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University of the Pacific Library
(209) 946-2431

University Library
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Journal Transcription Project

Thank you for your interest in helping us to transcribe the Muir journals!

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Transcribe and send one page at a time. 

  • Illegible words: use empty brackets [    ]. If you are not sure of the word, use brackets around your guess. 

  • Crossed out words: If the word(s) are legible add them in brackets. 

  • Abbreviations: put exactly what Muir has written. You may add what you think the word is an abbreviation for in brackets.  "Mtns. [Mountains]."  

  • Photos or drawings: transcribe any captions to drawings. If there are no captions, you are welcome to briefly describe the drawing. "[lake with trees]." 

  • Transcribe one page at a time. Transcribing an entire journal at once might be rather tedious and others may be transcribing the same journal. 


1)   Visit the John Muir Journals website.  
2)   Select one of Muir's 78 online journals and click on it. 
3)   Determine if a page has already been transcribed 
    a) Select a journal page from the right hand navigation bar and click it. 
    b) Once you see the pages in the middle of the screen, click on "View Image & Text" above the image to the right. 
    c) The transcription will appear if it has been transcribes. 
    d) If it reads "There is no text for this item," go ahead and get started 
4)   Transcribe the page that you have into an email or document 
5)   Send your page transcription along with the journal title and image number(s) to mwurtz@pacific.edu.
6)   Your transcription may be edited if necessary.  

We thank the following for working on this project: John Dalbey, Julie Dunlap, Robin Imhof, Cathy Ivers, Laurel Klafehn, Heather Olson, Stephanie LeMenager, Dan Styer, Bill Wadsworth, Sheryl Wurtz