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Papers of James Jackson Putnam, 1863-1965 (inclusive), 1878-1920 (bulk).

Author: James Jackson Putnam
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Papers contain chiefly incoming letters, from colleagues, friends, family members, and patients, as well as a few copies of letters written by Putnam; several letters belonging to his wife Marian Cabot Putnam; and manuscripts and documents of Putnam. His major correspondents include Ernest Jones, Susan E. Blow, William James, Edward Waldo Emerson, and Henry Pickering Bowditch. Other individuals represented in the
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Named Person: Susan Elizabeth Blow; H P Bowditch; Henry A Christian; Edward Cowles; Edward Waldo Emerson; Sándor Ferenczi; Sigmund Freud; Henry James; William James; Ernest Jones; Morton Prince; James Jackson Putnam; Marian Cabot Putnam; Elmer Ernest Southard; Elizabeth Hewes Tilton
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: James Jackson Putnam
OCLC Number: 281433025
Reproduction Notes: Are available at repository.
Description: 21 boxes.

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Papers contain chiefly incoming letters, from colleagues, friends, family members, and patients, as well as a few copies of letters written by Putnam; several letters belonging to his wife Marian Cabot Putnam; and manuscripts and documents of Putnam. His major correspondents include Ernest Jones, Susan E. Blow, William James, Edward Waldo Emerson, and Henry Pickering Bowditch. Other individuals represented in the papers include Elmer Ernest Southard, Edward Cowles, Sándor Ferenczi, Henry James, Morton Prince, Henry A. Christian, Lucy Washburn, and Elizabeth Tilton. There is also some correspondence with publishers contained in the papers. Letters of Ernest Jones discuss the work of Prince and Sigmund Freud, papers to be given at various professional meetings; and attendance at congresses on psychology, psychotherapy, and neurology; and Jones' views on dream analysis, alcoholism, and other subjects. William James' letters contain his thinking on Spencer's philosophy, his opposition to a proposed medical license, and mention of his health. Letters from Prince to Putnam pertain chiefly to his views on Freud. Topics covered in Blow's letters include educational issues in kindergartens and women's suffrage; they also reflect the development of her philosophical views over a 20 year period.

Letters from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard colleagues, such as Cowles, Christian, and Bowditch, concern teaching matters at Harvard, funding for the Social Service Department at MGH, Bowditch's travels in Europe, and physiological apparatus and research. Also includes letters from other colleagues, such as Southard, pertaining to his psychiatric work at the Massachusetts State Hospital in Danvers; Ferenczi, about psychoanalytic treatment and international meetings; from Edward Waldo Emerson, a long series, 1866-1918, mostly about family and friends; and from acquaintances, such as Elizabeth Tilton documenting her work as a prohibitionist. Putnam's outgoing letters concern a merger of Harvard departments of neurology and psychology, European psychiatric hospitals, establishment of a neurology ward and other matters at MGH and Harvard. They also reflect his views on such subjects as neurasthenia, psychoanalysis, and Freudian theories, alcoholism, and the Emmanuel movement and cooperation between the clergy and medical profession. Marion Cabot Putnam's letters include mainly letters of condolence from friends and colleagues of her husband; there are also some letters from Marion and other family papers. Manuscripts belonging to Putnam include college essays; reading and medical notes; manuscripts of lectures and papers on such subjects as mental illness, psychoneurosis, and psychoanalysis; diploma and other documents.

Related material includes correspondence, 1956-1965, concerning the disposition of the Putnam papers.

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