The John Muir Center
for Environmental Studies
University of the Pacific
As California's most important historical personality,
John Muir was a regional naturalist with global impact.
His papers at the Holt-Atherton Library are among the University's most important resources for scholarly research.
Recognizing the need both to
encourage greater utilization of the Muir Papers by the scholarly
community and to promote the study of California and its
impact upon the global community, the John Muir Center for Environmental
Studies was established in 1989 (originally as the John Muir Center for Regional Studies) with the following objectives:
- to foster a closer academic relationship between UOP and the
larger community of scholars, students, and citizens interested in
regional and environmental studies;
- to provide greater opportunities for research and publication by
UOP faculty and students;
- to offer opportunities for out-of-classroom learning experiences;
- to promote multi-disciplinary curriculum development.
These objectives are implemented through a variety of activities
sponsored and promoted by the John Muir Center, including:
- home office to the Environmental Studies major
- home office for the Jedediah Smith Society
- home office for the Conference of California Historical Societies
- a regular symposium with a thematic emphasis on some
aspect of regional/environmental studies.
The California History Institute,
started at the University of the Pacific in 1954 by "Mr. California",
Dr. Rockwell Hunt, and subsequently sponsored by the John Muir Center
and its predecessors, has been enlarged and incorporated into this
- a special publications program that includes the
John Muir Newsletter
a quarterly publication with articles, book reviews and
news of interest to Muir scholars;
- a monograph series that
began in 1993 with the publication of
John Muir: Life and Work,
by the University of New Mexico Press; a new volume based on the presentations made to the California History Institute in 1996, entitled
John Muir in Historical Perspective
was published in 1999;
- 1996 John Muir Conference Abstracts of Papers - by University of the Pacific
Muir: Family, Friends, and Adventures (2005) - publisher's press
release and book
jacket and table of contents about this book derived
from papers presented at the 2001
John Muir Conference.
- 2006 Conference: John Muir in Global Perspective.
- periodic seminars and workshops to offer faculty, students and
other scholars a forum for presenting Environmental research results, to
discuss ways and methods of utilizing Environmental resources in ongoing
classes, and to facilitate multi-disciplinary planning and
- grant projects designed to raise special funds for faculty and
student research, for a computerized database and bibliography for
the John Muir Papers, for collection development, and for Environmental
history projects such as the Bank of Stockton project to catalog
and make computer-accessible a major collection of historical
- course offerings with a regional or environmental emphasis.
Currently such courses are offered independently on a semester
basis by a number of departments, including Biology, English,
Geology/Geography, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Chemistry, Engineering, and Economics.
The John Muir Center:
facilitates the utilization, coordination, and marketing of existing
courses having an environmental scope or emphasis;
offers support services for faculty interested
in adding an environmental component to ongoing courses;
encourages the utilization of intercession, summer school, and vacation times for specialized offerings in an environmental context;
assists faculty interested in team-teaching or
pooling courses with an environmental emphasis in order to promote
multi-disciplinary curricular development.
Director: William Swagerty, Ph.D., University of the Pacific
Editor: Sally M. Miller, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus of History, U.O.P.
Administrative Assistant: Marilyn Norton
For Further Information
For further information contact the staff at
The John Muir Center for Environmental Studies (official website)
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2527
Fax: (209) 946-2578
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