Articles of association, articles of incorporation, by-laws, and list of charter members of the Sierra club

Publication Information: 20 p.

Annotation: These works document both the founding and the formative identity of the Sierra Club. Though New England's Appalachian Mountain Club provided an important model, the Sierra Club was created specifically for the purpose of wilderness preservation, and it has been in some sense the flagship for the forces of preservationist conservationism ever since. John Muir was the Club's first President and guiding force until his death in 1914. The Club's first three publications include the original articles of incorporation, by-laws, and list of founding members; first-person accounts of the experience of wilderness as a resource for beauty, recreation, and personal enrichment; and records of honorary Club memberships conferred on individuals who showed "zeal" in "attempts to preserve our forests from destruction." These documents illuminate the aspirations and expectations of those who began to turn the definition of American conservationism from a program of utilitarian public policy to include an idealized reverence for the wild beauties of the earth.


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