MS 304 Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam Collection

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Putnam, Jean-Marie Consigny
Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam Collection
MS 304
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1937-1982
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection contains books on gardening written by Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam, as well as an additional manuscript on trees and correspondence with historian Carol Greentree.

Preferred Citation

Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam Collection, MS 304, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in 1911 as Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam was a San Diego resident who wrote about gardening with particular interest in the Southern California region. She wrote four books on the subject. Putnam was married three times. In the early 1940s she was married to George Palmer Putnam, grandson of the founder of the publishing firm bearing their name who was previously married to Ameila Earhart. During the early war years, Jean-Marie worked for an aircraft manufacturer in Pasadena and published books about gardening. After Putnam, she married economist George Asp.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains books on gardening written by Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam as well as a manuscript on La Jolla trees written for a history class. Additionally, there is correspondence between her and her friend, Carol Greentree, a historian of California gardens. Included in the correspondence is a copy of a letter Putnam wrote to botanist David Fairchild in 1938. The collection includes all four books written by Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam, and one book on Death Valley written by her ex-husband, George Palmer Putnam.

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The collection is arranged in two series:

Series I: Personal Papers and Writings;

Series II: Published Books.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection August 22, 2016

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was donated by Carol Greentree, who received the materials from Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam. Ms. Putnam also donated a copy of “La Jolla’s Parks.” Ms. Greentree donated the collection, along with her own files and those of Helen Chamlee, to the San Diego History Center as all three focus on botany and gardening.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Frank Sweeney in 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.)
  • La Jolla (San Diego, Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Fairchild, David, 1869-1954


  • Backyard gardens
  • Flowers
  • Gardening
  • Parks
  • Rose gardens
  • Trees
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Victory gardens

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: Personal Papers and Writings

Biographical Information, 2004 1:1
California History Nugget—“Four California Gardens,” 1937 1:2
Correspondence with Carol Greentree, 1982 1:3
La Jolla’s Parks (original), 1982 1:4
La Jolla’s Parks (copy), 1982 1:5

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 Series II: Published Books

Gardening for Fun in California, 1940 1:6
Science in the Garden, 1941 1:7
Who’s Zoo in the Garden, 1941 2:1
Gardens for Victory, 1942 2:2
Death Valley and Its Country, 1946 2:3

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