Ernest Thompson Seton collection
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of unprocessed material: letters, papers, photographs and sheet music. According to biographical information, Seton's friends while working at the AMNH included ornithologist Frank M. Chapman; William T. Hornaday, the first director of the New York Zoological Park; and zoologist Elliott Coues.
Restrictions on Access
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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.
7.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Language of Materials
Organized into two series: S41. Papers and correspondence (4 boxes). S42. Photographs and sheet music (1 box).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Series S42; Transfer; Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College; 1989.
- Ernest Thompson Seton collection, 1879-1946
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- The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Minimal level collection record created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.
Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository
American Museum of Natural History
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