The Frederick Putnam Diaries digital collection includes 13 volumes that chronicles the life of early Muncie, Indiana resident Frederick Putnam, dating from May 1846 to January 1900. The diaries contain Putnam's reflections and observations of various events that occurred during his life.
Frederick Putnam was born February 11, 1818, in Charleston, New Hampshire. Much of his early life was spent in poverty. Attracted by the opportunities the West offered to young men, Putnam left New Hampshire in October 1838, eventually settling in Muncie, Indiana. During his time in Muncie, Putnam married, fathered four children, opened his own businesses, and served as the Delaware County Treasurer and Assistant Auditor. Putnam died January 18, 1901, at the age of 82.
Archives and Special Collections, MSS.002 Finding Aid