Frank W. Putnam, MD papers

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Reference code

MS 092

Level of description

Collection

Title

Frank W. Putnam, MD papers

Date(s)

  • 1943-1995 (Creation)

Extent

3 cubic feet (5 boxes)

Name of creator

(1917-2006)

Biographical history

Frank Putnam was born in New Britain, Connecticut, on August 3, 1917, to Austrian-born Franz and Henrietta Holzmann Poglitsch. His parents died of tuberculosis before he was three years old and he grew up in the New Britain Children's Home. Putnam was an excellent student in high school and was encouraged by a local bank manager, L. Marsden Hubbard. He changed his name around the time he left for Weslayan University in Middleton, Connecticut. He earned a BA in chemistry in 1939 and then an MA in 1940. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1942 and took a postdoctoral position at Duke University.

The Putnams left for Florida in 1955 to help found the University of Florida College of Medicine's biochemistry department. They stayed for ten years before moving on to Indiana University in Bloomington, to its new Division of Biological Sciences. In the 1970s and 1980s he made ten trips to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on behalf of ABCC/RERF.

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Scope and content

The Frank W. Putnam papers contains RERF board of directors correspondence and board meeting reports, budget draft proposals, electrophoresis article reprints, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Revisited”, medical dosimetry, assembly of life sciences, advisory committee meeting, meetings and conclusion of scientific council, genetic study conference, publications, and other material related to the work of Dr. Putnam. Collection consists of 5 boxes totaling 3 cubic feet of various paper material.

Subjects: ABCC, Cardiology. Baylor College of Medicine.

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Conditions governing access

No access restrictions. Open for research.

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

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Finding aids

A legacy finding aid is available.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Source is unknown. Assumed to be the creator.

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No accruals are expected for this collection.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Frank W. Putnam, MD papers; MS 092; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

Alternative identifier(s)

TARO

00214

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Archivist's note

Finding aid prepared by JoAnn Pospisil, April 1996.

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