Philmont Scout Ranch Document Archive

The Philmont Museums and Philmont Scout Ranch are very proud to introduce the new Philmont Online Archives!

post_DocArchivesAs with many successful projects, these archives are the result of years of creative foresight, dedication and labor, spanning over three decades. Beginning in 1980, Steve Zimmer, former Director of the Philmont Museum-Seton Memorial Library, foresaw the importance of collecting past and present Philmont program literature. The result is a formal archive now spanning 75 years. As the online age blossomed, David Setzer, Tom Wills, Al Thompson and others from the Patriots’ Path Council came to Philmont’s Director of Program, Mark Anderson, and proposed the idea to make these documents available online. For ten years the Watchu Organization with cooperation from the Philmont Museums, oversaw this project scanning and uploading hundreds of documents to the Watchu Website.

This summer, the Watchu Organization felt it was time for the Philmont Museums to take over the project. It was then that Philmont’s Marketing Manager, Bryan Hayek, took on the challenge to creative and implement the research friendly format you now can access at:

Over the upcoming years Philmont anticipates this archive growing dramatically to eventually include a sister archive containing articles and documents of the vibrant history which has happened in the Philmont country.

David Werhane, Philmont Museums Director, and Bryan Hayek, Marketing Manager

Seton Memorial Library Researcher?

Have you spent any time in the Philmont Museum-Seton Memorial Library?

Since 1967, thousands of Philmont participants, staff and visitors have enjoyed the exhibits, books and art found in the Philmont Museum-Seton Memorial Library. Some of you may have learned something new, retrieved an old memory or found inspiration to pursue an interest. However, some of you discovered that much needed piece of information, helping you succeed with creating your dissertation, book, article, report or documentary.

Who are you? We want to know!

As Philmont’s 75th anniversary rapidly approaches we are interested in the many ways the Philmont Museum has impacted your life. If you have utilized artifacts, literature or other records found in the Philmont Museum-Seton Memorial Library to help achieve your MA, MS, PhD or other educational and scholarly goals we’d like to hear from you.

Please contact the Philmont Museum Director at: or 575-376-1136.

Full-time Philmont Museum Director

The hiring process for a full-time Philmont Museum Director position has begun.

The Philmont Museum Director is responsible for the management, operation and programs of the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library, Kit Carson Museum and Rayado Historical District and the Villa Philmonte. The position also provides support to Philmont’s living history backcountry programs, backcountry program museums and the archeology efforts on the Ranch.

Qualified individuals interested in being considered for the Philmont Museum Director position are requested to submit a current resume by November 28, 2011. Details about the application process and a position outline at the link.

Hampton Sides at the Seton Library

Friday, July 17th at 6:30 PM

“In Blood and Thunder, Hampton Sides gives us a magnificent history of the American conquest of the West. At the center of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. Sides shows us how this illiterate mountain man understood and respected the Western tribes better than any other American, yet willingly followed orders that would ultimately devastate the Navajo nation. Rich in detail and spanning more than three decades, this is an essential addition to our understanding of how the West was really won.” ~ Random House

Mr. Sides will be presenting and signing copies of Blood and Thunder at the Seton Memorial Library at the Philmont Museum.hamptonSides