Sierra Club Historic Photographs
from the
William E. Colby Memorial Library

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[photo of Muir] 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)

[photo of Muir] John Muir as a young man

San Francisco. Photograph by Carleton E. Watkins, 1872 or 1873. (file size = 49 kilobytes)
Prints of this image are available for purchase from Wisconsin Historical Society.

[photo of Muir] With Theodore Roosevelt

The President and John Muir at Glacier Point, Yosemite in 1903. (file size = 71 kilobytes)
Public domain image available from Library of Congress, The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920.

[photo of Muir] By the Grizzly Giant

President Theodore Roosevelt's party at the Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Big Tree Grove, 1903. Front center are Roosevelt and John Muir.
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)

[photo of Muir] A closer view of the scene above

(file size = 83 kilobytes)

[photo of Muir] A Portrait

John Muir by San Francisco pictorialist photographer W. Dassonville, circa 1909. (file size = 27 kilobytes)

[photo of Muir] An Outing

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. 1908. Photographer unknown. (file size = 51 kilobytes)

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