The Life and Contributions of John Muir
This section features articles, essays, chronologies, books, an atlas, and other
resources written by others about John Muir. See also our Bibliographic
Resources and the Writings by John Muir.
Introducing John Muir
- Chronology of the Life and Legacy of John
Muir - from his birth to the present day (1838-2016) This detailed chronology
offers a year-by year timeline of Muir's life, followed by the ongoing -
and increasing - interest in Muir down to the present. Many links will lead
you to various fascinating parts of the John Muir Exhibit.
Scotland - Muir's Birthplace
Wisconsin Boyhood and Inventions
Muir in Canada
Muir in Yosemite
Hetch Hetchy - Muir's Last Battle
Alaska - Exploring Glaciers
Family and Ranch Life
- The Muir Family in Arizona by Lilian Whiting
"John Muir in Oregon"
, by Ronald Eber
"John Muir in Russia, 1903"
, by William H. Brennan
"John Muir on Alaska Gold"
"John Muir on California Agriculture"
John Muir and William Bartram
- "John Muir's Photograph Collection"
by Janene Ford
"John Muir in the Amazon Basin"
, by Laurel Bemis
- Muir, Michaux, And Gray On The Roan By Bob Fulcher - reprint from The Tennessee Conservationist, September-October, 1998, about Muir's 1898 botanical excursion to Roan Mountain
- Jeanne Carr on Shasta, by Jeanne C. Carr
"John Muir and the Desert Connection"
, by Peter Wild
- Tracking John Muir to the Monkey Puzzle Forests of Chile by Bruce Byers (off-site link)
- fascinating article and photos tracking Muir's visit to Chile in 2012.
John Muir Reminiscences
by those who knew him
visit to John Muir in his dorm room, ca. 1862, by Grace Sterling Linseley.
Recollections of John Muir, 1935. .Original manuscript
in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (SC1912). (Off-site link)
- Camping with Burroughs and Muir by Clara Barrus (1914)
- With John o' the Birds and John o' the Mountains by Clara Barrus (1910)
- John Muir by Bailey Millard
- John Muir: An Appreciation by President Theodore Roosevelt
- Academic Honors Given John Muir in his Lifetime
- John Muir by John Swett
- "John Muir," by Ray Stannnard Baker, Outlook, (June 6, 1903).
- John Muir- Address Delivered by Charles R. Van Hise upon the Occasion of the Unveiling of a Bronze Bust of John Muir by the Sculptor C. S. Pietro at the University of Wisconsin, - December 6, 1916 (offsite link).
- A Conversation with John Muir from World's Work [London, England] Nov. 1906 - a humorous Interview with John Muir covers his travels around the world and adventures on California's Mount Shasta, Arizona's Petrified Forest, and trips to see trees in Siberia, India, Ceylon, and Australia.
- "Reminiscences of John Muir" by Myra Honegger
- Glaciers in Alaska: An Enthusiastic
Report of John Muir's Lecture at Vancouver by O.O. Howard (January 24, 1880)
- John Muir by Ernest Ingersoll (The Mentor, June 5, 1919)
- To the Memory of John Muir by C. Hart Merriam
- A Tribute to John Muir: Naturalist, Writer, and Man by George Hamlin Fitch
- A Parable of Sauntering by Albert
W. Palmer - Including a conversation with John Muir showing how Muir hated
"hiking" - both the word and the thing. (excerpted from The
Mountain Trail and Its Message (1911) .
- Tributes from Those Who Knew Him - excerpts from essays below
- Complete book: Alaska
Days with John Muir by S. Hall Young (1915) - available in various digital
formats from archive.org
- Sierra Club Bulletin John Muir Memorial Number - Volume 10, Number 1, January 1916 (includes the following essays)
Modern Essays About John Muir
- See our page on Tributes to John Muir for
other kinds of honors and tributes to Muir. This section features only written
First Environmentalist, John Muir by Dr. Jim Butler (offsite link)
John Muir and the United States National Park System - a speech by former
Sierra Club President Lawrence Downing
- John Muir, the Sierra, Yosemite National Park & the Sierra Club by Bonnie J. Gisel, Ph.D., Curator, LeConte Memorial Lodge, A speech presented on the Occasion of the Sierra Club Resilient Habitats Campaign Retreat March 26 â€“ 29, 2012, Clair Tappaan Lodge
- John Muir by Lawrence Clark Powell - "If
I were to choose a single Californian to occupy the Hall
of Fame, it would be this tenacious Scot who became a Californian during
the final forty-six years of his life."
- A Visit to
John Muir's Wisconsin Farm by Bill Tweed
- Triumph For Man and Nature:
The American Wilderness and John Muir: Part
1 | Part
by Shane Mahoney, in Bugle:
The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
22:3 May/June 2005 & Vol. 22:6 Nov/Dec. 2005
the (Low Carbon) Footsteps of John Muir by Greg Haegele, Sierra Club on Treehugger.com (April
18, 2008) - "Muir was a visionary who worked hard to protect land even when
there was plenty of open space around. Sometimes he was a lonely voice, because
not everyone around him understood or supported the need to conserve magnificent
places for future generations to explore and enjoy. Kind of like being a global-warming
activist in places that still deny it's happening. Muir persevered, and we're
all better off for it."
Cool things About John Muir by Greg Haegele, Sierra Club on Treehugger.com (April
- John Muir Inducted on the Extra
Mile Volunteeer Pathway in Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2009)
- Honoree onThe
Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway in Washington, D.C. (off-site
- John Muir - A Great Scot - Nomination of John
Muir for Scotland TV contest for "Greatest Scot."
