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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
    Title: Carroll De Wilton Scott Collection, 1909-1964
    creator: Scott, Carroll De Wilton, 1878-1970
    Identifier/Call Number: LA.2010.800
    Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1964
    Abstract: 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.

    Scope and Contents

    Series I (approximately one-quarter of the collection) contains six volumes of nature diaries written by Scott from 1909 to 1949. The diaries are primarily manuscript. They record detailed personal observations of nature, including species lists and descriptive prose. The diaries also contain reflections on topics such as the future of humanity, historical information, and miscellaneous personal records on topics such as finances and progress on writing projects. A separate volume contains a cumulative typescript index prepared by the author. The series also includes manuscript and typescript lists of wildflowers in bloom and seeds collected at Scott's home in Pacific Beach, CA, from 1955 to 1957.
    Approximately half of the collection (Series II) consists of various collections of poetry, children's stories and songs, reflections, and descriptive prose written by Scott. The documents are primarily typescript with manuscript notations by Scott. The collections were prepared, bound, and indexed by the author. This series also includes looseleaf typescript writings (e.g., "Summary of Mankind," 1945-1953), copies of publications that contain a poem or story written by Scott, lists covering topics such as Scott's literary output, and collections of source articles with notations by Scott.
    Series III contains other materials collected by Scott, including miscellaneous nature articles, illustrations, and newspaper clippings. A letter of donation by his son, Robert S. (Bob) Scott, with autobiographical and biographical material, is included with this series.


    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.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment. Contact the Research Library Director, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright may be reserved. Consult the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library Director for more information.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated to the San Diego Natural History Research Library by Robert S. Scott in November 2003.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Carroll De Wilton Scott Collection, 1909-1964. San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library, San Diego, CA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Natural history literature--Study and teaching.
    Natural history--California.