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Volume 16, #2                       August 31, 2013

SMMP Meetings
Denver Agenda
President's Message
Meeting Minutes
Best Practices Project
SMMP Grant Program
SMMP Europe
Best Place to Donate
SMMP Affiliations
SMMP List Server

Paying Dues

Board of Directors

Virgil W. Lueth
New Mexico Bureau of Mines
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

Past President & Webmaster
Anthony R. Kampf
Natural History Museum
Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90007, USA

Vice President
Katherine Dunnell
Mineralogy Department
Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada

Jean F. DeMouthe
California Academy of Science
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Anna M. Domitrovic
6118 W. Lazy Heart Street
Tucson, AZ 85713, USA

Board Members:

Julian Gray
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Drive
White, Georgia  30120

Alan Hart
Department of Mineralogy
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD, England

Terri Ottaway
Gemological Institute of America
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA

Penny Williamson
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522, Australia


Date: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
Place: Denver Merchandise Mart
Board Meeting: 2:00 - 2:30 PM
Membership Meeting: 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Denver Exhibit: "Strange and Unusual Tourmalines"
Please contact Jean DeMouthe
if you are planning to participate in our society exhibit at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show.

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  1. Call to Order

  2. Introductions

  3. Approval of the Tucson Meeting Minutes

  4. Treasurer's Report

  5. Membership Report

  6. Collections/Curators Committee Report

  7. Education Committee - Denver exhibit; Tucson program and case

  8. SMMP Grant Program Report

  9. Best Practices Initiative

  10. Best Place to Donate

  11. New Business

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 Greetings from the "Land of Enchantment,"
We are breaking ground on our new facility here at NM Tech and I'm feverishly getting ready for the second moving of our collections in my tenure. Not looking forward to the mechanics of moving but a new facility is exciting - almost doubling our gallery and storage space. Moving does have its advantages though. We are in the middle of a complete inventory and evaluation of our holdings so it is good to see everything again; albeit nearly 20 years since the last time I saw some of these pieces up close and not just glancing through a drawer!
I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Denver this September. As you know, the show committee revamped the invitation and reimbursement system this year. Whitey Hagadorn (Denver Museum of Natural History and Science) has served as the liason between the Show Committee and SMMP. I greatly appreciate Whitey's efforts on behalf of both entities. Undoubtedly it has caused some confusion and concern among us but we must also keep in mind the needs and machinations of the Show Committee who is charged with planning the entire show. Our meeting should serve as a sounding board on what is working and what may need some more tweaking.
Mary Johnson compiled the recent survey she initiated about donation policies at member museums. This was done informally through our list server and the response by the membership was excellent. Check out the results at the link presented later in this newsletter.
I will be attending the AGI (American Geological Institute) Member Society Meeting at the Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver this year in October. AGI provides our website space and works to coordinate outreach among the variety of earth science organizations. I have provided them information for public dissemination about SMMP to be exhibited at the meeting. If anyone is at the GSA meeting and would like to attend the breakfast meeting with me, let me know and I'll make arrangements.

Bien viaje  (pleasant journey),
Virgil Lueth, President


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February 2013

Click on the link above to view the minutes.

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The first "best practices" documents about research sampling of collections are posted on the SMMP website:

BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 1: Research Sampling of Collections


We are looking for more in the series - please submit your idea to the board at the Denver meeting or contact Virgil Lueth (

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The SMMP Grant Program Awards are to support curatorial research and methodologies that address one or more of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) mission statement goals: 1) foster recognition of mineral science collections as essential scientific, educational and cultural resources, 2) promote support for growth, maintenance and use of collections and exhibits and, 3) advance museum practice through cooperation in the development, review and dissemination of information. Amounts vary up to a maximum of $1000 per grant. Grant awards determined by SMMP Board of Directors. Grant applications are available on request. Applications are due August 1st and award notification on October 1st. Guidelines are available on our website:

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SMMP Europe 2013 Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

We will, as in previous years, be organising a meeting of the SMMP(Europe) and IMA-CM during the Munich Mineral Show. However this year will be slightly different than previous years.
     We will start proceedings on Friday 25th October with a meeting of the SMMP/IMA-CM beginning at 16:00 and running to 17:00. This will be followed by a half-hour presentation and discussion by Christoph Keilmann entitled "The Story of the Munich Mineral Show Special Exhibition and Working with Museums in the Future". We conclude our afternoon with a meeting of the Working Group Mineralogical Museums and Collections of Germany which will run from 17:30 to 18:30. All three meetings will be held in the International Press Reception Room on the Ground Floor at the East Entrance.
     As part of the Show's 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Herr Keilmann will be reserving VIP places for all attendees of the meetings at a buffet reception at the Messe after the meetings. In addition, all meeting attendees will be given a VIP Pass covering four days at the Show. To obtain your pass ally with you name and museum to

Peter Davidson

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IMA 2014

21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA2014) will be hosted in South Africa from September 1 to 5, 2014. Early registration closes on January 15, 2014. The IMA Meeting, which takes place every four years, brings together mineral scientists and curators from around the world. Many interesting field trips are planned. For more information, click on the link above.

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Mary Johnson began a survey of our membership in order to compile donation information for museums. The results of her survey are available on an excel spreadsheet. To download this spreadsheet, click on the link above.

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American Geological Institute (AGI)

Natural Science Collections Alliance NSCA)

Although the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals maintains no official ties with the Commission on Museums (CM) of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), the Commission resolved at its December, 2000, meeting in Melbourne, Australia, to support SMMP's efforts in uniting mineral museum professionals worldwide.

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You are encouraged to interact with your fellow SMMP members via our list server:

Please remember that when you reply to an email sent via our list server, you will be replying to the sender, although you have the option of copying the membership.

Tony Kampf processes additions to and deletions from the list server. That way we limit the list to our membership and if a member decides that they want to be dropped from the list, Tony will know whether to send them the SMMP Newsletter by snail mail. Note that you are only able to send via the list server from your email address that is on the list server. This should be the same one that is used in our on-line roster.

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SMMP dues are $10.00 U.S., payable to Anna Domitrovic, treasurer, 6118 W. Lazy Heart Street, Tucson, AZ 85713. Any directory changes or additions should be sent to Tony Kampf. In Europe, dues can be remitted to Peter Davidson, National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, SCOTLAND.

To make paying your dues easier (especially for non-US members), a PayPal account has been established and installed on our website. You can use your credit card or your own personal PayPal account. Just go to our Dues webpage.

Note that you can check your dues payment status on the SMMP on-line roster. The year shown in the last column indicates the last year for which you have paid. If you are delinquent, please remit your dues payment as soon as possible.

Remember to renew your membership. If you are planning to pay dues at the Denver meeting, help Anna by filling out a membership application with your dues payment. Do it beforehand and save time at the meeting!


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