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George Putnam papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 827

Scope and Contents

Correspondence includes incoming and outgoing letters, and letters pasted into scrapbooks.

There is a scrapbook containing outgoing letters from 1900-1903. Another section of regular outgoing correspondence is from 1900-1904; 1911-1912; and 1918.

There is another scrapbook containing incoming letters (1900-1903) from E. W. Scripps, Ellen B. Scripps, and L.T. Atwood. The scrapbook and correspondence deals primarily with the establishment of the Spokane Press, with some letters regarding the Kansas City Sunday World, both of which were newspapers backed financially by the Scripps family.

Another section of regular incoming letters are arranged alphabetically by name or title, and are dated from 1900-1919. Correspondents include government agencies, newspapers and publishers, and politicians.

There is one folder of miscellaneous business papers. The collection also includes memorabilia.


  • 1900-1919


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

George Putnam (1872-1961) became a newspaper reporter, editor, manager, and publisher.

He was born in New Orleans and educated at the University of Nebraska. He began his newspaper career as a reporter for the San Diego Tribune. He then became private secretary to E. W. Scripps in 1899, and went on to be the coast manager for the Scripps McRae Press Association from 1900-1902.

He founded, edited, and published the Spokane Press until 1904. He was also the editor of the Eureka Herald until 1904; news editor of the Portland Journal from 1904-1907; editor and publisher of the Medford Mail Tribune from 1907 till 1919, and editor and publisher of Salem Capitol Journal from 1919 until 1953, where he was editor emeritus until his death in 1961.

Putnam died in a house fire that destroyed much of his personal papers.


1.6 linear feet (2 containers) : 1 record storage box, 1 loose volume

Language of Materials



George Putnam (1872-1961) became a newspaper reporter, editor, manager, and publisher. The collection (1900-1919) contains correspondence, business papers, memorabilia, and scrapbooks.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1977.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the George Putnam Papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA