William Frederic Badè
- Editor, Sierra
Club Director, theologian, university professor.
- A graduate of
Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Yale Divinity
was a professor at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley from
1902 to 1936. He taught Old Testament Literature, and also conducted
archeological research in Palestine.
- In 1903, he
joined the Sierra Club and became an active member and protege of
John Muir during Muir's later years.
- He served as
president of the Sierra Club from 1918 to 1922, and as editor of the
Sierra Club Bulletin for twelve years.
was active in the Hetch
Hetchy campaign with Muir in the Sierra Club.
officiated at John Muir's funeral on December 28, 1914.
- After Muir's
death, his daughters chose Badè to be Muir's literary executor.
Badè edited and published Muir's posthumous works:
A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916), The Cruise
of the Corwin (1917), and
Steep Trails (1918). He also wrote the preface for Muir's
in Alaska (1915), a posthumous work edited by Marion
Randall Parsons. The
Life and Letters of John Muir (1924), volumes 9 and 10
in The Writings of John Muir series (1916-1924) and
later published separately, were compiled and edited by Badè.
Using Muir's letters and journals he assembled a vast amount of unpublished
material for The
Life and Letters of John Muir. Badè had hoped to
locate a thousand letters; he ultimately accumulated nearly double
that number. In a garret in Indiana he discovered Muir's collection
of botanical specimens, the remnants of a trip through Canada. From
the dates and notations on these specimens, Dr. Badè was able
to trace Muir's movements of a little known period of his life. Compiling
Life and Letters of John Muir so soon after Muir's death
gave Badè a chance to collect reminiscences from people who
had known Muir.
"The John Muir Collections at Holt-Atherton Library" include
book reviews of Muir's works, newspaper clippings about Muir, transcriptions
of journal selections, manuscripts, letters, and reminiscences. The
reminiscences are included in the microform collection. Badè
transcribed over 3,100 letters by Muir and his correspondents. Some
of the typed letters were filmed if the original letters were lost
or difficult to read. All correspondence was published in some form
in the microform edition.
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