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COLLECTION Identifier: 84-M12

Papers of Katherine Putnam Bowditch Codman, 1880-1960


Correspondence, memo books, etc., of Katherine Putnam Bowditch Codman, member of a prominent Boston family and reformer.


  • Creation: 1880-1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Katherine Putnam Bowditch Codman as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)

Correspondence consists of letters from Alice Hamilton to Katherine Putnam Bowditch Codman and from Codman to her mother; also memo books of Codman and part of Bowditch genealogy.


Born into a prominent Boston family, Katherine Putnam Bowditch Codman married Amory Codman and supported such unpopular causes as birth control and Sacco and Vanzetti. Dr. Alice Hamilton lived with the Codmans while she taught at Harvard Medical School (1919-1935).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 84-M12

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cornelia Wheeler in January 1984.


  1. Box 1: 1-9
  2. Box 2: 10-15

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: April 1984

By: Sharon Owens, Christine C. Marshall

Codman, Katherine Putnam Bowditch. Papers of Katherine Putnam Bowditch Codman, 1880-1960: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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