketches from the Malay Archipelago: Borneo..." 5.41
Mrs. Erminnie Smith 9.4-5
Societa Romana di Antropologia 5.33
Société d'Anthropologie de Paris 5.33
Society of American Indians 6.8
Society for Improvement in Science 9.5
Hamilton St. Regis 9.4
Stahl Collection 5.28
"Stone Mounds in Central and West Texas..." 5.37
Swann Collection 5.38
Ralph Stockman Tarr (1864-1912) 5.37
Tennessee mounds 1.15-16
Sophia Bradford Ripley Thayer obituary 7.4
Tikal, Guatemala plans and text (Maler, 1906) 5.36
Tourist fraud (archaeological specimens) 7.4
Turner Mounds, OH 1.9, 1.18
Tuskarora Reservation 9.4-5
Dr. Max Uhle 7.4
Union, OR mound 1.14
Universal Peace Union 9.5
Universal Race Congress, London 1910 5.40
University of Pennsylvania Department of Archaeology and Paleontology 6.9
Dr. Warren Upham 7.4
Washington Academy of Sciences 7.3, 5.33
G.M. West 8.17
Henry Wheatland 7.4
TN Whitewell 1.15, 1.16
Withrop (MA) mounted real estate map 1890 5.42
"Wireless Hints to Western Union Directors" [Powers] 7.4
Wisconsin Archaeological Society 7.3
Women's Commission 9.5
West Columbian Exposition 1893 8.1-8.16
World Columbian Exposition Alaska collections 1893 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Anthropology library request 2/13/1893 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Anthropometric measurement instructions 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 [Anthropometric measurements of Americans, inc. category of “mulattoes”] 8.17
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Anthropometric work among school children" 8.10
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Archaeology of Saginaw Valley [MI], as illustrated at the WCE," n.d. 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Awards 1894-95 8.4
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Bannock Indians (Ross Fork, ID) 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Bertolette D.N. Collection 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Blood Reserve, AB, Canada 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Bolivian costumes 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 British Columbian collection 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Catawba (Rock Hill, SC) exhibit 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Charnay, Desire Collection (Guatemala) 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Chemistry at the Fair" 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Chicago museum proposal June 23, 1893 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Cherokee (NC) exhibit 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Chippewa, White Earth, MN 9.1, 9.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Colorado and New Mexico pottery 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Cree Indians of Piapots Reserve & Assinaboine Saskatchewan 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Creek Indian Exhibit 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Cusick, C.C. 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Dakotas exhibit 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "D.E. Dyer's Private Collection of Indian Curiosities..." 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Delaware Valley, NJ 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Diamonds at the Fair" 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Ecuadorian costumes 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Electric Comparison, An" 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Ethnology at the Exposition" 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Exhibits from the North Pacific Coast" 8.5-6
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "The Flathead Indians" 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Garden River, ONT, Canada 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 German ethnographic exhibit invitation June 16, 1893 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 German Pfalz and German village 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Gold's Free Museum collection (Santa Fe, NM) 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Green Collection 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Guaivo Indians, Orinoco River, Venezuela 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Guatemala collections 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Heatherton, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Heinrich Heine" 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Hogan of the Navajo Indians exhibit (CO) 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Holgate J.G. Collection 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Illustrated American Archaeological Expedition 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 International Congress of Anthropologists June 15, 1893 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Iroquois 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Keshena, WI 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Lagos, West Africa 9.1.
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Lac du Flambeau, WI 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Lingle Collection (Congo, Africa) 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Lower Brull Sioux" (Sissetow Agency) 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Maine shell heaps (Knox and Lincoln Counties) 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Manitowaning, ONT, Canada 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Dr. John McLean Collection 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Dr. M.A. McDonald 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 H. Kinneton Mead Collection 9.1
Menomonee Indians of Green Bay, WI 9.1, 9.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Micmacs of Nova Scotia 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Mohawks 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 H.B. Collection Montague 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Muskogee group exhibit 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Nepigan, ONT, Canada 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 F.A. Ober Collection 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Orinoco River, Venezuela 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Pearoa Indians, Orinoco River, Venezuela 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Peru, Forest Region 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Peruvian costumes 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Physical Anthropology of the North American Indian" 8.11
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Piapots Reserve (near Regina , MN , Canada) Touchwood Hills & Tile Hills 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Points of Interest" 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Port Arthur, ONT, Canada 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Port Simon, Costa Rica 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Portcards 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Preliminary Report on the Kwakiutl Songs" 8.7
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Primitive religions, games, folklore" 8.14
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "The Progress of Science" 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Rapport présenté a'Monsieur le President de la Section d'Anthropologie, a'l'Exposition Universelle de Chicago" 8.15
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Report on Physical anthropology..." draft 8.16
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Report on the Section pf Psychology" 8.9
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Retrospective Forecast, A" 8.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 M. Riddle Collection 9.1, 9.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Rose Garnet 5.42
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Henry W. Ruoff Collection 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 W.E. Safford Collection 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Salamanca Indians 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Salish 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 San Nicholas Island, CA collection 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Saulteaux (Ojibway) Indians at Broken Head River, Lake Winnipeg, MN, Canada 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Sautee Sioux Indians, NE" 91.
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Lt. George Scriven Collection 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Shoshonian group (ID) 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Siberian collections 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Sioux at Devil's Lake Reservation, ND" 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "South American Archaeology and ethnology" 8.13
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Spanish Mills, ONT, Canada 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 St. Ignacio Mission, MI 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Stockbridge Indians 9.3
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Taxidermy exhibit 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Tinker Creek, Northwest Territories 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 John H. Trabill 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 "Tribes of the Fraser River Valley" 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Upper Paraguay River 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Venezuela 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Ernest Volk Collection 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Lt. Roger Wells 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 G.W. West Collection 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 West Indies Collection 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 White Earth Minnesota 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 E.F. Wilson Collection 9.1
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Yucatan ruins exhibit 9.2
World Columbian Exposition 1893 Zuni exhibit 9.1
World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition 9.5
Xochicalco, Mexico 7.4
Yosemite Valley archaeology (CA) 7.4
Yucatan, Mexico 4.1-4.12
Yukon River (AK) specimens 8.1
Title
Putnam, Frederic W., 1839-1915. Peabody Museum director records, Frederic W. Putnam (1839-1915), 1870-1923: A Finding Aid
Author
Peabody Museum Archives
EAD ID
pea00005

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