1999 GSA Annual Meeting -- Denver, Colorado

Abs. No. 50292

THE GEORGE F. KUNZ COLLECTION AT THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY LIBRARY

Author(s): HADDEN, R. Lee, US Geological Survey Library, Mail Stop 950, National Center, Reston, VA 20192, rhadden@usgs.gov.

Keywords: George F. Kunz, USGS Library

The George F. Kunz Collection is a significant special collection of many rare books, pamphlets, and other unique materials on the acquisition, collecting and lore of jewels and precious stones. Acquired by the US Geological Survey Library in 1933 after the death of George F. Kunz, a noted mineralogist and vice-president of the Tiffany & Co. of New York, the Kunz Collection today is fairly unknown outside of a small circle of gemologists, historians, and art collectors. In this paper, a short biography of George F. Kunz is given, as well as a description of the contents and scope of his collection held in the USGS Library. Some examples of the unique materials held in the collection are shown. How the Kunz Collection is used by library patrons and museums is also discussed. Appended to the paper is a bibliography of the works by and about Dr. Kunz.


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