The Carroll De Wilton Scott Collection, ca. 1900-1964, consists primarily of nature writings of Scott, including diaries,
poetry, children's stories and music, reflections, and descriptive prose. A smaller part of the collection includes articles,
clippings, and illustrations collected by Scott.
Carroll De Wilton Scott was a naturalist, educator, and prolific writer of poetry, stories, reflections, and articles about
the natural world. Scott was born on December 2, 1878 in Stevenville, Texas, and moved with his parents to San Diego county
in 1882. He graduated from Stanford University in 1902 and lived for one year in Nevada; he taught history briefly in San
Mateo before taking up farming in Pacific Beach. In September 1910, he married Edith Mills and began teaching. He worked in
the San Diego County public school system from 1914 to 1934, first as a teacher and later as Supervisor of Natural Study.
He served as the first Director of Education for the San Diego Natural History Museum from 1920-1921, and for many years,
he wrote weekly California nature articles for local newspapers. His publications include Manual of Nature Education for San
Diego Elementary Schools (1927), Finding Real Fairies (1945), Looking for California Condors (1945), Story of Southern California
Wildflowers (1955), Here's Don Coyote (1956), and California Nature Poems (1957). He died in San Diego on April 2, 1970.