Frederic Ward Putnam was born April 16, 1839 in Salem, Massachusetts – died August 14, 1915 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Putnam was an American naturalist and anthropologist. Later he became the curator of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University from 1874 to 1909. He directed archæological digs across 37 U.S. states and in other countries. He published List of the Birds of Essex County (1856), originated The Naturalist’s Directory (1865), and was one of the founders of the journal American Naturalist in 1867. 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 was also active in professional organizations, which were rapidly organizing. In 1898 he was elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1901 he was president of the American Folklore Society. In 1905 he was president of the American Anthropological Association. He was invited to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of many foreign learned societies. Putnam is widely known as the “Father of American Archaeology” for his contribution of scientific methods and direction of many of the nascent field’s best students.


Original Frederic Ward Putnam Autograph, signed on Peabody Museum of Archaelogy and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Letterhead. Typed on letter: Dear Sir: – The Peabody Museum is issuing from time to time its Memoirs and Papers, giving the results of researches in American Archaeology and Ethnology conducted by the Museum. As we are dependent upon voluntary contributions for conducting these researches and publishing the results, it is hoped that you will aid the Museum by becoming a subscriber to its regular publications. The prices of the several publications are given in the enclosed list. To regular subscribers, receiving the Memoirs and Papers as issued, 20 per cent discount is allowed. Contributions in aid of the American Archaeological and Ethnological researches by the Museum will be thankfully received. Respectfully yours, F. W. Putnam Curator of the Museum. Approx. Size 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches. Regular Price – $ 335.00 / Sale Price – $ 249.95.

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