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titleEben Putnam Papers (Mss 399)
repositoryNew England Historic Genealogical Society
descriptionCollection primarily concerns genealogical research on the descendants of John Putnam (1580-1662) who settled in Salem, MA; extensive research on Putnam families in New York's Mohawk Valley; and lesser amounts concerning southern lines. Putnam also did varying amount of work on many allied families, especially the Bixby, Converse and Holden families, which are accompanied by extensive family documents provided by Willard G. Bixby (1868-1935), heirs of Frederick A. Holden (1839-1915), and Liberty E. Holden (1833-1913). Family and business papers by Putnam's own ancestors include material concerning Arthur Brown (d. 1864), a master mariner who sailed in the China Trade from NY, and pages from a diary kept by Ebenezer Balch (1726-1808), a clock maker and goldsmith in Hartford and Weathersfield Conn., who recorded family births, marriages, deaths, and his own religious musings, 1752-1759.

Putnam assiduously collected records from North American and foreign sources. Although most concern Putnam and allied families, he also accumulated numerous records of a general nature. These include cemetery inscriptions, church records, census information and town records: Agawam cemetery and Ashleyville cemetery inscriptions copied by Louis Marinus Dewey; baptisms at the First Church of Beverly; War Record Committee certificates for Danvers, Mass.; copy of baptisms at Marblehead 1684-1740; handwritten copy by Alfred Poor of the Middletown vital records; First Congregational Church of Wakefield records; list of marriages by Theophilus Colton, minister First Church of Hampton Falls, NH 1712-1721 compiled by Emily Leavitt; births at Swanzey, NH 1754-1836; abstract of Burlington, VT deeds 1763-1784; abstract of Colchester, VT proprietor records 1773-1785; and a list of marriages by William T. Dewey from the Montpelier Christ Episcopal Church records, 1843-1902. Of particular interest are forms returned by town clerks in the New England States between 1889-1893 that describe the extent and condition of their records though not every town replied and some replies were very brief.

Putnam's private papers consist of scattered family correspondence, a diary, some political material concerning Democratic activities in Danvers and Salem at the turn of the century, and records of his military service (1917-1919) and reserve duty. His diary, kept during his middle teens, includes comments on football games he participated in (as well as those played by other teams) and family affairs, his school progress, social events, and local political activities. The collection contains numerous photographs that were primarily collected to illustrate books and articles. There are 133 photographs of individuals or groups, including the archaeological contemporaries of Eben's father. Particularly interesting is a set of three photographs showing the ethnologist Alice C. Fletcher (1845-1928) at work on the Winnebago Indian Allotment in Wisconsin, 1888-1889. Eben's father also received inscribed studio photographs from Zelia Nuttall (d. 1933), in appreciation for her archaeological training. Thirty-four views of homes and places, as well as two pictures of family furniture, provide context for the names and faces appearing in the collection.

Biographical Note
Eben Putnam (l868-1933) was the son of the archaeologist Frederick Ward Putnam (1839-1912) by his first wife, Adelaide M. Edmands (1838-1879). Eben Putnam became a bank clerk and then a broker. In 1890, he married Florence Tucker by whom he had three children. Putnam also had a distinguished career as an historian. Primarily noted for his genealogical work, he made substantial contributions on local, state and national topics as well. He was a publisher in his own right, taking commissions both to perform research and guide genealogies through publication. Putnam's Salem Press provided a vehicle for several of these works.

Cite as:
Eben Putnam Papers (Mss 399). R Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society.
extent38 linear ft.
formatsPersonal Papers Business Papers Ephemera
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finding aidUnpublished guide to the collection available in the library.
acquisition informationGifts; 1944-1950; Putnam, Florence, Wellesley Hills, Mass. Gift; 1966 October 13; American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass. Gifts; 1982-1985; Putnam, Adelaide, Wellesley Hills, Mass.
updated03/16/2023 10:29:55

titleThe Fototeca Berenson (Villa I Tatti Photo Archives)
repositoryBiblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti
descriptionThe collection contains about 300,000 photographs, many of them collected by Berenson himself from the 1880s until the time of his death in 1959. Many have notes on the back in his handwriting. Many show works of art before restoration, and others show images since destroyed.

