Inventory of the Muir Family Papers, 1860-1906

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Inventory of the Muir Family Papers, 1860-1906

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
Processed by:
Brooke M. Black
Date Completed:
July 20, 1998
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1998 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Muir Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1860-1906
Collection number: HM 57349 - 57497
Creator: Muir Family
Extent: 155 cataloged items in three boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Note:
This collection contains 155 cataloged items in three boxes, spanning the period 1860 to 1906, with the bulk of the collection between 1863 and 1899.
Acquisition number : 1364.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open to qualified researches by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

Publication Rights

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.
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Muir Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift to the Huntington Library from John C. Bell in September 1987.

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

This collection, which is arranged alphabetically by author, is made up of correspondence and ephemera from John Muir and his family. The family members represented in the collection are John Muir, his parents, his seven siblings, two of his sisters-in-law and two of his nieces. The letters largely deal with family affairs, and give a detailed account of the family's daily life. Many of the letters mention John and his activities at different points in his life. They often discuss Muir's location, his publications and the family's trips to California to see him, his wife Louie, and their two daughters, Wanda and Helen. Several of John Muir's letters are written from Yosemite Valley; these letters give detailed accounts of Muir's activities at Yosemite as well as physical descriptions of the valley.
Correspondence: All but one letter (John Muir to Anne Gilrye Muir, HM 57467) are addressed to Daniel H. Muir Jr., or his wife Emma Kinaston Muir (eleven letters are addressed to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. and Emma Kinaston Muir). One-third of the letters are written by John Muir's mother Anne Gilrye Muir. One letter is written by E. C. Love, a friend of the Muir family. The correspondence includes the following members of the Muir family (list shows relation to John Muir and number of items written by each family member): Joanna Muir Brown, sister (6); Anna G. Galloway, niece (1); Sarah Muir Galloway, sister (16); Mary Muir Hand, sister (7); Anna Muir, sister (4); Anne Gilrye Muir, mother (68); Daniel Muir, father (6); Daniel H. Muir, Jr., brother (1); David G. Muir, brother (9); John Muir (28); Katie Muir, sister-in-law (1); Margaret Muir Reid, sister (1); and Anna Reid Waterman, niece (1).
Ephemera: The ephemera consists of six folders and contains calling cards, a Christmas card, envelopes, wedding invitations, mementos from John Muir, and miscellaneous printed ephemera, including newspaper clippings.

Container List

Box 1

Brown, Joanna Muir.

 

3 letters (1872-1878) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57349-57351. 

 

Brown, Joanna Muir.

 

2 letters (1872) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. and Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57352-57353.

 

Brown, Joanna Muir.

 

1 letter (1874, May 16) to Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57354.

 

Galloway, Sarah Muir.

 

9 letters (1863-1899) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57355-57363.

Scope and Content Note

With HM 57356 is a note to Daniel H. Muir Jr. from David M. Galloway.
 

Galloway, Sarah Muir.

 

2 letters (1900) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. and Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57364-57365.

 

Galloway, Sarah Muir.

 

5 letters (1896-1906) to Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57366-57370.

 

Hand, Mary Muir.

 

6 letters (1865-1901) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57371-57376. 

Scope and Content Note

On verso of HM 57372 are notes written and signed by Anna Muir, and Joanna Muir Brown. HM 57373 is in the form of a fable.
 

Hand, Mary Muir.

 

1 letter (1889) to Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57377.

 

Love, E. C.

 

1 letter (1900, Feb. 27) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57378.

 

Muir, Anna.

 

3 letters (1865-1872) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57379-57381.

 

Muir, Anna.

 

1 letter (1896, June 18) to Emma Kinaston Muir. Also note on back - "From aunts about Grandmother Muir's illness." HM 57382.

Box 2

Muir, Anne Gilrye.

 

56 letters (1865-1894) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57383-57438. 

Scope and Content Note

With HM 57396 is a letter to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. by Mary Hand Muir. On verso of HM 57405 is a letter to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. from Joanna Muir Brown. With HM 57407 is a letter to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. from Anna Muir. With HM 57415 is a letter to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. from Joanna Muir Brown. With HM 57416 is a letter to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. from Anna Muir. With HM 57421 is a letter to Emma Kinaston Muir by Anne Gilrye Muir.
 

Muir, Anne Gilrye.

 

6 letters (1872-1890) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. and Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57439-57444.

Box 3

Muir, Anne Gilrye.

 

6 letters (1884-1891) to Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57445-57450.

Scope and Content Note

With HM 57448 is a letter to Daniel H. Muir, Jr.
 

Muir, Daniel.

 

6 letters (1865-1885) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57451-57456. 

Scope and Content Note

Enclosed with HM 57453 are two religious tracts.
 

Muir, Daniel H.Jr.

 

1 note: "List of Trunk Contents," [not after 1872, Mar. 5]. HM 57457.

Scope and Content Note

On verso: copy of bill to The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Racine County dated 1872, Jan. 11, for work done by Daniel H. Muir, Jr.
 

Muir, David G.

 

9 letters (1869-1886) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57458-57466.

Scope and Content Note

On verso of HM 57463 is a letter to Emma Kinaston Muir by Katie Muir as dictated to David G. Muir.
 

Muir, John, 1838-1914.

 

1 letter (1872, Sep. 27) to Anne Gilrye Muir. HM 57467.

 

Muir, John, 1838-1914.

 

27 letters (1860-1891) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57468-57494.

Scope and Content Note

HM 57468 contains a sketch of a well on last page. With HM 57478 is a letter to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. from Anna G. Galloway.
 

Reid, Margaret Muir.

 

1 letter (1903, Dec.) to Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57495.

 

Waterman, Anna Reid.

 

1 letter (1889, July 21) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. and Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57496.

 

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1 letter (1875, Apr. 17) to John Muir, 1838-1914. Incomplete. HM 57497.

 

Ephemera

 

Calling Cards

Physical Description: 3 pieces.
 

Ephemera

 

Christmas Card

Physical Description: 1 piece.
 

Ephemera

 

Envelopes

Physical Description: 4 pieces.
 

Ephemera

 

Mementos from John Muir, 1838-1914

Physical Description: 3 pieces, including tree bark and a pressed leaf.
 

Ephemera

 

Miscellaneous printed ephemera

Physical Description: 5 pieces, including newspaper clippings.
 

Ephemera

 

Wedding Announcements

Physical Description: 6 pieces, with 5 envelopes.

Indexing: Subjects

 

Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873.

 

Subject in John Muir, 1838-1914, letter (1872, Sep. 27) to Anne Gilrye Muir. HM 57467.

 

Sierra Club.

 

Subject in Sarah Muir Galloway letter (1901, July 29) to Emma Kinaston Muir. HM 57368. 

 

Yosemite Valley (Calif.)

 

Subject in John Muir, 1838-1914, letter (1872, Sep. 27) to Anne Gilrye Muir. HM 57467.

 

Yosemite Valley (Calif.)

 

Subject in John Muir, 1838-1914, letter (1869, Dec. 3) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57483.

 

Yosemite Valley (Calif.)

 

Subject in John Muir, 1838-1914, letter (1870, June 21) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57486.

 

Yosemite Valley (Calif.)

 

Subject in John Muir, 1838-1914, letter (1870, Sep. 22) to Daniel H. Muir, Jr. HM 57487.