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Mineral Collections in the American Midwest, Sup to Jul-Aug 2015 Vol 46 no 4.1

by Terry Huizing & Wendell Wilson (Eds.)

Mineral Collections in the American Midwest, published as a supplement to the July-August 2015 issue of the Mineralogical Record, gives an exciting look at mineral specimens in the collections of 46 private individuals and four museums in the states of the American Midwest. At 240 pages, it contains nearly 600 gorgeous photos of superb mineral specimens from collections in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky (plus one just over the border in Tennessee). These are specimens that most collectors would never get to see unless they happened to be personal friends with the collectors whose minerals are featured, or unless they personally visit the Cranbrook Institute, the Wayne State University Museum, the Indiana State Museum and the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

The book begins with “A Brief History of Mineral Collecting in The American Midwest,” recounting some of the most famous collectors and dealers who operated in those states as early as 1820. The Midwest was not a focus of 19th-century mineral dealing like those that existed in New York and Pennsylvania; rather it was primarily the territory of the amateur mineralogist, the rockhound and the lapidary — especially following the end of World War II. Mines and quarries yielded minerals to the miners (especially in the Michigan Copper Country, where collecting was considered a basic right by the miners) and the visiting collectors on a small scale, and roadside mom-and-pop rock shops opened up throughout the Midwest. It was a good place for children to dig rocks, and for families to collect together. Clubs of rockhounds and collectors formed, and eventually joined together in the Midwest Federation. Local mineral shows across the Midwest flourished, giving collectors a chance to meet, compete with each other, and acquire new specimens. Today, much of that activity goes on, and many collections have become sophisticated in a distinctly Midwestern way.

Then follows the main body of the work: individual chapters on museum and on each collector or couple, with biographical notes on their collecting orientations and philosophies, and pictures of their specimens.

History of Mineral Collecting in the American Midwest
Wendell E. Wilson
4- 18
Articles on Midwestern Localities in the Mineralogical Record
The Collections
Steve Bussan
20- 23
Paul and Janet Clifford
24- 29
Kevin Conroy
30- 31
Anne and Bill Cook
32- 35
Cranbrook Institute of Science
36- 39
Chris Cubbison
40- 45
Dave and Karen DeBruin
46- 57
Jim Gebel
58- 71
Peter Giangrande
72- 75
Jean-Christophe Giron
76- 77
Gary Hansen
78- 83
Jack and Pete Heckscher
84- 87
John Hopkins
88- 91
Marvin Houg
92- 93
Terry Huizing
94- 101
Roy Hurlburt
102- 105
Indiana State Museum
106- 111
Dennis Kossow
112- 113
Joe Lottinville
114- 127
Larry Maltby
128- 133
Carolyn Manchester
134- 141
Mike Marino and Cindy Wargo
142- 149
John Medici
150- 155
Jay Medici
156- 159
Eric Medici
160- 161
Brett Medici
162- 163
Steve Neely
164- 169
Joel Perlmutter
170- 171
Melissa Perucca
172- 175
Harris Precht
176- 181
Hal Prior
182- 185
John Rakovan
186- 189
Deborah Decker Roman
190- 197
Tom Rosemeyer
198- 203
A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
204- 209
Jack and Carol Smith
210- 213
Jeff Spencer
214- 215
John and Judith Washburn
216- 221
Wayne State University
222- 225
Dan and Diana Weinrich
226- 231
Jeff Whaley
232- 237
Norm Woods
238- 238

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