An important section, "Homeless paintings", contains photographs of works whose current location is unknown. The photographs are almost exclusively black and white in a variety of photographic media, such as albumen, gelatine, or carbon.

About 3000 large-format photographs are stored separately. In addition, there is a considerable amount of documentary material in the form of clippings, notes and printed reproductions.

The photographs are arranged according to Berenson's original scheme, by school: Florence, Siena, Central Italy, Northern Italy, Lombardy, Venice, Southern Italy. Within each school they are arranged by artist, then by topography, followed by homeless. Paintings and drawings are arranged separately.

The main focus of the collection is on Italian painting and drawing from the mid-thirteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. This part of the collection continues to be developed through the acquisition of new materials and through photographic campaigns. Later periods are also represented but in smaller scale, without systematic updating.

There is also material on medieval painting, arranged topographically; manuscript illumination, arranged according to present location; archeology; Byzantine art and architecture, arranged both by artist and by location; and non-Italian art, arranged by country. Finally a section of 8000 photographs is devoted to the art of the Far East, India and Islam.

In addition to the original Berenson nucleus, collections of prints, glass plates, negatives and transparencies have entered the Fototeca.

These include the collections of Emilio Marcucci (nineteenth-century projects for the completion of various Florentine monuments), George Kaftal (representations of saints in Italian painting of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries), Henry Clifford (painting thirtheenth to seventeenth centuries), Giorgio Castelfranco (Italian art thirteenth to twentieth centuries), Giannino Marchig (restoration), Frederick Hartt (Michelangelo, Giulio Romano), Giuseppe Marchini (Italian art and stained glass), and Craig H. Smyth (Renaissance painting and drawing).

There is a small collection of micropublications and microfiche (162,386 frames): L=index photographique de l'art en France (95,648); Sotheby's Pictorial Archive - Old Master Paintings (45,472); Christie's Pictorial Archive Italian School (9,898); Christie's Pictorial Archive - New York 1977-95 Old Master Paintings & Drawings (11,368). The microfilm of the Bartsch Corpus comprises about 42,000 frames.

Most photographers not identified.

extent300,000 + photographs
formatsPhotographs Reproductions Microfilm Artist Files
accessContact Ilaria Della Monica the archivist at the Berenson Library for restrictions and appointments.
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finding aidCurrently, there is no catalog of the photographs at Villa I Tatti. In some cases, Artist Files, can be found school (i.e. Venetian, Lombard, Northern Italy, Central Italy, etc. . .) and some are cataloged in Harvard's online catalog, HOLLIS.
acquisition informationOriginally formed by Bernard Berenson the Library continues to add to the file.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:10

titleRecords of the Director's Office: Frederic Allen Whiting, 1913-1930
repositoryThe Cleveland Museum of Art
descriptionThe records of the Director's Office are the primary source for understanding the decisions made and actions taken at the highest level of the museum's administration.

In addition, the records constitute one of the most valuable, unified resources for researching the early history of the museum and its art collection; initial construction and expansion of the museum building;

changes in the museum's administrative hierarchy; personalities and activities of individual staff members; artistic and social movements of the first half of the twentieth century; and the museum's relationship with civic, cultural, and educational institutions throughout the country and the world.

The records from Frederic Allen Whiting's tenure as director are divided into four main series: I. Numbered Administrative Correspondence, II. Unnumbered Administrative Correspondence, III. Biographical Materials, and IV. Index to Numbered Administrative Correspondence.

The Cleveland Museum of Art Archives, Records of the Director's Office: Frederic Allen Whiting, date and short description of document [e.g., letter from Whiting to Kent, 6 June 1916].
extent22.6 cubic feet, 72 boxes
formatsAdministrative Records Writings Correspondence Notes
accessAt the end of the restricted period, the records will still be subject to the review of the archivist before access is granted.
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updated11/12/2014 11:30:11