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John Muir at Pacific

Pacific honors the history of environmental awareness through its identity as home of the John Muir Papers and the John Muir Center.  John Muir (1838-1914) was a renowned naturalist, explorer, and earth-scientist who brought an appreciation of the natural world to the national consciousness through several influential books and hundreds of articles. He was a key figure in the establishment of the National Park System, a founder of the Sierra Club, and is widely considered the father of the modern environmental movement.

The John Muir Papers consist of over 10,000 items, including his journals, correspondence, writings, drawings, and photographs. Located in the University Library, this unique resource draws scholars from around the world and documents Muir's fundamental commitment preserving the environment. Students at Pacific have many opportunities to study Muir in addition to contemporary issues such as sustainability. The John Muir Center promotes the study of Muir, including a semester-long course, as well as related regional and environmental issues.

Interested in helping John Muir's legacy? You can! Pacific was recently featured in the Stockton Record, asking for assistance from the public to transcribe John Muir's journal. You can read the article here: Pacific asks the public to help decipher Muir's journals