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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Muiriana collection
    Dates: 1864-2004
    Collection number: MSS 307
    Creator: Muir, John, 1838-1914
    Collection Size: 1 foot
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
    Stockton, California 95211
    Abstract: This collection contains original personal correspondence, notes and photographs of John Muir and materials related to Muir family genealogy from various identified and unidentified donors.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Muiriana collection. MSS 307. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Naturalist, author, conservationist. Considered a precursor of environmentalist movement. Through his numerous books and articles, which emphasize importance of wilderness experiences to cultivation of spiritual values and maintenance of high-quality civilization, Muir brought appreciation of natural environment to national consciousness. Instrumental in creation of National Park system, Muir was directly involved in creation of Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, and Mt. Rainier parks. He later founded Sierra Club (1892).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection was created by Holt-Atherton Special Collections with Muir-related items that have been acquired from various sources. It contains original personal correspondence, notes and photographs of John Muir and materials related to Muir family genealogy, and other documents related to Muir. The genealogy materials include information on the burial place of John Muir’s father, Daniel Muir, as well as a family history on Daniel’s sister, Mary (Muir) Blackley. The photographs series contains photographs in which John Muir appears and photographs that do not have John Muir in them, but are in some way associated with him.


    Collection is arranged into four series: I. John Muir Letters; II. Muir Family Genealogy; III. Photographs; IV. Other Material.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Muir family
    Strentzel family
    Sierra Club
    Environmentalism - West (U.S.)