Doris Biggs of Lancaster, Pennsylvania served 1965-1969 as Editor of the Keystone Newsletter of the Mineralogical Society of Pennsylvania (MSP) and later as its President. Husband George and son Doug became enthusiastic mineral collectors as well; together the family frequented local quarries in eastern Pennsylvania and attending mineral lectures and bourses sponsored by MSP.
In 1967, the family found alpine-type mineralization in a freshly blasted area of the Keystone Trappe Rock quarry at Cornog, Pennsylvania. Specimen
material from this pocket, which included byssolite-included quartz,
axinite, adularian orthoclase, albite, fluorapatite, clinozoisite,
prehnite, pyrite and pyrrhotite, quickly gained the attention
of Arthur Montgomery (then at Lafayette College), Smithsonian curator Paul Desautels and other museum curators in the Northeast. By
trading Cornog material with these curators, the Biggs family acquired a
number of cabinet-size mineral specimens from classic localities.
About the same time, the Biggs family purchased a collection of several
hundred Cornwall, Pennsylvania specimens from the late Ez Carpenter (Bethlehem
Steel Company). Their collection then grew through collecting trips to
Ohio, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Ontario and Quebec, and with
travel to regional and national mineral shows, from 1967 through the
When Doris and George moved into a retirement community in 1996, they
sold their Pennsylvania mineral collection to Jay Linninger, and most of the rest of their collection to Lawrence Conklin. After Jay's death, the Cornog, Corwall and other Pennsylvania material that had originally
been in the Biggs collection was disposed at public auction in May 2005.
Doug Biggs retained about 100 favorite pieces from worldwide localities, and since 1996 he has re-invigorated the family collection, so that it now includes cabinet specimens from worldwide localities.
For more information, contact Doug by email at Texas A&M University
(firstname.lastname@example.org; dba Upper Crust Fine Mineral Specimens).
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