Biography and History

Samuel Putnam (1892-1950) was an American author, translator, and editor.

Source: From the finding aid for C0111


  • Editors -- France -- 20th century..
  • New Review Correspondence of Samuel Putnam. 1927-1933 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0111

    Samuel Putnam (1892-1950) was an American author, translator, and editor. The collection reflects the work of Putnam during the period he lived with his family in France, emphasizing his work as editor of The New Review. Correspondents include Ezra Pound, who served as associate editor for four issues, Richard Aldington, William Aspenwall Bradley, and Ford Madox Ford, as well as over 100 other literary and artistic figures.

  • Immanuel Velikovsky Papers. 1930-1979 (bulk), 1920-1996 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0968

    The collection consists of manuscripts, writings, correspondence (both personal and professional), photographs, works of others, microfilm, printed material, and film reels, spanning more than 50 years, concerning Velikovsky's controversial ideas, the books that he wrote, and the history of opposition and criticism from the academic community that he received following the publication of his first book, Worlds in Collision, in 1950. Colleges and universities threatened to boycott the textbook division of the publisher, Macmillan & Co., which led to the transfer of the publishing rights to Doubleday & Co., even though the book had reached the number one spot on the best-sellers list. The book was eventually banned from a number of academic institutions, and several people lost their jobs because of it.