Correspondence, 1936-2008

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Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting the operation of the Department of Mineral Sciences and the research and professional activities of its staff, including George Switzer, Associate Curator and Curator, 1948-1963; Brian Harold Mason, Curator and Curator Emeritus, 1965-2009; William G. Melson, Associate Curator, Curator, and Senior Scientist, 1964- ; Daniel E. Appleman, Crystallographer, 1974-1992; Robert F. Fudali, Geochemist, 1966-1996; and Tom Simkin, Curator and Senior Geologist and Volcanologist, 1972-2009. Records concern the identification and acquisition of specimens; participation in professional societies and mineral exhibitions; the publication of scientific manuscripts; annual reports; research; development of exhibitions; and departmental and divisional administration and include materials related to the correspondence such as reports, bochures, clippings, newsletters, postcards, images, maps, images, and ephemera. Correspondents include geologists and mineralogists; gemologists, jewelers, mineral collectors and dealers; colleges and universities; mining companies; publishers; government agencies; and the general public. Materials predating 1963 were created by the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology.


  • Switzer, George S (George Shirley) 1915-2008
  • Mason, Brian (Brian Harold) 1917-2009
  • Melson, William G. 1938-
  • Fudali, Robert F
  • Appleman, Daniel E
  • Simkin, Tom
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mineralogy and Petrology
  • United States National Museum


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Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1936
  • 1936-2008

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Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Petrology
  • Meteorites
  • Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Volcanology
  • Museums
  • Research
  • Museum exhibits


  • Color transparencies
  • Manuscripts
  • Color photographs
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Maps
  • Clippings
  • Newsletters
  • Brochures
  • Ephemera
  • Picture postcards

Local number

SIA RS00248

Physical description

  • 13.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 51 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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