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Museum History

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum was officially founded in 1902, although the collection of minerals at Michigan Tech was well established by 1890. Professor A. E. Seaman was instrumental in building the collection beginning in the late 1880s and continued as the first curator of the museum until his death in 1937. The museum was named after him in 1932. Over the course of its humble beginnings it has progressively gone from a teaching collection to a “local” mineral museum to a museum of regional stature in the 1970s. During the past 50 years the museum has become nationally and internationally recognized and is among the best mineral museums in North America. More information is provided in Museum History (PDF) or by purchasing The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum—Its History and Collections by George W. Robinson and Robert Rann (including a CD with many pictures of minerals in the museum’s collection). Available in the Online store.

Seamanite, Bengal (Cannon) Mine, Iron County, Michigan (DM27927) named after museum founder A. E. Seaman. Field of View 3 cm wide. Photo by Jaszczak. Seamanite is exceedingly rare with only three localities in Michigan and one in Australia.