- Thank You John Muir - poem by M.P. Khan
- Saint John Muir by Harold Wood (June 29, 2014)
- All the Colors of Nature by Michael Brune (November 12, 2015)
- The Light at the End - and Beginning - of John Muir's Journey by Barbara Mossberg (December 20, 2015)
About Muir's Books and Articles
- The Importance of John Muir
"John Muir's Public Service"
by William O. Douglas (excerpted from Muir of the Mountains)
John Muir: The Living Spirit and Founder of the World Conservation Movement by Graham White (1996)
- John Muir: The Wilderness Journeys - the Introduction by Graham White (1996)
"Victorians and Meadowlarks: Two Muir Letters Rediscovered"
- Muir Mania: A Legacy with Legs by Kit Stolz,
Sierra Magazine, November-December, 2001) (off-site link)
- Muir Set the Pattern for Those Who Followed by Robert Michael Pyle
- John Muir and the 1906 Antiquities Act by David Blackburn (off-site link)
- Seventeen Years to Success: John Muir, William Gladstone Steel, and the Creation of Yosemite and Crater Lake National Parks
By Stephen R. Mark, Historian, Crater Lake National Park, U.S. National Park Service
- John Muir's Defense of Wildlife by Richard Fleck
- John Muir on Caves by Jennifer Ong
- A Note on John Muir and the Appalachian
Mountain Club by Richard Fleck (Muir's advocacy of preserving the White
Mountains of New Hampshire).
- Letter to John Muir - To the Glory of
Nature, John Muir, Eternity by Rex
- Prizing the Power
of the Sea by Michael Russell, Scotland's Cabinet secretary
for education and lifelong learning, and former minister for the environment.
Russell argues that "John Muir would have been excited by the prospect that
the natural resources around us may actually be the key to solving the climate
Muir's Legacy Lives On - by The Scottish Government, News Release, April
9, 2010. Michael Russell is quoted about Muir's inspiration to combat climate
hange today, and the Sierra Club stated: "The Sierra Club is honored to share
John Muir's legacy with the John Muir Trust and the Scottish Government. Together,
we can face the greatest global challenge of our generation. Together, we can
bend the arc of history and beat climate change." -
Carl Pope (April 9, 2010).
- John Muir's Legacy is Alive and Well in a World that is "One Great Dewdrop" by Harold Wood (November 22, 2014)
- Remarks by Spencer Black to the Natural Herigage Land Trust at the Celebration of the Purchase of Fountain Lake Farm (October 15, 2014).
- Remembering John Muir on the centennial of the National Park Service by Mark Stoll ( August 27, 2016) (off-site link)
- John Muir: The Celebration of Wilderness by Richard F. Fleck
- Sermon: Easter People: John Muir by Rev. Virginia Pearson and Bill Hanna, John Muir's Great-Grandson
- "The Nature Mysticism of John Muir" by Larry Gates
- "John Muir's Menu" by
J. Parker Huber, Sierra (Vol. 79, Issue
6, p. 66, Nov/Dec 1994.)
- God and John Muir: A Psychological Interpretation by Mark R. Stoll
Baptized into Wilderness: A Christian Perspective on John Muir
a book review
"Why climb mountains?
John Muir and Clarence King at a historical crossroads
of American mountain climbing"
by Erica Goldman
"John Muir and the Feminist Movement"
, by Ronald H. Limbaugh
- Zen Buddhism in John Muir by Michelle L. Dwyer
Muir and the Modern Passion for Nature"
by Dr. Donald Worster, featured as the Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship
in Forest and Conservation History for 2004 (off-site link).
- Radical Transcendentalism: Emerson,
Muir and the Experience of Nature by
that's wild: It's spring in Yosemite and I can hear John Muir calling me
-- time to head for the mountains by Gary Kamiya - Salon.com May
15, 2007 (off-site link)
- "John Muir and the Poetics of Natural Conversion" (PDF) by John Tallmadge, North Dakota Quarterly 59::2 (Spring 1991), pp. 62-79. Discussion of My First Summer in the Sierra as a conversion story. Includes an insightful analysis of why Muir's regard for plants and animals as "people" and our 'horizontal brothers" is not an application of the so-called "pathetic fallacy." This article provided for the John Muir Exhibit by the author, John Tallmadge.
Articles from other Sources
Digital Books or Book Chapters about John Muir
- Bibliographic Resources - the library is still the best resource for John Muir! Use our annotated bibliography, book reviews, book jacket summaries, and press releases to find the best books! Also check out the best bookstore for Muir books!
- Crossword Puzzles - Printable Puzzles
involving Muir's life!
- Historical Photographs, paintings, sketches of Muir
- Related Resources - Off-site links
- Writings by John Muir - Nearly all of Muir's books and many of his other writings are available online.
- 1980 - The University of the Pacific hosted its first John Muir Conference, which are now held about every five years. A monograph series based on the conferences began in 1981 with the publication of The World of John Muir.
- 1985 - The papers from this conference were published the same year in John Muir: Life and Legacy, in The Pacific Historian, Vol. 29, Numbers 2 & 3 (Summer/Fall 1985).
- 1990 - The publication of conference proceedings continued with the 1993 publication of John Muir: Life and Work, by the University of New Mexico Press.
- 1996 John Muir Conference Abstracts of Papers - by University of the Pacific
- 2001 John Muir Conference Abstracts of Papers - by University of the Pacific (Off-site link)
- 2006 John Muir Conference - Abstracts
of Papers- by University of the Pacific
- 2010 John Muir Conference - Conference Summary
- 2014 John Muir Symposium - Announcement
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