Correspondence, 1960-1989

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Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting the operation of the Division of Mineralogy concerning the acquisition of collections, identification of specimens, and professional activities of the staff. Curators and research staff of the Division represented in these records include Paul E. Desautels, Associate Curator and Curator, 1963-1983; John Sampson White, Museum Specialist, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1963-1992; Joel E. Arem, Crystallographer, 1971-1974; Pete J. Dunn, Museum Specialist, 1973-, Daniel E. Appleman, Crystallographer, 1974-1992; Jeffrey Edward Post, Associate Curator and Curator, 1984- , and George Switzer, in his capacity as Chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences, 1963-1968. Records predating 1963 were created by the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology.


  • Dunn, Pete J
  • Switzer, George S (George Shirley) 1915-2008
  • Desautels, Paul E
  • White, John Sampson 1933-
  • Arem, Joel E. 1943-
  • Post, Jeffrey Edward
  • Appleman, Daniel E
  • United States National Museum
  • United States National Museum Division of Mineralogy and Petrology


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1960
  • 1960-1989

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Geology
  • Gems
  • Mineralogy



Local number

SIA RS00225

Physical description

19 cu. ft. processed holdings

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