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Native Americans

Native American peoples, including the Shasta, Wintu, Achomawi, Modoc, Karuk, and other tribes. In this category, for example, are ethnographic studies, vocabularies, linguistic studies, and legends relating to Shasta.

Early Exploration

Accounts of early European and American exploration, including reports, diaries, letters, maps, and illustrations of the Spanish expeditions into the upper Sacramento River Valley; the British Hudson's Bay Company expeditions; American civilian exploration and migration; the American government expeditions of Wilkes and Fremont; and the Pacific Railroad Surveys. Origin and use of the name "Shasta" is thoroughly documented.

History

Comprehensive histories, interpretations, and other documents covering such topics as pioneers, railroads, lumbering, and contemporary social history of the Shasta region. Scientific Discovery Reports, journals, and field notes of pioneering explorers and scientists, including members of the United States (Wilkes) Exploring Expedition of 1838-42. Scientific topics included regional botany and zoology, as well as volcanic activity, glaciers, debris flow, soils, minerals and climate.

Literature

A surprising array of literary prose, fiction, and poetry, from that of John Muir, Joaquin Miller, Mary Austin, and John Greenleaf Whittier, to that of Bram Stoker, Robert Heinlein, and actor Hal Holbrook.

Legends

Mount Shasta as a sacred site in spiritual or religious contexts, including materials on Native American legends and religious traditions, Theosophical teachings, the Lemuria-Mount Shasta legends arising from nineteenth century occult traditions, and more recent "New Age" legends.

Mountaineering

Personal accounts, technical manuals, articles, histories, and climbing records. Recreation/Tourism/Environment Mount Shasta as an important tourist destination, from nineteenth century resort brochures to modern-day climbing guides. Also covered are the many controversies surrounding development of Mount Shasta, beginning with Joaquin Miller's 1873 proposal to make Mount Shasta the center of an "Indian Republic," and including several National Park, State Park, and wilderness proposals as well as the recent Mount Shasta Ski Area and National Historic District controversies.

Arts

Illustrations, photographs, music, and information about the art and artists inspired by the Mount Shasta volcano, including noted photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Carleton Watkins as well as prominent landscape artists Albert Bierstadt, William Keith, and Thomas Hill.

 

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