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Muir Family Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 57349-57497  
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Description
This collection contains correspondence and some ephemera of the family of naturalist John Muir (1838-1914). The correspondence largely deals with family affairs dating between the early 1860s to early 1900s. Many of the letters mention John and his activities at different points in his life.
Background
John Muir's family immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1849, when he was eleven years old. The Muir family made their home on a farm near Portage, Wisconsin. Muir (1838-1914), after attending the University of Wisconsin, traveled around the United States for several years. He came to California in 1868, where he became a naturalist and an avid supporter of the Yosemite Valley, helping to establish Yosemite National Park in 1890. He wrote numerous articles and books concerning the environment and the importance of nature. Daniel H. Muir, Jr. (1843-1923), the recipient of the letters, and the younger brother of John Muir, became a medical doctor in 1870, and married Emma Kinaston in 1872.
Extent
155 pieces in 3 boxes
Restrictions
Restrictions: Researchers wanting permission to quote from or to reproduce any of the John Muir letters in this collection must contact the Muir-Hanna Trust, via the University of the Pacific, to inquire about possible restrictions on the John Muir material.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.