Putnam Hall collection

Identity elements

Reference code

US US kmk U1999.1

Level of description



Putnam Hall collection


  • 1953-1995 (Creation)


3.00 Linear Feet, 4.00 Boxes

Post-Fire Oversize Boxes:
Boxes 1-4 (16.5x20.5); 509S: 19/5/3

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Administrative history

Construction of Southeast Hall was completed in 1952 and in 1961 it was named in honor of Irene Putnam who endowed the Putnam Scholarship program at K-State as a memorial to her late husband, Harry J. Putnam. The building was the third residence hall added to the dormitory complex in the northeast section of campus. Van Zile Hall (1926) and Boyd Hall (1951) are the other two halls.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

The scrapbooks, and related material, document the campus and dormitory activities of the residents of Southeast/Putnam Hall from 1953 through 1998 and contain photographs, newspaper clippings, invitations, programs, newsletters, information booklets, etc. Events covered in the albums include social activities (homecoming, dances, parties, holiday celebrations, etc.) and campus involvement of residents (queens, honors, athletics, etc.), as well as major happenings at KSU, such as the burning of Nichols Gym in 1968. The volumes were created and maintained by students in the hall (usually a historian) and donated to the University Archives in 1998.

System of arrangement

This collection is arranged in four boxes.

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

No access restriction: All materials are open for research.

Physical access

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

It received accession number U99.1.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Putnam Hall Residence Hall
Acqusition Method: Donation
Acqusition Date: 19980101

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Putnam Hall collection, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Alternative identifier(s)

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Description control element

Rules or conventions

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Sources used

Archivist's note

Processing Info: Archon processing by Edward Nagurny, graduate research assistant, April 2015.
Publication Date: 2015-04-01

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