Finding Aid to the John Muir Collection MS.670

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 November 7


Title: John Muir Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.670
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1824-1966
Abstract: John Muir (1838-1914) was a naturalist and philosopher, famous for calling attention to the natural lands of the United States and spurring on the movement to develop the National Parks. This collection spans from 1824-1966 and includes correspondence, an original sketch of Muir by Eva Scott Fenyes, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and a copy of Muir's Yosemite Valley journal.
creator: Fenyes, Eva Scott, d. 1930
creator: Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928.
creator: Muir, John, 1838-1914

Biographical Note

John Muir (1838-1914) was a naturalist and philosopher, famous for calling attention to the natural lands of the United States and spurring on the movement to develop the National Parks. He was a Scottish-born American author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.

Scope and Contents

This collection spans from 1824-1966 and includes copies of John Muir's correspondence with Charles Fletcher Lummis from 1895-1912, an original sketch of Muir by Eva Scott Fenyes, newspaper clippings of articles by or about John Muir, ephemera, and a copy of Muir's journal documenting his time in the Yosemite Valley from 1869-1870. The journal copy appears to have been made by Jeanne Carr, date unknown. This collection contains photostats of correspondence between Muir and Lummis, the originals of which have been moved to the Charles Fletcher Lummis Manuscript Collection, MS.1.1.3221A and B.

Preferred citation

John Muir Collection, 1824-1966, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.670; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Processing history

Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 7, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Acquisition

Donations from H. W. O'Melveny, 1935 September 13; Frederick Webb Hodge, 1938-1946; and Library staff.

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Clippings
Diaries
Hetch Hetchy Valley (Calif.)
Manuscripts
Pencil sketches
Photostats
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Yosemite Valley (Calif.)