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Ernest Thompson Seton Collection

Summary Information
Title: Ernest Thompson Seton Papers
Dates: undated
Creator: Seton, Ernest Thompson
Extent: 2 items
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1550
Collection contains two pencil drawings.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Unidentified original art,

Biographical Sketch

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

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains two pencil drawings.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Unidentified original art  
Box MF 1157
pencil drawings (2 p.)  Box MF 1157