Famed naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) documented his “wanderings and wonderings” in nature in thousands of journals and letters. He is considered the grandfather of the environmentalism movement.

The spring 2019 issue of the Pacific Review shared the news that the University was proud to celebrate "the permanent gift of the John Muir papers and collection by the Muir-Hannah Trust." Described as "the world's largest collection... of Muir papers, journals, books and other memorabilia," the collection had been held on loan by the University since 1970 and housed in the library's Holt-Atherton Special Collections and Archives, but would now be owned and "preserved permanently at Pacific, where it will be accessible to students, the public and researchers worldwide." To make an appointment to view any of Muir's materials, contact the Holt-Atherton Special Collections here. Other materials, including books and paintings from his home and an interactive digital humanities project, are available at the Muir Experience on the first floor of the William Knox Holt Memorial Library (no appointment necessary).

Muir Papers

Muir Experience

Left: Muir's drawing of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, about 1871. Available for download on Scholarly Commons. Courtesy of the John Muir Papers © 1984 Muir-Hanna Trust

Right: The Muir Experience, 2023

Below: John Muir on Mount Rubidoux ('Roubidoux'), Riverside, California. Courtesy of the John Muir Papers © 1984 Muir-Hanna Trust

John Muir