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Margaret E. Murie, Grandmother of American Conservation  -  Related Materials
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Alaska's libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about Margaret E. Murie and her work with Olaus Murie in Alaska. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:

  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window. Go to the Keyword field, and type in MURIE.

More Reading:

Alaska Geographic Society. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Geographic Society, 1993.

Breton, Mary Joy. Women Pioneers for the Environment. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998.

Craighead, Charles and Bonnie Kreps. Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story. Portland, Ore.: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., 2002.

Murie, Margaret E. and Olaus Johan Murie. Wapiti Wilderness. 1st edition. New York: Knopf, 1966.

Murie, Margaret E. Two in the Far North. 1st edition. New York: Knopf, 1962.

Murie, Margaret E. Island Between. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Press, 1977.

Murie, Margaret E., Olaus Johan Murie, Terry Tempest Williams. Two in the Far North. 5th edition. Seattle: Alaska Northwest Books, 1997.

Murie, Olaus Johan. Journeys to the Far North. Palo Alto, Calif.: American West Publishing Co., 1973.

Murie, Olaus Johan and Margaret E. Murie. The Alaskan Bird Sketches of Olaus Murie: With Excerpts from his Field Notes. 1st edition. Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Northwest Publishing Co., 1979.

Schaller, George B. Arctic Valley: A Report on the 1956 Murie Brooks Range, Alaska Expedition. 1957.

Waterman, Jonathan. Where Mountains are Nameless: Passion and Politics in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Including the Story of Olaus and Mardy Murie. 1st edition. New York: Norton, 2005.

For Juvenile Readers:

Bryant, Jennfer and Antonio Castro. Margaret Murie: A Wilderness Life. 1st edition. New York: Twenty-First Century Books, 1993.


Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story. Bonnie Kreps, Charles Craighead, Sandy Ostertag. 2001 Director's Cut. VHS (75 min) Moose, Wy.: Craighead Envrionmental Research Institute; Montreal, Quebec: NDj Media Distribution. Depicts the life of environmentalist Margaret E. "Mardy" Murie, who, along with her husband, Olaus Murie, co-founded the Wilderness Society.

Arctic Wildlife Range. Consultants: Olaus Murie, Oakleigh Thorne; Photographer: H. Robert Krear. 1959. Thorne Films, Inc. Color 16 mm motion picture film (20 min). Pictures some of the wilderness beauty and the native plant and animal life found in the Arctic Wildlife Range in northern Alaska. Shows views of animals in their natural habitats, including caribou, grizzly bear, ptarmigan, and gyrfalcon.


Howard Berkes' Profile of Mardy Murie on NPR's All Things Considered:

Celia's Alaska: Pioneer Stories of Denali. Celia Hunter, Amy Mayer. 2002. Digital sound recording CD (67:53 min). From CD cover: "Every other Thursday from August 1999 until November 2001, the public radio show Alaska Edition featured Celia Hunter as a ‘Fairbanks Pioneer.' In each segment, Celia shared an episode from her life -- adventures in the air, camp tales, dog stories, and observations of Alaska and Fairbanks as they grew and developed. Before Celia died in December 2001, she and radio producer Amy Mayer began planning a CD compilation of the Fairbanks Pioneer stories. This CD is the culmination of that idea, in honor of Celia."

Archival Materials:

Clara Rust Papers, 1904-1978. Held at University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library. The Clara Rust Papers contain newspaper clippings on a wide variety of Alaska subjects, a personal file centered around her life and her involvement in community affairs, a file on the Pioneer Women of Alaska, a publications file and a scrapbook with postcards and photographs. Bio/History: Clara Hickman Rust was a Fairbanks historian and writer who came to Fairbanks in 1907 to join her father, Zach Hickman, a newspaperman who had come over the Chilkoot Pass to Dawson in 1898 and subsequently founded two newspapers: the Klondike Nugget and the Fairbanks Miner. In 1910 she married Jesse W. Rust in Fairbanks, where she was to live a long and active life, recognized for her participation in local and state affairs. She was a charter member of Pioneer Women of Alaska, served two terms as president, was named woman of the year by the Soroptimists and Fairbanks Mother of the Year. Her newspaper columns, "News of Pioneers," ran for many years, first in Jessen's Daily and then in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and her biography This Old House was written by Jo Anne Wold.

William Yanert Papers, 1899-1942. Held at University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library. This collection consists of miscellaneous poems, William Yanert's "Yukon Breezes," extensive correspondence with his family, Margaret Murie, Clara Rust, and other pioneer Alaskans, and a photograph of William and his brother, Herman, in front of their cabin at Purgatory on the Yukon River. Bio/History: William Yanert (1864-1942) came to Alaska with the U.S. Army. He stayed on after his discharge in 1899, becoming a trapper and explorer. He and his brother settled in Purgatory, on the Yukon River, in 1903. The river steamers would stop in at Purgatory for wood, and Yanert became friends with many of Alaska's pioneers. Yanert trapped, wrote poetry, carved ivory, and enjoyed his life along the Yukon.

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