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Accession Number: 81-014

Title

Professor John Wadland fonds. -- 1880-1976. -- 85 cm of textual records. -- ca. 50 photographs. -- 6 prints. -- ca. 100 slides. -- 1 compact disc.

Biography / History

John Wadland was born in 1943. He was educated at the University of Waterloo where he received his M.A. in history, and at York University where he received his Ph.D in the same subject in 1976. He joined the staff of the Canadian Studies Department of Trent University when it was created in the 1972-73 academic year. As of the 1995-96 academic year, Professor John Wadland was still teaching in the Canadian Studies Department at Trent.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor John Wadland before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of photocopies of the Ernest Thompson Seton papers from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Seton Museum, New Mexico. Also included are photocopies of articles about Seton and research notes for Professor John Wadland's thesis "Ernest Thompson Seton: Man in Nature and the Progressive Era, 1880-1915." Also contained within the fonds are original records and brochures, photographs, and slides.

Notes

Title based on the creator of the fonds.

The fonds was donated by Professor John Wadland.

The originals (of the photocopied Seton materials) are located at the American Museum of Natural History, New York and at the Seton Museum, Mexico.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Accruals to the fonds: 83-020.

For related records see: 85-005.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Folder

1. Photographs of Seton family, friends, acquaintances. Also includes photocopy maps of Manitoba and articles and stories by Maunsell B. Jackson

2. Idea file (a) - bibliographic cards E.T.S. current and contemporary works

3. Idea file (b) - Thompson family genealogy (cards)

4. Idea file (c) - Seton chronology 7 July 1894 - 19 June 1918 (cards)

5. Idea file (d) - bibliographies on obscure sources; genealogy. Includes original, and copy transcribed materials, citations, articles etc., by E.T.S., Julia M. Seton and others

6. Children's stories, 1890-1900 - photocopies

7. Children's stories, 1901-1905

8. Thompson Family correspondence - photocopies and typed transcripts, 1910-1948

9. Thompson Family correspondence - photocopies and handwritten transcripts, 1920-1943

10. Thompson Family correspondence - photocopies and handwritten transcripts, 1908-1938

11. Grace Gallatin Seton - miscellaneous correspondence - photocopies typed and handwritten transcripts, 1911- 1929. Includes carbon copy of original part of letter, 2 p., on Lake Court Apartment Hotel stationary and original typescript, 2p., "How Ye Good Knight Sir William de Mory Did Make Marry at a birthday and What Came Thereof.    

12. Julia Moss Seton - miscellaneous correspondence - photocopies and typed transcripts, 1947-1965

13. Chronological biography file used in thesis - photocopies and typed transcripts of correspondence, genealogical information, photocopy articles, John Wadland research notes, 1860-1890. File 1

14. Chronological biography file in thesis - contents as per folder 13, 1886-1901. File 1(a) (minus genealogical material)

15. Chronological biography file used in thesis - contents as per folder 14, 1897-1909. File 2

16. Chronological biography file used in thesis - contents as per folder 14 1902-1910. File 3

17. Chronological biography file used in thesis - contents as per folder 14, 1906-1921

18. Chronological biography file used in thesis - contents as per folder 17, 1911-1913. File 5.

19. Chronological biography file used ion thesis - contents as per folder 17, 1904-1914. File 6. Includes carbon copy (1911) schedule of Red Lodge Meetings

20. Chronological biography file used in thesis - contents as per folder 17, 1913-1920. file 7. Includes carbon copy (nd) of revised By-laws of the Woodcraft League Of America, Inc; original typescript Suggestions For Tentative Program for Little Lodge; and pasted pamphlet The Woodcraft League of America, Inc - What It Is and What it Does.

21. biographical articles of Seton - photocopies and typed transcriptions, 1897-1954        

22. miscellaneous biography - photocopies and typed transcriptions of correspondence, 1918-1948. research notes, nd

23. miscellaneous biography - photocopy and typed transcriptions of correspondence and excerpts from articles and letters, nd, 1938, 1955 - research comments

24. miscellaneous biography - Ernest Thompson Seton - photocopies and typed transcriptions of undated correspondence

25. miscellaneous biography - Ernest Thompson Seton Letterbook - typed transcription, 1897-1899

26. miscellaneous biography - Ernest Thompson Seton Letterbook - as per folder 25 1899-1901

27. miscellaneous biography - E.T.S. Journals - photocopies and hand transcripts, 1879-1893. Transcripts occasionally are Professor Wadland's summaries of Journal comments

28. Miscellaneous biography - photocopied and transcribed correspondence, 1884-1890

29. Miscellaneous biography - as per folder 28 1890-1900

30. Miscellaneous biography - as per folder 28, 1901-1906; clippings 1903

Box 2

Folder

1. miscellaneous biography - photocopied correspondence 1908

2. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1908

3. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1909

4. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1909

5. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 2, 1910

6. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1910

7. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1910

8. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1911

9. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1912

10. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1913

11. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1913

12. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 4, 1914 (includes 1 typed and annotate copy of letter received, Dec 1, 1914)

13. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1915

14. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 1, 1916

15. miscellaneous biography - photocopied correspondence 1917

16. miscellaneous biography - photocopied and transcribed correspondence, 1918-1921

17. miscellaneous biography - photocopied, transcribed and carbon copied correspondence, 1922

18. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 17, 1923 - includes original draft Constitution of the Woodcraft League of America, Inc. and related materials

19. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 17, 1924

20. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 15, 1925 - includes carbon copy Woodcraft League document "Scroll of the Little Lodge, 7th edition, 1925

21. miscellaneous biography as per folder 16, 1925

22. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 17, 1926 - includes original correspondence, May 1924

23. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 22, 1926 - includes typed translation of letter from Russian, April 1926

24. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 20, 1927 - includes original material on Woodcraft League

25. miscellaneous biography - photocopied and transcribed correspondence and carbon copy materials - financial statements, minutes, memoranda relating to the Council of Guidance of the Woodcraft League, 1927

26. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 25, 1928 - includes copy of letter sent, April 24, 1928, and original Boys' Week and Woodcraft material

27. miscellaneous biography - photocopied correspondence and article, 1928 ("An Appeal for a Square Deal" by A.M. Townsend)

28. miscellaneous biography - photocopied and transcribed correspondence and related material, 1929-1935

29. miscellaneous biography - as per folder 30, 1936-39 - files combined by T.U.A. - includes Seton's comments on his father, 1939, as transcribed by Professor Wadland

30. miscellaneous biography - photocopied and carbon copy correspondence, 1940-1943 - C.C.'s dated 1 July 1940 and 11 March 1942

31. miscellaneous biography - photocopied correspondence 1943-1945

32. Science-ethology - photocopies of articles written about Manitoba, 1883-1908 - includes offprint from The Auk Oct 1908, "Recent Bird records For Manitoba"

33. science-ethology - photocopied articles, transcribed correspondence, 1883-1910, 1974 - includes offprint "Fauna of Manitoba", 1909, British Association Handbook, Winnipeg, and "Sketch Map of Aylmer and Clinton - Golden Lakes" in the Arctic, 1908

34. science-ethology - photocopied articles, photocopied and transcribed correspondence, 1901-1920, 1968 Professor Wadland's note on file folder: "The nature faker controversy a landmark for Seton"

Box 3

Folder

1. science - Seton's biographical work in historical sequence, showing the historical/scientific context for his works on animal behavior photocopied articles and research notes, 1922-1974

2. science - "Seton's Science Methods" - photocopied articles, 2884-1920 - includes offprint from The Auk, April 1919, "On The Popular Names of Birds"

3. science- animals, A_L photocopied articles and correspondence, 1887-1913 - includes 1 carbon copy of letter written from Rome, Oct 6 1913, and one typed transcript on the "American Buffalo"

4. Science - animals M-Z photocopied articles and correspondence, transcribed article 1890-1912

5. science - "Seton on Zoos" photocopied and transcribed articles, correspondence, 1888-1924, 1961 - includes offprint of Seton article "The National Zoo at Washington ...", Smithsonian, 1902

6. Indians - photocopies and transcribed correspondence, carbon copy mss 1904-1914

7. Indians as per folder 6, with transcribed and original mss, 1910-1929

8. Indians mythology photocopied article 1915

9. materials relating to Thomas Hutchins' journal (Hudson's Bay Coo) - research notes and memoranda, photocopied and transcribed correspondence, 1891-1928 - includes typed copy of letter from Edward A. Preble to Mr. Christy, March 21, 1909

10. art and architecture etc. - photocopied and transcribed correspondence, articles and addresses, 1893-1925 - includes catalogue of E.T.S. exhibition "Wild Animals I Have Known", New York, 1899

11. art - British and European artists - photocopied articles, excerpts from directories etc

12. art - Julian's Academy (L'Academie Julian) - photocopied articles and research notes

13. art - articles on Canadian art, research notes, issue of Canadian Antiques Collection      

14. alphabetical correspondence and notes - A and B - includes research notes, photocopied articles and correspondence - A: 1919-1935, B: 1909-1913

15. alpha. correspondence and notes C,D,E contents as per folder 14 C: 1909-1933, D: 1908-1935, E: 1947

16. alpha. correspondence F,G, - contents as per folder 14 F: 1909-1941, G: 1939-1942

17. alpha. correspondence and notes Hamlin Garland research notes and chronology, photocopied and transcribed correspondence nd 1897-1932 and 1970's

18. alpha. correspondence and notes H contents as per folder 14 1909-1932

19. alpha. correspondence and notes W.T. Hornaday contents as per folder 17, nd 1889-1913, 1934 and 1970's

20. alpha. correspondence and notes I,J,L, - includes research notes, photocopied articles and correspondence, 1903-1928

21. alpha. correspondence and notes M,O contents as per folder 20 1908-1954

22. alpha. correspondence and notes P,R contents as per folder 20, 1910-1973

23. alpha. correspondence and notes - S and Charlotte Schreiber contents as per folder 20, 1900-1947

