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Seton Resources

Seton Resources

The following institutions have significant collections of Seton material.  Some of them have public displays and internet resources.  Others have collections that require appointments and may be open only to professional scholars.

Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library

Julia M. Seton, Seton’s wife and collaborator, contributed his personal library and many works of art to the Boy Scouts of America in 1965.  The material is housed at the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library in Cimmaron, NM.  Here you can see Seton’s classic painting, Triumph of the Wolves as well as the actual pelt of Lobo, the protagonist of Lobo, King of Currumpah, the lead story of Seton’s classic work, Wild Animals I Have Known.  The museum is open year-round, but each summer it is visited by thousands of Scouts as they arrive at Philmont for summer treks.

The Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library is currently closed for renovation.  It is expected to reopen in 2018.

Academy for the Love of Learning

The Academy for the Love of Learning, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Fe, owns the site of Seton Castle.  They have an extensive collection of Seton art and artifacts in their Seton Gallery and Library, which are open twice monthly and by appointment. .   David Witt, curator of the Seton Legacy Project for the Academy maintains a blog at setonlegacyproject.blogspot.com/.  The current  exhibit regards Seton’s trek to northern Canada in 1907 and the expedition to Alymer Lake taken by David Witt, Patty Nagle, and Thomas Jagger in 2014.

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History has a special archive of Seton material, including the originals of the journals he wrote and drew in nearly very day of his adult life.

Canadian National Archives

The Canadian National Archives in Ottawa has an extensive collection of Seton material.

The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich

The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich, where Seton lived prior to relocating to Santa Fe, has an extensive collection on Seton.

The Seton Centre, Carberry, Manitoba

Carberry, Manitoba, where Seton spent some of his youth, has a small museum.  Also check out the Carberry Sandhills, home of The Sandhill Crane.

ETSJMS Facebook Page

The Seton Family Legacy Initiative is an information Facebook page with links to the recently republished Seton autobiography and a request for Eagle Scout recognition letter from the Seton family.  The page is managed by Julie Seton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has a variety of Seton material, including some photographs accessible online.

The National Scouting Museum

This museum, adjacent to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America in Irving, Texas, has exhibitions on a variety of topics, including the founders of Scouting, including Ernest Thompson Seton.  The story is also told in a multimedia presentation.

The following websites have additional special material related to Seton:

Lasting Impressions:  The Private Presses of New Mexico

This is an exhibition on The Private Presses of New Mexico organized by the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.  A section of the exhibition (and its related website) is devoted to the Seton Village Press.  The Press of the Palace of the Governor also published Bulletin in Bold Letters:  A Bibliography of the Seton Village Press.

The Setons at Home: Organizing a Family Biography

This fascinating website, featuring material written by Lucinda McKethan, Professor of English at North Carolina State University, tells the story of the Seton family’s authors, Ernest, Grace, Julia and Anya, in the context of their houses.

2 thoughts on “Seton Resources

  1. Robert Lipman

    I am interested to find if any of the thousands of drawings of animal tracks made by ETS are available on line or in a public repository. He describes the difficulties of reproducing animal tracks and says that the best way is to draw them. I read somewhere that he left many, many drawings of tracks somewhere (perhaps the University of Arizona) and likely many are in the notebooks you mentioned that are in the American Museum of Natural History (but probably not accessible to me). Are these drawings collected anywhere or otherwise readily accessible? Thanks.

    1. Julie Seton

      Robert,
      We are not aware of any drawings that are for sale at the moment, but we are not directly connected with the variety of collectors’ sites that might have something. Have you tried EBay?

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