Sierra Club Historic Photographs
William E. Colby Memorial Library
The Sierra Club Colby Library offers these images from its archival
collections as a contribution to education and scholarship. Some materials
in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17,
U.S.C.), while some may be in the public domain.
More information about copyright is provided by the U.S.
Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair
use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
The nature of historical archival collections means that copyright or other
information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine.
Whenever possible, we provide information about dates of publication or
copyright owners, but we cannot guarantee absolute accuracy in this regard.
We provide such information as a service to aid patrons
in determining the appropriate use of an item, but that determination ultimately
rests with you.
As a private research library, the Sierra Club Colby Library generally does
not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it cannot give
or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections.
It is your obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other
use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found
in the Colby Library collections.
For sources for many of these same photographs, see the bottom of this page.
If you need further assistance, please contact Sierra Club William
E. Colby Memorial Library,
John Muir in Yosemite
Muir is standing beside the Merced River, with Royal Arches
and the Washington Column in the background.
This photograph is thought to have been taken by one
of the Carr family, Wisconsin friends of John Muir, circa 1908.
(file size = 66 kilobytes)
John Muir as a young man
Photograph by Carleton E. Watkins, 1872 or 1873.
(file size = 49 kilobytes)
With Theodore Roosevelt
Prints of this image are available for purchase from Wisconsin
The President and John Muir at Glacier Point, Yosemite in 1903.
(file size = 71 kilobytes)
By the Grizzly Giant
Public domain image available from Library of Congress, The
Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920.
President Theodore Roosevelt's party at the Grizzly Giant,
Mariposa Big Tree Grove, 1903.
Front center are Roosevelt and John Muir.
A closer view of the scene above
Left to right: 2 secret service men, Secretary of the Navy Moody, Governor Pardee, President Roosevelt, Dr. Rixey, John Muir, Nichola Murray Butler, Secretary Loeb, Benjamin Ide Wheeler.
Photograph by Joseph N. LeConte.
(file size = 154 kilobytes)
(file size = 83 kilobytes)
John Muir by San Francisco pictorialist photographer W. Dassonville,
(file size = 27 kilobytes)
Dinnertime at the Kern River during a Sierra Club Outing.
John Muir is seated on a log talking with Miss Kneffer,
a Vassar professor.
At the left is Miss Nora Thomas.
(file size = 51 kilobytes)
Where to get Photos of John Muir:
of the Pacific Library John Muir Photographs - extensive digital collection
representing all of the photographs of John Muir from the John Muir Papers
and related collections.
Collections at John Muir National Historic Site - National Park Service
- photographs include portraits of Muir and his family, his Martinez ranch
house and orchards, personal belongings, and specimens that he collected.
California Heritage Collection, Berkeley, California - (Do a search on John Muir
for their collection of the Bancroft Library Portraits.
- California Faces
- Selections from the Bancroft Portrait Collection - (Offsite Link with search engine)
- Library of Congress Photographic Services, Washington, D.C.
- Library of Congress, The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
- Colby Library, Sierra Club, San Francisco, California
- John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, California
- John Muir Collections at University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
John Muir Image Gallery - Wisconsin Electronic Reader, Madison, Wisconsin
Historical Society - Includes "young" John Muir available for
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