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Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946



  • Existence: 1860-08-14 - 1946-10-23



Ernest Thompson Seton was an illustrator, author, naturalist and storyteller.

Seton was born in Scotland, but moved with his family to Canada in 1866, where he developed his interest in wildlife and Native American peoples. In the 1880's Seton spent time in New York City, researching animals at the American Museum of Natural History, where he did many of his wildlife drawings. Seton later moved to Connecticut where he founded the Woodcraft League, a precursor to the Boy Scouts; he was also chairman of the founding committee for the Boy Scouts of America.

From biographical note for Seton's archive collection at the American Museum Natural History Museum Archives, Mss .S41-.S42 , written by Ann Herendeen.



Found in 57 Collections and/or Records:

Camping Among the Indians

Identifier: Film Collection no. 22
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH-Woodcraft Indian Trip to the Southwest, 1927. The AMNH Woodcraft Indian trip was led by Ernest Thompson Seton, the author, and George Clyde Fisher (AMNH curator of visual instruction). The film depicts a variety of dances (the buffalo, hood, war, eagle, corn, deer and snowbird) performed by Indians of the Tesuque, Taos, Acoma and Santa Clara Pueblos. Fisher also filmed other activities of the local people during the trip, most notably an intertribal ceremony in Gallup,...
Dates: 1927

[Chipmunks] / LR "Ernest E. Thompson"

Identifier: Art Survey No. 198
Scope and Contents

Two chipmunks on branch. Frame: Black painted wood, glazed.

Dates: 1880-1900

Ernest Thompson Seton Paintings collection

Identifier: Archives Orn54
Scope and Contents

Pencil sketch with tail feathers, wash drawings, and lithographs.

Dates: circa 1890-1900

Greeting Cards, 1914 - 1922

 Item — Box: mss 1, Folder: 10
Scope and Contents

Greeting cards sent from the Seton family containing artwork and photographs.

Dates: 1914 - 1922

John G. Samson photos of illustrations from "The Worlds of Ernest Thompson Seton"

Identifier: PPC .S26
Scope and Contents

Images from the book, "The Worlds of Ernest Thompson Seton".

Dates: undated

Letter and Poem, 1890 - 1891

 Item — Box: mss 1, Folder: 2
Scope and Contents

This folder contains personal correspondence consitting of two handwritten letters, one including a poem, sent from Paris. Recipient of letter not specified.

Dates: 1890 - 1891

Letter from J. L. Thompson (Father), 1896

 Item — Box: mss 1, Folder: 5
Scope and Contents

This folder contains a persona correspondence that is a photocopy of a letter from Joseph Logan Thompson (Seton's Father) to Seton discussing Seton's mothers health.

Dates: 1896

Letter to Mill, 1891

 Item — Box: mss 1, Folder: 4
Scope and Contents

This folder contains a persona correspondence that is a handwritten letter from Seton to Mill sent from Paris.

Dates: 1891

Letters to Rufus 1 and 2, 1890

 Item — Box: mss 1, Folder: 3
Scope and Contents

This folder contains personal correspondence consisting of a Handwritten letter from Seton to Rufus sent from Paris and a second handwritten letter from Seton to Rufus from Paris.

Dates: 1890