Alice Putnam, who followed her father's career closely, recorded in her diary that, "Of all of his students and assistants Kroeber was one of the most faithful to F. W. Putnam." The relationship between Putnam and Kroeber over many years was always respectful and to mutual advantage. They complemented each other - the administrator on one hand and the researcher-teacher on the other hand. They always supported each other to the fullest extent, and together they established the science of anthropology in California.