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William and Maymie Kimes

Bill and Maymie Kimes, with Muir bust  
  • William: 1907 - 1998      Maymie: 1909 - 2002
  • Authors and 50+ year collectors of John Muir memorabilia.
  • The Kimes made John Muir a life-time study. They spent decades tracking down Muir in libraries, bookstores, and antique-stores. They followed his footsteps climbing mountains in the High Sierra, and around the world.
  • William Kimes authored many articles about Muir, including conference proceedings such as the 1975 "John Muir's Dunbar" in John Muir: LIfe and Legacy (Stockton, CA: California Historian, 1975.
  • Maymie Kimes received the University of the Pacific's "John Muir Award" in 2001.
  • The Kimes Collection of John Muir, containing thousands of materials by or about Muir, is now held by the John Muir National Historic Site, acquired by the John Muir Memorial Association.
  • The Kimes are credited with reviving interest in John Muir in his birthplace of Scotland. When the Kimes visited Dunbar, Scotland, in the early 1970's, the townspeople there knew very little about their native son. The Kimes helped to bring awareness to the community, donating books and paintings, and encouraging the establishment of the John Muir Country Park and the birthplace museum in Dunbar.
Photograph of Bill and Mayme Kimes courtesy of Kimes Family collection.



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