Seton Resources

Seton Resources

The following institutions, listed alphabetically, 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.

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  The new exhibit opened on August 12, 2018, is the story of Lobo done as a graphic novel, with over 50 artists contributions.

Witt spearheaded a trip to Aylmer Lake, which was the focus of Seton’s 1907 2,000 mile canoe trip log Arctic Prairies. The trip is documented in the film “Ernest Thompson Seton and the Exploration of Canada’s Fabled Aylmer Lake” available to view at:

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.

Bronx Zoo Archives

The Bronx Zoo, originally called the New York Zoological Society, holds a small collection of fish, whale, and exotic animal sketches that have rarely been seen.

Bruce Museum

An exhibit of Seton’s Woodcraft activities was set up at the Bruce Museum from 1948 to 1981.  The collection is stored in the archive.

Canadian National Archives

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

Facebook Page: ET Seton Family Activities

The ET Seton Family Activities page provides information about lectures and events conducted from the Seton Family Legacy Initiative resources. It has links to the recently republished Seton autobiography.

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.

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.

Library of Congress

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

Smithsonian Archives

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.

National Scouting Museum and Seton Memorial Library

The National Scouting Museum has moved to Philmont Scout Ranch. The new facility will also house the Seton Memorial Library.  The grand opening was held on September 15, 2018.

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 National Scouting Museum and Seton Memorial Library in Cimarron, 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 Currumpaw, 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 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.