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Brenda Putnam Illustrations

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 13 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Brenda Putnam (1890-1975) was an American sculptor author known for her garden figures and portrait busts. Like many artists of her time she did work under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Depression.

Edgar White Burrill was a literary critic and lecturer. He performed dramatic radio readings during the 1920s and 1930s, and wrote the play Master Skylark, about Shakespeare and his times.

Pilgrim's Progress (1678) is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is considered an important and influential work of English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Brenda Putnam Illustrations contains six original pen and ink illustrations for a children's edition of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, adapted by Edgar White Burrill. It is unclear whether the edition was ever published.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center is also the repository of the Brenda Putnam Papers.

Subject Headings


Bunyan, John, 1628-1688. -- Pilgrim's progress.
Burrill, Edgar White, 1883-
Putnam, Brenda, 1890-1975.


Allegories -- Pictorial works.

Genres and Forms

Drawings (visual works)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Brenda Putnam Illustrations,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unspecified, 1967.

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