Fonds 83-020 - John Wadland fonds. 1983 additions

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John Wadland fonds. 1983 additions

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    • 1890-1976 (Creation)
      Wadland, John

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    20 cm of textual records and other materials
    87 photographs
    10 slides
    7 audiocassettes

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    Professor 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.

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    This fonds was collected and created by Professor John Wadland before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

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    This addition to the fonds consists of photocopies of correspondence of Anya Seton; a play called the "Rufus letters" 1890; a manuscript of a play; and an unpublished autobiography. The fonds also contains original manuscript and typescript articles by Elise Thompson including an interview, biographical notes and photocopies of articles on Seton. There are also photocopies of letters and documents pertaining to Seton's relationship with Grace Seton. As well in 1992 an inventory list was added of all Seton paintings in Philmot Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico, including an inventory of Seton paintings in the Smithsonian as well as correspondence regarding a Seton painting.

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    This fonds was donated by Professor John Wadland.


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        The originals of the photocopied Seton materials are located at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the Seton Museum, Mexico, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. and the Philmot Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico.

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        For related records see: 85-005 and 89-012.


        Accruals to this fonds include 81-014 and 02-010.

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        Box 1

        Six folders of original and copy correspondence by and about Seton and various members of his family. Some correspondence concerns Anya Seton, Grace Seton.

        One folder containing 82 photos of Seton, his works of art, family members.

        Seven tape recordings

        Ten colour slides depicting the remains of the original Seton homestead in Ops Township, Lindsay, Ontario (Note: these slides may also be included in digitized format on a CD received from John Wadland in April 2011; the CD is located in 81-014 Box 7).

        Photo List

        1. Library at Seton Castle

        2. Grace Gallatin Seton in late 40's, early 50's

        3. Lake at DeWinton

        4. Anya Seton at 18

        5. Drawing for Century Dictionary

        6. W.G. Schreiber, Charlotte Schreiber's husband

        7. Anya in Indian dress (on right) at DeWinton, age 18

        8. map made from memory in 1930 of Toronto and Harbour

        9. map of Manitoba made in 1890

        10. plate of horse from Art Anthony of Animals (1896)

        11. Seton portrait- 1938/40 from College of Indian Wisdom Brochure

        12. caricature of contemporary naturalists and animal artists

        13. Plate of animal from Art Anatomy of Animals

        14. Seton's signature with wolf paw (large) wolf paw also found on his cheques

        15. colour painting, nd

        16. photo of Seton's Journals from the Museum of Natural History, N.Y.

        17. self portrait in oil (1890-1896)

        18. Grace Gallatin in New York women's group

        19. Painting - note post-impressionist style

        20. Seton in 1920s

        21. Figure drawing from Julian's Academy

        22. Grace on horseback at Yellowstone park (1898)

        23. Mock-up of "Await in Vain"

        24. DeWinton property in Carberry Hills (1892)

        25. Illustration from G.B. Grennell article

        26. Selwyn, member of Geological Survey

        27. Stamp with P. Johnston head

        28. Drawing

        29. Drawing from Art Anatomy - note folds of fur

        30. Grace and Seton at DeWinton in 1920's

        31. Drawing from Lives of Game Animals

        32. Gardner's house at Wyndgoul (1902-12)

        33. Grace at DeWinton

        34. Bronze bust of Seton at Seton House

        35. Illustration - note signature - Thompson

        36. Illustration of Wm Hornaday's monograph on buffalo (at Smithsonian)

        37. Grace on horseback in Yellowstone Park

        38. Seton portrait (at Seton Village)

        39. Historic plaque with Beulah's children

        40. Grace pre 1912

        41. Anya in Indian costume (the name Anyuteeka was given her by Charles Eastman)

        42. Self-portrait (1833, done in Manitoba)

        43. Illustration

        44. Julia Moss Buttree Seton with harpsichord in 1940s

        45. Julia in 1930s (as Dean of the College of Indian Wisdom)

        46. DeWinton in late 1920s

        47. Mockup for painting of Franklin squirrel

        48. Charlotte Schreiber's painting of University College U of T 1876

        49. Reproduction from plate (John has original plate)

        50. Drawing of peacock's train

        51. Figure drawing from Juilian's Academy in 1890s

        52. Seton in 1923

        53. Drawing from Art Anatomy of Animals

        54. Tyrell - see thesis for info

        55. Drawing from Art Anatomy of Animals

        56. Illustration from GB Grennel article

        57. Mock up of drawing from Lives of Game Animals

        58. Drawing of wolf (mock-up for tainting) 1896 which he gave T. Roosevelt

        59. Drawing for Grennell article

        60. Drawing of mule deer

        61. Charlotte Schreiber sitting on steps of house with friends, 1880's

        62. Anya

        63. Young Anya

        64. Young Grace at time of marriage

        65. Grace in suffragette uniform

        66. Seton with Indian Council Circle either at DeWinton or Wyndygoul

        67. Map of Manitoba (1905) with changes - see difference of 1890 map

        68. Drawing from Art Anatomy of Animals

        69. DeWinton or Wyndygoul

        70. Leaping wolf from 1896 painting that was hung in Paris Salon and now in AGO

        71. Log cabin at Wyndygoul where Seton retreated to write

        72. Seton at Wyndygoul

        73. Julia in 1960's with wolf painting

        74. Naya in teens

        75. Invitation to Frank Powers, 1897

        76. Charlotte Schreiber's painting - "Springfield on the Credit"

        77. Page from Seton's journal

        78. N.Y. Herald clipping, 1903, of Seton Indian movement

        79. Drawing from Century Dictionary

        80. Portrait of Seton 1915

        81. A.A. Anderson, American painter with whom Seton shared a studio

        82. Anya (on right) with maid

        Box 2

        This box contains a typescript of Prof John Wadland's Ph.D. thesis on Seton. This was returned to Prof Wadland in1986 (there is another copy in the collection)

        Additions added July 1992:

        1) inventory list of all paintings by E.T. Seton in Philmot Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico

        2) inventory of Seton paintings in National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Inst. Washington, D.C.

        3) correspondence re: Seton paintings

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