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, New Mexico, owns the site of Seton Castle.  They have a large collection of Seton art and artifacts in the Seton Gallery and Library, which is open by appointment. David Witt, curator of the Seton Legacy Project for the Academy maintains a blog at setonlegacyproject.blogspot.com/.  New exhibits typically open in mid-August to celebrate Seton’s birthday.

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:  https://vimeo.com/237804142

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History’ Special Collections Department has an archive of Seton materials including the originals of the journals he where he kept notes and sketches of his daily adult life. Some of the journals are available online.

Bronx Zoo Archives

The Bronx Zoo, originally called the New York Zoological Society, holds a small collection in their archives 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.

Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich

The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich, where Seton lived prior to relocating to New Mexico, 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.

National Scouting Museum and Seton Memorial Library

Julia M. Seton, Seton’s wife and collaborator, contributed his personal library to the Boy Scouts of America in 1965.  The collections can be seen at the National Scouting Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico. Here, you can see Seton’s controversial large-format painting, “Awaited in Vain” (aka “Triumph of the Wolves), the actual pelt of Lobo, the wolf  protagonist of the story “Lobo, King of Currumpaw”, found in Wild Animals I Have Known, and a copy of his personal journals. The museum is open year-round, and each summer it is visited by thousands of Scouts as they arrive at Philmont for summer treks.

Smithsonian Institute

Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum holds nearly 100 bird and animal specimens collected by Seton. Their archive holds the specimen’s corresponding documentation and correspondence.

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 MacKethan, 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.