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Finding aid of the Muiriana Collection
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Series I: John Muir Correspondence, Notes, and Post-mortem Materials, 1864-1915

 

I.1.1: John Muir to “Dear friend Emily [Pelton],” handwritten letter regarding personal acquaintances, brief mentions of examining botanical specimens and Muir’s intention to study medicine. Fountain Lake, WI. February 27, 1864.

 

I.1.2: John Muir to unknown, handwritten letter of condolence. Oakland, CA. January 13, 1874.

 

I.1.3: John Muir to Clara Barrus, typed letter and mailing envelope. Letter mentions personal acquaintances and relates a short humorous “geological story” about Independence Lake, which Ms. Barrus had asked about. Martinez, CA. April 14, 1910.

 

I.1.4: Two letters from John Muir to Francis George. Letters discuss the purchase of land. April 17,1906 and November 15, 1906.

 

I.1.5: World Trip (1903-1904) herbarium plant lists and notes

 

I.1.6: Newspaper clippings. “Muir’s Estate Quarter Million” January 19, 1915 “Reminiscences of John Muir are Told” 1914

 

I.1.7: Strentzel letters. Louisiana Strentzel to “Brother Jack” A.J. Erwin from Alhambra December 14, 1882, and John Strentzel to “Brother” December 4, 1866. Both letters discuss life, their daughter Louie, etc. Photocopy

 

I.1.8: John Muir inscription/letter in book probably to “Mrs. C. Stevens” July 10, 1902. Photocopy

 

I.1.9: John Muir to Mrs. Swett (from Palm Springs, Cal) June 13, 1905. Photocopy

 

I.1.10: Two letters from John Muir to Mrs. John Bidwell, c. summer 1900. Photocopy

 

I.1.11: Various lists of books from John Muir's personal library.

 

I.1.12: John Muir to Duncan Sterling in Meaford, Canada, January 30, 1870. Original owned by Scott Cameron 1998

 

I.1.13: Correspondence between John Muir and John Daniel Runkle, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1871-1872. Includes a letter from Runkle to his wife, and two more to Runkle from S. Kneeland and Whitland Reid. All concerning Runkle’s visit to Yosemite in 1872. Items copied from Runkle Papers at MIT in 1989. May not be reproduced without permission of MIT’s Institute Archives.

 

I.1.14: 11 Correspondence from John Muir to Mary Francis Kellogg, 1912-1914.

 

I.1.15: 18 Correspondence between John Muir and Newton Family members (Ambrose, William, and Mary Elizabeth Newton) 1863-64 and 1906-1913, and 5 correspondence not with Muir. Including, Sherry Hanna, Mrs. Van Dyke, Mr. Sell, William Bade, Elizabeth [Bade?] 1916-1955. Obituary for Emily Pelton 1925, Mary Newton Diary that includes a John Muir drawing of a chair with a mechanical device. Donated by Elizabeth Newton Williams 2013

 

I.1.16: “Death of a Yosemite Bear” 4 page manuscript by John Muir (transcription included)

 

Series II: Muir Family Genealogy

 

II.1.1: Obituaries. John Muir, Daniel Muir, Wanda Muir Hanna, David Gilrye Muir, Jean Hanna Clark, Ross Hanna

 

II.1.2: Mary (Muir) Blackley (circa 1793-1866) and her American descendants. Compiled by Roberta M. McDow, 2003. Comprehensive 54-page booklet on the genealogy of the only known sibling of Daniel Muir, John Muir’s father.

 

II.1.3: Elmwood Cemetery. Correspondence between Janene Ford (UOP Archives Coordinator) and Richard Stewart (Elmwood Cemetery historian) regarding the burial place of Daniel Muir and two of his infant grandchildren. Includes photos of headstone purchased by Muir-Hanna Trust. 2003-2004.

 

II.1.4: Louisiana Strentzel Diary 1850/51, 1868, 1871/72, 1877/79. Diary entries by John Muir’s mother-in-law from time that Strentzel’s settled along the Merced River, through the families move to the Alhambra Valley (later John Muir’s Home in Martinez) in 1853 until engagement of their daughter Louie Strentzel to John Muir. Diary entries consist mostly of weather and the day-to-day life of a farming family in California. Also includes note on provenance of diary by James Gaines.

 

II.1.5: Strentzel, John T. Autobiography. Notes on early life in Europe and experiences in Texas; overland journey to California, 1849; earliest experiences in California including various ventures in Stanislaus Co.; establishment of his home near Martinez. C.1888 Copy of transcript; original at Bancroft Library.

 

Series III: Photography

 

III.1.1: Photographs in which John Muir appears.

 

III.1.2: Muir related photographs (Alhambra Valley)

 

Series IV: Other Material

 

IV.1.1: “Sundown Song” Henry Parker music set to John Muir’s words

 

IV.1.2: “What I Know about John Muir” by Peter L. Trout, 1915. Original owned by Scott Cameron 2008

 

IV.1.3: Books owned by John Muir. Various lists of books that were owned by Muir that can be found in different repositories.

 

IV.1.4: John Muir stamps "first day of issue," April 29, 1964

 

IV.1.5: Eight Alaskan and African carvings

 

IV.1.6: Photographs of Daggett, California (circa 1995) by Peter Wild. Includes annotations relating the photographs to Muir's connection with Daggett.

 

IV.1.7: Screenplay: Dominion by Maryedith Burrell and Alan Duncan Ross (1993)

 

IV.1.8: Three Women Who Influenced the Life of John Muir by Linnie Marsh Wolfe; radio talk on KGO, April 17, 1938

 

IV.1.9: The Four Johns of Contra Costa ; typescript, 7 pages, n.d.

 

IV.1.10: Focusing on Photography: An Analysis of John Muir’s Photography Collection ; 40 page report by Amanda Zimmerman, COP student

 

IV.1.11: Muir’s Mountain Travels in Yosemite [1868-1875] by Toshiaki Yoshino, 2005. Approx. 100 pages. Contains detailed notes on places that Muir visited throughout Yosemite and the Sierra along with references, maps, and photographs.