24. alpha. correspondence and notes - T,W,Y, includes research notes, photocopied articles and correspondence, 1909-1971

25. Woodcraft and nature study - practical woodcraft - photocopied articles by Seton, 1904-1909

26. Woodcraft and nature study - education and nature study - historical context for Seton's ideas - research notes and photocopied articles, 1902-1973

27. Woodcraft and nature study - philosophy of woodcraft - research notes, photocopied articles and transcripts, 1903-1924. Also contains Seton's The Brownie Wigwam - The Rules of the Brownies, 1921, Woodcraft League of America, and corrected original typescript by ETS of "Introduction to the Beast and Bird section of the volume on Nature Study"

28. Youth work - pre Boy Scouts research notes, clippings, photocopied articles and correspondence on Seton's Indians, camping etc, 1902-1913. Also contains corrected original typescript of constitution of "The League of Seton Indians", 1903; and original copy typescript of Seton's letter to W.T. Talbot of Boston Athletic Association, April 12, 1905, which is thought to be his first letter on camping

29. Youth Work - Boy Scouts pre 1910 - photocopied and transcribed correspondence, photocopied articles, research notes, 1906-1909

Box 4

Folder

1. youth work - Boy Scouts, 1910 - photocopies and transcribed correspondence, 1910, 1934-35. Also contains original typescript "The woodcraft Indians and Boy Scouts" research notes

2. youth work - Boy Scouts, 1911 - photocopied and transcibed correspondence, minutes of conference and photocopied article

3. youth work - Boy Scouts 1912 photocopied correspondence and article

4. youth work - Boy Scouts, 1913, 1914, 1915 - photocopied and transcribed correspondence; article; research notes 1913-1915, 1934-38

5. youth work Boy Scout, post 1915 - photocopied and transcribed correspondence, 1917-1943

6. youth work - Boy Scouts, post 1915 photocopied transcribed and original correspondence and related materials, 1925-40 research notes

7. youth work Boy Scouts, articles 1910-1915

8. youth work Boy Scouts important people photocopied articles, 1937-51 research notes

9. youth work - miscellaneous youth groups - photocopied correspondence and pamphlet material relating to the "Legion of Frontiersmen"; "Knights of the Holy Grail"; :The Brigade Boys"; and the "Knights of King Arthur", nd 1905-1911

10. youth work - Woodcraft League of America - miscellaneous - photocopied correspondence and extracts, original brochures, cards and carbon typescript of "Honours of the Lodge" and qualifications for various levels of League achievement 1922-27

11. youth work - Boy Scouts history important documents - photocopied and origninal materials relating to the Seton/Baden-Powell controversy; photocopy of Setons The American Boy Scout 1910 nd, 1910-41

12. youth work - Boy Scout miscellaneous - evidence for the sellout, 1910-1915 - photocopies of extracts on scouting by ETS nd, 1912 Corrected carbon typescript nd, "Part III - Patriotism - The Chief Dates in our American History

Box 5

Folder

1. Youth /work - Boy Scouts of America - history. Photocopied articles and correspondence, trial transcripts, clippings, nd. 1910-1970. Includes (originals) corrected typescript of interview "A History of the Woodcraft Movement"; copy (autographed) "History of the Scouting Movement"; type transcript of Seton's "History of the Boy Scouts, 1910-1915

Box 6

Folder

1. miscellaneous articles by Seton and correspondence regarding publishing activities - unpublished typescripts and manuscripts (1). Photocopied articles, transcripts, carbon and original typescripts of articles and plays, nd. 1886-1936

2. miscellaneous articles etc - unpublished typescripts and manuscripts (2). Contents as per folder 1, nd. 1903-1937

3. miscellaneous articles etc. - unpublished typescripts and manuscripts (3). Contents as per folder 1 nd. 1915

4. miscellaneous articles etc. - photocopied articles, nd. 1890-1910. Includes offprints from Proceedings of Canadian Institute, The Auk, and Journal of Mammalogy    

5. miscellaneous articles etc - Animal story (1) - photocopied articles by and about Seton and nature topics; clippings; transcripts and photocopied correspondence, nd. 1901-1969

6. miscellaneous articles etc - Animal story (2) - photocopied articles and correspondence, nd. 1895-1943

7. miscellaneous articles etc. - correspondence re: books and articles. Photocopies and transcripts 1897-1911

Box 7

1. Professor John Wadland's thesis on E.T.S. - Title page 10 page 164 (end of chapter 2) 1976

2. Thesis - chapter 3, p. 165-297

3. Thesis - chapter 4 p. 298-445

4. Thesis - conclusions and bibliography p. 446-528

Card file of some books in the Seton Library

Selected bibliography of works by and on Seton

Material added to Box 7 in June 2007 - received from John Wadland

Slides (ca. 100 slides in 5 boxes) - images of and by Ernest Thompson Seton;

Material added to Box 7 in April 2011 - received from John Wadland

One CD of images: the digitized images are derived from the slides noted above and from slides located in 83-020 Box 1.

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