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James McGlasson
(1948-    )

James Archer "Jim" McGlasson was born in Houston, Texas on April 18, 1948, the son of Ellen May McGlasson, formerly an engineering graduate of Rice University, and Sydney George McGlasson, a Civil Engineer for Sinclair Oil Company. Jim grew up in the Spring Branch area of Metro Houston (west Houston). His father knew a geologist, Dr. Vietti, who worked for Texaco in Houston and he got Jim started in mineral collecting when he was in grade school. By the time he was in high school he was a member of the Canadian Mineralogical Society, and was competing in the thumbnail class (junior division in the Texas Federation). In 1965 he won first place in both Thumbnails (J2) and Small Cabinet Specimens (J1) divisions at the Texas Federation Show.

Jim has a liking for gemstones, and in 1966 he completed the Gemological Institute of America's Colored Stones Course. In 1971 he graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with a BS degree in Geology and a minor in Mining Engineering, then went on to earn his Master's Degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines in 1976. He worked for Phelps Dodge Corp (Western Nuclear) in Spokane, Reno, and Denver from 1974 to 1985, and since then has worked as a consulting exploration geologist to various client companies including IMDEX Inc. and MAG Silver in Mexico. One of his current projects is in the famous Batopilas district.

He first began dealing in minerals in 1979 when, at the urging of his friends Sid Williams and Robert Jenkins, he got a room on the second floor (last room on the end) of the Desert Inn during the Tucson Show. He has been involved in the Tucson Show as a dealer ever since. He started out as a species dealer but has had to diversify because of the general trend away from species collecting and the corresponding decline in the number of potential customers. Micromounts have also become an important area for him. He generally has dealer space at the Tucson Show, and has at times done the Denver September Show, the Rochester Symposium, the Socorro Symposium, and an occasional other small local show (depending on work constraints). Jim has given numerous presentations as a speaker at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the New Mexico Symposium, the Arizona Symposium, the Cleveland Symposium, the Arthur Rowe Micromount Conference and several other venues.

Jim has moved around a lot (the different addresses helping to date his labels) and currently lives in Tucson, but in the course of his consulting work he travels considerably (usually being out of town 20-24 days per month) and has worked and field-collected in Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, Greenland, Canada, and central Europe. Jim has also collected turquoise crystals and other associated phosphates at the Silver Coin mine in Nevada.

His personal collection is eclectic, with lots of rare microcrystalline species, and he is especially fond of wulfenites from various locations, tellurates/tellurites, mercury oxysalts, tin minerals, and silver sulfosalts. His collection is naturally heavy in specimens from localities near where he has lived in Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico.

Dates of addresses on labels:

1948-1966: Houston, Texas
1966-1968: Socorro, New Mex.
1968-1969: Grants New Mex.
1969-1971: Socorro, New Mex.
1971-1974: Golden, Colorado
1974-1977: Spokane, Wash.
1978-1980: Reno, Nevada
1981-1995: Littleton, Colorado
1995 to present: Tucson, Ariz.

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