Arizona Geological Society is grateful to Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. for their generous support of our student members!
Freeport-McMoRan is sponsoring student dinners for the 2015 AGS monthly meetings.
status of the Lindgren collection is being addressed by a small
committee of AGS members in collaboration with Mark Barton at the
University of Arizona. The collection comprises rock and mineral
specimens collected through the career of Waldmar Lindgren in his 31
years as a USGS geologist and from 1912 until his retirement, as a
professor of geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The
collection of over 10,000 specimens was shipped to Tucson in 2001 with
the funding provided by the Arizona Geological Society and the Tucson
Gem and Mineral Society. Stored for over 12 years in a federally owned,
weather proofed storage building at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Research Center at the University of Arizona, the AGS has begun to
explore the fate of the collection and how best it could suit the needs
of the geologic community.
Bruce Walker with an example of a Mineral Specimen
from the Lindgren Collection
committee comprised of Carl Bowser, Stan Evans, Rachel Feuerbach, Dick
Jones, Bob Kamilli, and Bruce Walker recently reported to the AGS
Executive committee with suggestions about responsibilities of
interested parties, suggested disposition of the collection, and the AGS
involvement in bringing the collection to the attention of a larger
items that face the committee and AGS are: the establishment of a
working relationship with the U of A on the disposition and value of the
collection, the need for a formal written agreement with the U of A on
potential involvement of AGS in documentation of the collection,
establishing the value of the collection to the larger geologic
community, and the identification of a timetable for the proposed work
and setting of protocols for documentation and making the geologic
community aware of the collection.
Lindgren committee is strategizing arrangements with the U of A, and
setting documentation protocols, provided the collection is deemed
valuable enough to initiate the task of detailed cataloging. If and once
the AGS working group decides to proceed with the project the help of
volunteers with skills, such as, specimen examination and description,
photo documentation, database merging techniques, and web development
will be needed.