In the spring of 1985 the University of the Pacific hosted a major conference, called to celebrate John Muir's life and legacy. It also toasted the John Muir Papers Microform Project, which [at the time was] nearing completion after a five-year effort to gather, organize, and publish all of Muir's extant journals, correspondence and holograph manuscripts. Over 250 registrants from all parts of the West gathered to hear twenty-five speakers and panelists from thirteen different academic institutions in nine different states and the District of Columbia.

Collectively the papers presented at the conference's eight academic sessions represent the cutting edge of Muir's scholarship in America today. Many of them broke new ground in Muir historiography by utilizing scholarly resources in the Muir-Hanna family collection at the University of the Pacific that had not been accessible before. Recognizing their importance, The Pacific Historian selected twelve of the most important for publication in a special double issue of the conference proceedings which are replicated here.

Schedule

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1985
Monday, April 1st
9:00 AM

Earthquakes or Snowflowers

Bart O'Brien

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Muir and Tall Trees of Australia

P. J. Ryan

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Muir and the Community of Nature

Kathleen Anne Wadden

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Muir and the Rights of Animals

Lisa Mighetto

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Muir in Wisconsin

Millie Stanley

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Muir's Alaska Experience

Frank Buske

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Muir's Glacial Gospel

Paul D. Sheats

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Muir's Homage to Henry David Thoreau

Richard F. Fleck, Community College of Denver

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Muir's Yankee Friends and Mentors: The New England Connection

Edmund A. Schofield

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Nature of John Muir's Religions

Ronald H. Limbaugh

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Toward Future Muir Biographies: Problems and Prospects

Frederick Turner

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Wilderness Saint" and "Robber Baron": The Anomalous Partnership of John Muir and the Southern Pacific Company for the Preservation of Yosemite National Park

Richard J. Orsi

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM