Daniel Putnam papers
02.DP

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Putnam, Daniel
Title
Daniel Putnam papers
ID
02.DP
Date [inclusive]
1849-1948
Extent
1.2 Linear feet 3 archive boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Daniel Putnam was a professor at Michigan State Normal College from 1868-1906, and from 1881-1883 and 1885-1886 he served as President/acting principal. The  Daniel Putnam papers include materials from approximately 1849 to 1948 that document the career of Michigan State Normal College professor and President Daniel Putnam. Materials include records produced by Putnam as a professor and an administrator, as well as records regarding his legacy on campus.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Biographical note

Daniel Putnam was born on January 8, 1824 in South Lyndeboro, New Hampshire to Israel and Ruth Sargent Putnam. He attended New Hampton Academy and was awarded his A.B. in 1851 and M.A. in 1853 from Dartmouth College. On July 27, 1852, he married Sarah E. Smith of New Hampton.

After teaching for a short time at the New Hampton School and in Vermont, Putnam moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he served as a Professor at Kalamazoo College from 1854-8 and 1865-7. In addition, he organized the public school of Kalamazoo, serving as the superintendent of Kalamazoo county schools for one year. Putnam served as a Professor at Michigan State Normal College from 1868-1906, and from 1881-1883 and 1885-1886 he served as President/acting principal.

During his career in Michigan he served as President of the Michigan State Teachers Association, and President and Treasurer of the Baptist Convention of Michigan. For 25 years he served as the Chaplain of the Asylum for the Insane in Kalamazoo. Putnam was a Republican from the founding of the party, and served as the alderman and Mayor of Ypsilanti.

He received an honorary L.L.D. from the University of Michigan in 1897, and published the following titles during his career: Primary and Secondary Public Education in Michigan;  Elementary Psychology;  A Text-Book of Psychology;  Outlines of the Theory and Art of Teaching;  History of the Michigan State Normal School;  Twenty-five Years With the Insane;  Sunbeams Through the Clouds;  A Geography of Michigan;  A Manual of Pedagogics;  A Sketch of the Michigan State Association.

Putnam died at his home in Ypsilanti on July 29, 1906.

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Scope and Contents

The Daniel Putnam papers include materials from approximately 1849 to 1948 that document the career of Michigan State Normal College professor and President Daniel Putnam. Materials include records produced by Putnam as a professor and an administrator, as well as records regarding his legacy on campus.

The Daniel Putnam papers have been arranged into two series:  Educational materials and  Publications and Scrapbooks. Additionally, there are three folders that contain Putnam's biographical materials and obituaries, clippings, and materials related to his role on the City of Ypsilanti Common Council.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 September 4

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • College administrators
  • College presidents
  • Michigan State Normal College

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Collection Inventory

Biographies and Obituary 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 1

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Clippings 1909-1948 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 2

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City of Ypsilanti Common Council Proceedings 1887-1889 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 7

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Educational materials 1853-1899 

Educational resources 1853-1899 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 3

Indian Education 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 4

Teaching materials 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 5

Michigan State Teachers Association 1868-1877 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 6

Events and Programs 1890-1902 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 8-9

Barry's Analysis and Parsing Book 1871 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987838)   1 10

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Publications and Scrapbooks 1849-1903 

Papers and Speeches 1851-1903 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987846)   2 1

 1849 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987846)   2 2

 1858-1872 


    Box Volume
Mixed materials (32307023987879)   6 1
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987846)   2 3

 1875 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987846)   2 4

 1878 


    Box Volume
Mixed materials (32307023987622)   3 1

 1886 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987846)   2 5

 1887 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987846)   2 6

 1889 


    Box Volume
Mixed materials (32307023987820)   4 1

 1889-1891 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023987846)   2 7

 1895 


    Box Volume
Mixed materials (32307023987853)   5 1

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