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University of the Pacific
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Stockton, California 95211

Muir-Hanna family's gift of John Muir Papers to be celebrated

Largest collection of Muir papers makes university a global center for Muir, environmental research

University of the Pacific on April 13 will celebrate receiving official ownership of the largest collection of letters, journals and other materials written or owned by famed naturalist, author and environmental philosopher John Muir.

"This is simply a wonderful collection, and we are so very grateful to the Muir-Hanna family for their generous gift," said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "This celebration is to show our deep appreciation of the family's donation and to share with the community this extraordinary news."

The university has curated the collection since 1970, when John Muir descendants, several of whom are Pacific alumni, brought the collection to the Stockton campus. Since then, the collection in the university's Holt-Atherton Special Collections and Archives has grown to include 7,000 correspondences, 100 journals and notebooks, 400 drawings, thousands of photographs, and hundreds of his manuscripts for books and articles. Much of the materials are made available online, and the public is welcome to help transcribe his writings.

John Muir journal page

John Muir Papers and Collections

The world's largest collections of John Muir letters, journals, personal belongings and more are held in the Holt-Atherton Special Collections.

John Muir in yosemite

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Learn more about the John Muir Papers through past news stories by BBC Scotland, "Insight With Beth Ruyak," KQED and other news outlets.

Students outside John Muir Center

John Muir Center

University of the Pacific is home of the John Muir Center, which promotes the study of Muir and environmentalism at Pacific and beyond.

John Muir Statue

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