George Putnam papers, 1900-1919  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Atwood, Lemuel T., 1852-1909Putnam, George, 1872-1961Scripps, E. W. (Edward Willis), 1854-1926Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932
George Putnam papers
1900-1919 (inclusive)
0.75 linear feet, (1 container and one volume)
Collection Number
Ax 827
George Putnam (1872-1961) became a newspaper reporter, editor, manager, and publisher. The collection (1900-1919) contains correspondence, business papers, memorabilia, and scrapbooks.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Additional Reference Guides

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

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George P. Putnam papers, Ax 827, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American newspapers--Oregon
  • American newspapers--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
  • Newspaper editors--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Newspaper editors--Pacific Coast (U.S.)--Correspondence
  • Newspaper editors--United States--Correspondence
  • Newspaper publishing--Oregon--History--20th century
  • Newspaper publishing--Pacific Coast (U.S.)--History--20th century
  • Newspaper publishing--United States--History--20th century
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • Publishers and publishing--United States--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Atwood, Lemuel T., 1852-1909--Correspondence
  • Putnam, George, 1872-1961
  • Putnam, George, 1872-1961--Correspondence
  • Scripps, E. W. (Edward Willis), 1854-1926--Correspondence
  • Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • E.W. Scripps Company.
  • Kansas City World (Firm).
  • Spokane Press.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Scrapbooks