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Tracy J. Putnam, M.D. Collection, 1938-1975.
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Series Description



Physical Description: (7 folders) .3 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

Notes on biographical entries in American Men of Science, 1948 and Who's Who in Psychiatry, 1949. A biographical data form for a 1948 application to the University of California at Los Angeles, presumably to consult at the medical facilities there, and a resume ca. 1949. Several narrative biographical statements from throughout the time Putnam spent in Beverly Hills, including a biographical sketch ca. 1956; a description of the Tracy J. Putnam Foundation, Inc. (ca. 1958), and a letter to Meyer Friedman (1961) detailing Putnam's career in research, invention and administration. A curriculum vitae from about 1958 is accompanied by a chronological bibliography of Putnam's publications, 1919-1961. A Los Angeles Times clipping (5/5/69) describes the awarding of the Dreyfuss Medical Foundation Award to Putnam for the discovery of an anti-epileptic drug.


Arranged chronologically.

II. PUBLICATIONS. 1941-1962.

Physical Description: (44 folders) .6 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

Putnam's curriculum vitae listed his 174 publications in chronological order, beginning in 1919. This series contains a nearly-complete set of offprints, reprints, and photocopies of publications #117 to 174, spanning the last two decades of his contribution to the medical literature.


Arranged chronologically.


Physical Description: 23.5 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

These records are mostly from Putnam's practice in neurological surgery in Beverly Hills starting in 1947; several cases date from his practice in New York. Each folder contains some or all of the following: patient case history notes, written in Putnam's hand; carbon copies of prescriptions; correspondence and consultations with referring and referred physicians; correspondence with patients and/or their families; record release requests and permissions from clinics and hospitals; electroencephalography (EEG), radiology, neurology, blood, and other medical test reports; payment claims; and life and casualty insurance claims regarding home, industrial and vehicular accidents.
EEG reports and sample brainwave traces corresponding to the delivery of various established and putative anticonvulsants are found predominantly in folders from the 1950's which bear the penciled inscription "drug studies." Correspondence with attorneys and written testimony for workman's compensation and disability claims and appeals are found chiefly during the 1960's. Pre-and post-operative photographs and slides accompany approximately ten cases; documentation of the surgical treatment of infantile hydrocephalus and myelomeningoceles forms the bulk of these photographic records (see Noteworthy Cases, below).


Arranged alphabetically.


Physical Description: 2.7 cubic ft

Scope and Content Note

Index cards (each 5" x 8") contain notes on services, fees, and payments pertaining to individual patients. Records were not matched against those in the Patient Examination and Treatment Records series.


Arranged alphabetically.


Physical Description: (3 folders) .3 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

Annual (1960-75) and quarterly (1970-75) federal unemployment tax returns and related forms filed for Putnam's employees.


Arranged chronologically.



I. Biographical Materials. ca. 1948-69

Box 1

Biographical Materials


II. Publications. 1941-62

Box 1

Bibliography, articles 1-39

Box 1

Bibliography, articles 40-81

Box 1

Bibliography, articles 82-116

Box 1

Bibliography, articles 117-174

Box 1

Publications, articles 117-174


III. Patient Examination and Treatment Records. 1938-75

Box 2

A: 168 folders

Box 3

B - Be: 176 folders

Box 4

Bi - Burk: 183 folders

Box 5

Burn - Cl: 184 folders

Box 6

Co - Davidson: 191 folders

Box 7

Davis - Ei: 192 folders

Box 8

El - Fra: 208 folders

Box 9

Fre - Gol: 190 folders

Box 10

Gom - Hal: 200 folders

Box 11

Ham - Hi: 195 folders

Box 12

Ho - Ji: 173 folders

Box 13

Jo - Kl: 197 folders

Box 14

Kn - Let: 198 folders

Box 15

Len - Map: 189 folders

Box 16

Mar - Men: 184 folders

Box 17

Mer - Ne: 203 folders

Box 18

Ni - Pes: 194 folders

Box 19

Pet - Ra: 175 folders

Box 20

Re - Rum: 212 folders

Box 21

Run - Shel: 186 folders

Box 22

Shep - Sk: 190 folders

Box 23

Sl - Thomas: 175 folders

Box 24

Thompson - Walker: 190 folders

Box 25

Wall - Wil: 194 folders

Box 26

Wim - Z: 131 folders


IV. Patient Payment Records. ca. 1938-75

Box 26-28

Patient Payment Records


V. Employer's Federal Unemployment Tax Returns. 1960-75

Box 29

Employer's Federal Unemployment Tax Returns