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Karl Scott Putnam Papers, 1910-1978
4 boxes (1.7 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Architecture. Contains correspondence, clippings, notes, publications, syllabi, sketches, and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Karl Scott Putnam was born on April 28, 1883 in Leverett, Massachusetts to Roswell and Sarah Putman. In 1910, Putnam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science, and attended graduate school at the Columbia University School of Architecture. After graduation, Putnam worked for architectural offices in Boston and New York. He moved to Northampton, Massachusetts in 1913 to begin his own practice. Constructing many homes within the Pioneer Valley, Putnam commonly designed homes within the classical, New England vein. That said, he also designed homes that were considered modern for the time period. Putnam's most famous client was President Calvin Coolidge, as he designed two of his homes. Oliver Carlton, President of the Northampton Historical Society in the 1960s, said Putman's "buildings were always a place for people." Beginning his tenure at Smith College in 1929, Putnam was an associate professor of Architecture until his retirement in 1952. He held the title of Professor Emeritus until his death in 1965. Putnam also taught at the Cambridge School of Architecture, which was purchased by the college under President William Allan Neilson. During his professorship at Smith, Putnam was contracted by the college to design many buildings throughout campus. Included in the buildings he designed for the college are the Quadrangle, the Crew House, the Field House, and Scott Gymnasium. In addition to his work for the college, Putnam was Director of the Northampton Historical Society from 1943-1953, and was President of the New England Architectural Society for a number of years. He also served as a visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts from 1949-1950. Putnam was married to Mabel (Cratts) Putnam, with whom he had a daughter named Ruth Ann Jackson. Karl Scott Putnam died in 1965 at his home in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Collection contains correspondence, clippings, obituaries, course materials, notes, publications, and lists of buildings designed by Putnam. Also included in the collection are various building plans, including contracts, estimated costs, sketches, photographs, and details regarding materials used. The collection also contains materials relating to Raymond Putnam, including a song written in honor of his retirement and drawings given to him by Claire Manwell.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Karl Scott Putnam Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Karl Scott Putnam papers were donated to the Smith College Archives from a number of sources.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Biographical Information


Box 978
General
1937-1978, n.d.

Box 978: folder 1
Correspondence
1952-1958, n.d.

Box 978: folder 2
Obituaries
1965-1966

Box 978: folder 3
Project Materials


Box 978
Building notes
1956-1964, n.d.

Box 978: folder 4
Contract specifications
1922

Box 978: folder 5
Contract specifications
1943-1963

Box 978: folder 6
Mitchell house
n.d.

Box 978: folder 7
Notes and slide lists
1943-1944, n.d.

Box 978: folder 8
Potter house, Route 9
n.d.

Box 978: folder 9
Sketches
1960, n.d.

Box 978: folder 10
Misc. notes on useable materials
1934-1964, n.d.

Box 978: folder 11
Misc. photos and lists of work projects
ca. 1930-1946, n.d.

Box 978: folder 12
Raymond Putnam: drawings by Claire Manwell
n.d.

Box 978: folder 13
Raymond Putnam: retirement song
1963

Box 978: folder 14
Course Notes


Box 979
1940s, 1950s, 1960s,1970s up to Centennial (1975)
n.d.

Box 979: folder 1
19th Century England
1954, n.d.

Box 979: folder 2
America: 18th Century/ Late Georgian
1932, n.d.

Box 979: folder 3
America: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, D.C.
1910, n.d.

Box 979: folder 4
American Art 77
c.a. 1940, n.d.

Box 979: folder 5
American Bulfrinch, Shranguin, Benjamin, Blesserman
1931, n.d.

Box 979: folder 6
Art 12 (Sem. 1)-Key
1939-1940

Box 979: folder 7
Art 12 (Sem. 1)-Key
1940-1941

Box 979: folder 8
Art 12 (Sem. 2)-Key
1940-1941

Box 979: folder 9
Art 22 (1800s)
1936-1946, n.d.

Box 979: folder 10
Art 22 (Early Christian Art and Architecture)
1921-1940, n.d.

Box 979: folder 11
Art 22 (Sem. 1)-Key
1936-1937

Box 980: folder 1
Art 22 (Sem. 2)
1936-1937

Box 980: folder 2
Byzantine
n.d.

Box 980: folder 3
Classical Revival
n.d.

Box 980: folder 4
Colonial and Queen Anne Restoration
n.d.

Box 980: folder 5
English: Medieval
1934-1951, n.d.

Box 980: folder 6
French Medieval Art
n.d.

Box 980: folder 7
French Renaissance
1935-1940, n.d.

Box 980: folder 8
German Medieval Art
1936, n.d.

Box 980: folder 9
Germany: Modern Architecture
n.d.

Box 981: folder 1
Gothic Revival in England 18th Century Costumes
n.d.

Box 981: folder 2
Greece
1934, n.d.

Box 981: folder 3
Medieval and Gothic Architecture, Gothic Tradition in America
1931-1940, n.d.

Box 981: folder 4
Principles of Architecture
1942-1948

Box 981: folder 5
Renaissance Italy
1929-1939, n.d.

Box 981: folder 6
Rome
n.d.

Box 981: folder 7
Unlabeled course notes
1935-1942, n.d.

Box 981: folder 8
Miscellaneous class notes
n.d.

Box 981: folder 9

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