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University of Michigan Mineral Collection

The University of Michigan has a significant mineral collection that is housed at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech. The Michigan Mineral Alliance preserves the legacy of the University of Michigan mineral collection and ensures that the collection gets the attention it deserves. The collection was established in 1838, one year after the founding of the University of Michigan and statehood for Michigan. The history of the University of Michigan Mineral Collection was briefly described by Stefano, Erwin, and Ewing in the July/August 2013, volume 88 of Rocks & Minerals

Copper, Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan. One of the largest and finest single copper crystals. Donated by L. L. Hubbard. Specimen 14.5 cm wide. Photo by C. Stefano. (UM4457)

SPOTLIGHT

The University of Michigan mineral collection is part of a long and distinguished mineralogical history at the University of Michigan. Three University of Michigan faculty members have been given the highest honor bestowed by the Mineralogical Society of America—the Roebling Medal—and there are nine minerals named after University of Michigan faculty and alumni.