These 25 notebooks were written by John Muir between 1856 and about 1912 and offer a unique perspective on Muir's life and experiences in his own words and drawings. Generally, Muir’s notebooks are unique drafts of ideas, books, and articles, but sometimes contain field notes.

Muir also kept 78 journals that are available here. The journals generally are field notes.

Most of the digitized John Muir journals are transcribed. Join our Muir Journal Transcription Project to help.

The unpublished works of John Muir are under copyright by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit items from the John Muir Papers, visit our fees and forms page.


Browse the John Muir Notebooks (1856-1912) Collections:

John Muir Notebooks (PDFs)

John Muir Notebooks (Images)