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Stuart H. Patterson papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-2612

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters, memoirs, photographs, annotated books, and other papers created and accumulated by Stuart Hayt Patterson, documenting his relationship with Ernest Thompson Seton and both men's experiences as ranch hands in New Mexico in the early 1890s. Highlights include drafts of Patterson's memoirs, featuring a chapter on Seton and the events that inspired Seton's book Wild Animals I Have Known (1898) and including rewrites by someone identified only as "Moore," letters from Seton and L. V. F. Randolph, annotated copies of Seton's books, and photographs of Patterson at various points in his life.

Dates

  • circa 1880-1963

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Stuart H. Patterson Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William Reese Co. on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2009.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged according to form or genre.

Extent

0.96 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.patterson

Overview

The collection consists of letters, memoirs, photographs, annotated books, and other papers created and accumulated by Stuart Hayt Patterson, documenting his relationship with Ernest Thompson Seton and both men's experiences as ranch hands in New Mexico in the early 1890s. Highlights include drafts of Patterson's memoirs, featuring a chapter on Seton and the events that inspired Seton's book Wild Animals I Have Known (1898) and including rewrites by someone identified only as "Moore," letters from Seton and L. V. F. Randolph, annotated copies of Seton's books, and photographs of Patterson at various points in his life.

Stuart Hayt Patterson (1871-circa 1954)

Stuart Hayt Patterson was born on 12 February 1871 in New York City, and grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey. He worked as a cowhand and lawman in Texas during the early 1890s. In 1893, Patterson befriended Ernest Thompson Seton while they were both working for the rancher L. V. F. Randolph, and the two remained lifelong friends. According to correspondence in the collection, the composite character of "the Dude" from Seton's autobiography, Trail of an Artist-Naturalist, was based in part on Patterson. Patterson returned to New York in 1894, and worked as an accountant and businessman, retiring as Vice President and Comptroller of the Guaranty Trust Company in 1940. He went on to write a memoir, which was never published, chronicling his time in the Southwest and his experiences with Seton.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a medium level of processing in 2009. Processing included removing typescript drafts from their binders and the framed photograph of Patterson on horseback from its frame, rehousing all material in acid-free folders and boxes, and arranging files according to format or genre. Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles were supplied by staff during processing.
Title
Guide to the Stuart H. Patterson Papers
Author
by Jennifer Meehan
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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Location

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New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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