The University of Michigan mineral collection was initiated in 1838 and peaked in prestige and size in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection includes many historic specimens collected from late 1700s to early 1900s. The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum shares responsibility and co-ownership of the University of Michigan mineral collection under the Michigan Mineral Alliance.
The museum features:
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.