Scope and Content
Title: Brown (Mary Louise) Collection of Muiriana,
Date (inclusive): 1980-1982
Collection number: Mss216
Mary Louise Brown
Extent: 8.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Brown (Mary Louise) Collection of Muiriana, Mss216,
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Wolfe, Linnie Marsh (1881-1945)
Young, Samuel Hall
Muir, John (1838-1914)
Brown, Mary Louise
Forest conservation -United States
Nature conservation -United States
National parks and reserves -California
Alaska -Description and travel
California -Description and travel
Mary Louise Brown studied the life, works, and bibliography of John Muir for many years.
She seems to have intended to createa film or films about the great naturalist. Her
papers consistof many binders of notes, annotations of published texts by and about Muir,
illustrations and notes for original scenarios based on various periods of Muir's life.
Brown writes of her work, "I probably represent a lot of others hurrying too fast,
thinking that one day instead of a Gold Rush, there will be a Muir Boom! We do not give a
gift and tell others such as you folks here what to do with. I leave it freely now to you
all, to see what probably a lot of others are doing, too, besides myself...I was going to
turn to Living Free [animal shelter] as the non-profit organiztion for films---then to
Egolf for financing films. Both of these friends might be helpful to anyone in need of
financing films...I certainly did not feel prepared to ask for financial assistance. You
might be one day so that I hope these people can be of help."
Scope and Content
Series 1 consists of Brown's correspondence, notes and original writings. They were
arranged and packaged in binders by Ms. Brown. Many of the notes are Ms. Brown's
interpretation of John Muir's religious beliefs. The correspondence--virtually all of
which dates from between 1980 and 1982--is with film makers, the John Muir Papers
Microform Project, and with various university libraries. Brown apparently worked on two
original Muir scenarios which she hoped to see filmed. One of these pertains to Muir's
boyhood and youth while the other describes his first summer in the Sierra (1869). Both
scenarios combine text with appropriate illustrations drawn from a variety of sources.
Series 2 consists of Brown's expanded indices of works by and about Muir. Most of this
material brings together photocopies of all citations on a particular topic in a
particular text so that they may be examined simultaneously. Brown has expanded this
information with illustrations, definitions and miscellaneous supporting materials found
in other sources. Works so treated include: Linnie M. Wolfe's Son of the Wilderness; Rev.
Hall Young's Alaska Days With John Muir; and, Muir's own Collected Writings and Travels