Fonds SC 52 - Stuart L. Thompson fonds

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Stuart L. Thompson fonds

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CA ON00259 SC 52

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  • 1902-1961 (Creation)
    Thompson, Stuart Logan

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45 cm of textual records

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Stuart Logan Thompson was born 10 August 1885 in Toronto, Ontario. Like his uncle Ernest Thompson Seton, he was a naturalist who amassed an extensive of natural history specimens. He served overseas during the First World War having enlisted in Februrary of 1916 and was discharged by demobilization in June of 1919. His service file is available digitally from the Library and Archives Canada Database. He married Elizabeth Eleanor Miller on August 19, 1924. She is often referenced in his diaries as Eleanor.

Thompson served as president of the Toronto Field Naturalists Club. He published widely in the popular press and authored three books. He died 23 June 1961 in Toronto. The ROM holds 493 bird specimens collected by Thompson, the majority in Ontario, with some from Manitoba, New Mexico, Quebec, and British Columbia.

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The fonds consists of Stuart L. Thompson’s personal diaries in which he documents his daily life in the City of Toronto along with noting bird and mammal sightings. There are a number of special diaries documenting Thompson's various travels. The fonds also consists of bird sighting charts and of two items of Thompson’s correspondence. The fonds does not include two diaries documenting Thompson's overseas service during World War I.

Where specimens were collected, Thompson made a notation in his diary with a collection number. Several of the diaries have indexes of his collection at the back.

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  • English

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A finding aid is available in the Royal Ontario Museum's main Library & Archives

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University of Toronto President’s Report from 1963 p. 149 notes Stuart L. Thompson’s bequest of 172 specimens to the Museum.

The ROM holds 493 bird specimens collected by Thompson, the majority in Ontario, with some from Manitoba, New Mexico, Quebec, and British Columbia.

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Finding aid revised January 2016

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