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University of the Pacific

Since 1970, the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, has been the repository for the John Muir Papers, and much of Muir's personal library. In 1980, the University began a five-year project to gather and publish all extant Muir correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and illustrations. The project culminated in a microfilm/microfiche edition of Muir's papers. Published as The John Muir Papers, 1858-1957, located in forty repositories throughout the United States, researchers now have access to the Muir Papers by using this microform collection.

The University of the Pacific hosted the first academic conference on John Muir in 1980, and has hosted additional Muir conferences about every five years thereafter. The last John Muir conference was held in April, 2010. The one before that was the John Muir Conference held in March/April, 2006. Several books resulting from the papers presented at these conferences are annotated in our Historical and Literary Analyses section of our John Muir Bibliography, wth the most recent noted below.

Today, the University of the Pacific continues to host several programs related to John Muir:

  • John Muir Center for Environmental Studies
    The Center facilitates scholarly research on John Muir, and sponsors symposia and publications, including the John Muir Newsletter and a monograph series about John Muir.
  • John Muir Newsletter - the quarterly newsletter published by the John Muir Center containing articles, book reviews and news of interest to Muir scholars.
    We host online a number of articles from back issues of this outstanding publication. Subscriptions are available for only $15.00 per year.
  • John Muir Collections, repository for the John Muir Papers - Holt-Atherton Library, University of the Pacific (off-site link)
    The John Muir Papers include correspondence, journals, notebooks, unpublished and published manuscripts, miscellaneous notes, sketches and photographs. Muir's unpublished writings remain the literary property of the Muir-Hanna Trust and are protected by copyright.
    • Limbaugh, Ronald H. and Kirsten E. Lewis, editors, The John Muir Papers, 1858-1957 MICROFORM, With accompanying Guide (Alexandria, Virginia: Chadwyk Healey, 1986).
      With 40 copies in libraries throughout the United States, and available to scholars through interlibrary loan, this is the complete collection of all extant Muir correspondence, manuscripts, journals, sketchbooks, notes, and pictorial works.
    • Article: John Muir's legacy showcased at University of the Pacific
      By Anthony Cusumano <cusumano@tracypress.com> , Lodi News-Sentinel - Lodi,CA,USA (February 1, 2005)
      STOCKTON -- Just as John Muir dedicated his life to preserve Sierra Nevada treasures such as Yosemite Valley, officials at the University of the Pacific try to do the same to his legacy. The university's Holt-Atherton Special Collections department has nearly 17,000 items in its "John Muir Papers" collection.
    • John Muir's Personal Library - 700 books that belonged to John Muir, many with his notes and annotations, available to researchers (offsite link)
    • James Eastman Shone Collection of Muiriana - a collection of family papers, photos and memorabilia passed down from John Muir's sister Sarah Muir Galloway, at the Holt-Atherton Library at University of the Pacific. (offsite link)
    • Watch Video of John Muir Collection at the Holt-Atherton Library, including an interview of librarian Shan Sutton. This episode of "Rob on the Road" by KVIE Public Television (PBS affiliae in Sacramento) takes you inside Muir’s personal journals and some of his remarkable sketches. (off-site link).

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