David Robertson Mount Talalpais Literary and Artistic Associations Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: David Robertson Mount Talalpais Literary and Artistic Associations Collection
Dates: 1873-1997, bulk 1988-1991
Collection Number: MS.1995.002
Creator/Collector: Robertson, David
Extent: .5 linear feet (1 document box)
Repository: Mill Valley Public Library
Mill Valley, California 94941
Abstract: Papers, photographs, research notes, and recorded interviews created by David Robertson, Ph.D., professor of English at University of California, Davis, on references to Mount Tamalpais in literature and art. Collection also includes a book, Real Matter, a book of essays about people who walk in the wilderness.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research. Original materials may be viewed with permission from staff. Digital copies of materials may be available. Materials in this collection do not circulate.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. David Robertson Mount Talalpais Literary and Artistic Associations Collection. Collection Number: MS.1995.002. Mill Valley Public Library

Biography/Administrative History

David Robertson is a Professor Emeritus at University of California at Davis. His areas of specialty include interdisciplinary study of ecology and literature, bioregion studies, literature of wilderness, the Bible as literature, and photography. He holds a B.A. from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, 1962; an M.A. from University of Toronto, Ancient Near Eastern Language and Literature, 1964; a Ph.D. from Yale University, Biblical Studies, 1966 and a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine, English, 1972.  

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains David Robertson’s research notes for various articles he wrote about references to Mount Tamalpais in art and literature. It contains bibliographies of related material, correspondence, two recorded interviews, research papers written by Robinson’s students and photographs taken by Robertson of a circumambulation of Mount Tamalpais in 1990. The collection also includes Robertson’s book of essays about people who walk in the wilderness, Real Matter.

Indexing Terms

Nature in art
Nature in literature
Nature in poetry
Ginsberg, Allen
Kerouac, Jack
Rexroth, Kenneth
Snyder, Gary
Whalen, Philip
Marin County (Calif.)
Mill Valley (Calif.)
Tamalpais, Mount (Calif.)