Harvard University ID card issued to Philip Austin Putnam, 1942

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    Back of Philip Putnam’s ID card, 1942

    The back of this ID card includes a photo of Philip Putnam, as well as some basic descriptive information to help identify him.

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    Front of Philip Putnam’s ID card, 1942

    The front of this ID has signatures by Putnam and the “Secretary to the Corporation” and lists Putnam’s position.

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    A Worm's-eye view of Langdell, 1944, [Cambridge : Harvard Law School Library, 1944]

    This HLSL staff newsletter features staff-authored articles illustrating some of the changes at HLS during World War II.

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    Detail from A Worm's Eye View, 1944, page 2

    This is one of several staff caricatures included in the newsletter.

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    Philip Putnam, 1964

    This headshot of Putnam was taken just a few years before his retirement in 1969.

Accession no. 2018.10

This photograph identification card issued by the University and signed by the Secretary of the Corporation, provided clearance to Law Library Assistant Philip Putnam. Putnam began his career at the Library as a “stack boy” at age 16, where he was tasked with shelving and retrieving books from the shelves. He went on to earn a LL.B. from Northeastern University in 1927 and in 1931 was named assistant in the Law Library. He was later named reference librarian and, in 1946, assistant librarian in charge of the reference department, reading room, and stacks. He ended his fifty-year career at Harvard as associate librarian. Putnam’s portrait, commissioned after his retirement in 1969, is on view in the back of the fourth floor reference area.