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Welcome to the John Muir Center

The John Muir Center promotes the study of John Muir and environmentalism at the University of the Pacific and beyond.

Center Objectives

As one of California's most important historical figures, John Muir (1838-1914) was a regional naturalist with global impact. His papers, housed in the library's Holt-Atherton Special Collections, are among the University's most important resources for scholarly research.

Recognizing the need both to encourage greater utilization of the John Muir Papers by the scholarly community, and the need to promote the study of California and its impact upon the global community, the John Muir Center was established in 1989 with the following objectives:

  • To foster a closer academic relationship between Pacific and the larger community of scholars, students and citizens interested in regional and environmental studies.
  • To provide greater opportunities for research and publication by Pacific faculty and students.
  • To offer opportunities for out-of-classroom learning experiences.
  • To promote multi-disciplinary curricular development.

Explore our website to learn more about the resources and programs offered by the John Muir Center.

Past Events


On September 8, 2015, historian Andrea Wulf spoke to the entire freshman class about her newest book, The Invention of Nature, which chronicles the life of Alexander von Humboldt, who is considered the father of modern environmentalism. She later gave a public talk and book signing in the university library. Wulf, acclaimed author of "Founding Gardeners" and occasional guest lecturer at University of the Pacific, used the John Muir Papers curated by the university in researching this biography of the visionary German naturalist. John Muir, co-founder of the Sierra Club and perhaps the best-known American conservationist, was influenced by von Humboldt's work. 

The Invention of Nature Brochure


Muir Looking at Planet