Abstract of a poster presented at the meeting of the International Mineralogical
Association in Pisa, Italy, on September 4 - 9, 1994
SUPPORTING MINERAL COLLECTIONS: A ROLE FOR THE SOCIETY OF MINERAL MUSEUM
DeMouthe, J. F.
(California Acad. of Sci., San Francisco, CA, USA), Harlow G. E., (American Museum of Nat.
Hist., New York, NY, USA), and Francis C. A. (Harvard
Univ. Mineral. Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA)
Mineral collections and the mineralogists who curate them play a primary role in
mineralogy, through exhibitions, education of the public, scientific research and the
support of research by providing specimens, data and information. Museums are under
increasing pressure to justify their function and mission which requires museum
professionals to communicate more effectively among themselves and with the public,
supporters and those who utilize their collections. Likewise, museum mineralogists need to
coordinate their activities to be more effective.
The Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP), formerly Mineral Museums Advisory
Council (MMAC), aims to meet these challenges in a variety of ways. The mission of the
society is to "foster recognition of mineral science collections as essential
scientific, educational and cultural resources; to promote support for growth, maintenance
and use of collections and exhibits; to advance museum practice through cooperation in the
development, review and dissemination of information."
Current activities and projects of the Society include:
Presently the Society is predominantly a North American organization, but it looks
forward to a broader membership and seeks cooperation with other organizations around the
world. Further information and membership forms are available through the authors.