Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946

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Ernest Thompson Seton was an American writer, naturalist and outdoorsman.

From the description of Ernest Thompson Seton collection. [1931]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 676777117

Naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton was born Ernest Evan Thompson in northeast England, and raised in Canada; he changed his name at the age of sixteen to distance himself from his father. He apprenticed with a portrait artist, and spent a year in England studying at the Royal Academy of Art, but returned to Canada to work a homestead in remote Manitoba, exploring and studying nature. He continued to paint, and wrote realistic stories about animals, including the collection Wild Animals I Have Known, and became a popular lecturer. His great respect for nature and animals made him a key factor in founding the Boy Scouts of America. He became an American citizen in 1931.

From the description of Ernest Thompson Seton postal card to Michael M. Engel, 1941 Jan. 13. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70901358

English-born author, artist, and naturalist.

From the description of The birds that we see : annotated typescript, [19--]. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 53203934

Author, wildlife artist, and a founder of the Boy Scouts of America, author of "The Boy Scout Handbook."

From the description of Ernest Thompson Seton letter to [Edwin?] Markham [manuscript], 1926 May 26. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 781303514

His name by birth was Ernest Evan Seton Thompson, and he was born in South Shields, Durham, England on August 14, 1860. When he was six years old, young Seton moved with his father to a hundred acre estate in the heavy woodlands of Ontario, Canada, and time spent on that estate would have a profound impact on his later life. In 1892 he was appointed the official naturalist to the government of Manitoba, and founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, for six years he served as Chief Scout. In 1931 he became an American citizen and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1946. Of his writing Ernest Thompson Seton said "Some will say, however, that even granting the truth of all details, I have added an atmosphere, a feeling of human sensibility, that conveys a wrong notion of the animal's way of life. To this I reply: 'The subject of my first book, and indeed of all my books, was the personality of the individual animal. No man can write of another personality without adding a suggestion of his own. The personal touch may be the poison of science, but may also be the making of literature, and is absolutely inevitable. Biographical Source: Something About the Author.Volume 18, 1980.

From the description of Ernest Thompson Seton Papers undated. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 432980863

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 the description of Collection, 1879-1946. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 76832883

Naturalist, writer.

Seton was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America.

From the description of Correspondence, 1870-1960, 1890-1946 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155485405

His name by birth was Ernest Evan Seton Thompson, and he was born in South Shields, Durham, England on August 14, 1860. When he was six years old, young Seton moved with his father to a hundred acre estate in the heavy woodlands of Ontario, Canada, and time spent on that estate would have a profound impact on his later life. In 1892 he was appointed the official naturalist to the government of Manitoba, and founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, for six years he served as Chief Scout. In 1931 he became an American citizen and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1946. Of his writing Ernest Thompson Seton said "Some will say, however, that even granting the truth of all details, I have added an atmosphere, a feeling of human sensibility, that conveys a wrong notion of the animal's way of life. To this I reply: 'The subject of my first book, and indeed of all my books, was the personality of the individual animal. No man can write of another personality without adding a suggestion of his own. The personal touch may be the poison of science, but may also be the making of literature, and is absolutely inevitable.'"

Biographical Source: Something About the Author. Volume 18, 1980

From the guide to the Ernest Thompson Seton Papers, undated, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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creatorOf Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946. [Letter] 1926 July 30, Greenwich, Connecticut, [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, [Staten Island] / Ernest Seton. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
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referencedIn Autograph collection of American writers, 1808-1970. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
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referencedIn Autographed correspondence collection of British-Canadian writers, 1804-1954. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
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creatorOf Cassidy, Ina Sizer, 1869-1965. Ina Sizer Cassidy Collection 1915-1955. Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Cummings, Carlos E. (Carlos Emmons), 1878-1964. Papers, 1867-1964 (bulk 1895-1964). Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Carmen Quintana Collection, 1782-1958 (bulk 1860-1933) New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
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creatorOf Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946. Collection, 1879-1946. American Museum of Natural History
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associatedWith Austin, Mary Hunter, 1868-1934. person
associatedWith Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, Baron,1857-1941. person
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associatedWith Beard, Daniel Carter, 1850-1941. person
correspondedWith Bendire, Charles, 1836-1897. person
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associatedWith Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909 person
associatedWith Girl Scouts of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Grace (Gallatin) Seton, 1872-1959 person
associatedWith Hatt, Robert T. (Robert Torrens), 1902- person
associatedWith Henshaw, Samuel, 1852-1941 person
associatedWith Hornaday, William T. (William Temple), 1854-1937. person
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New Mexico
British Columbia
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Canada
United States
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Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
Science--Societies, etc
Natural history--Societies, etc
Indians of North America
Lion--Pictorial works
Girls--Societies and clubs
American literature--20th century
Naturalists--Correspondence
Animal behavior
Wolf hunting
Natural history--Field work
Boys--Societies and clubs
Animals--Pictorial works
Birds--Behavior
Natural history
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Authors, American--20th century
Authors, American
Naturalist
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Birth 1860-08-14

Death 1946-10-23

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