The legacy of the University of Michigan mineral collection is preserved through shared responsibility and co-ownership under a 2015 legal agreement between the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan and the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech, termed the Michigan Mineral Alliance. The University of Michigan has a long and distinguished mineralogical history and the mineral collection is a part of this distinguished history. Prior to the Michigan Mineral Alliance the collection has been inaccessible for decades due to shifting trends in earth science and fiscal tightening of higher education. The Michigan Mineral Alliance ensures the legacy of the University of Michigan mineral collection through mutual consent between Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan. The alliance ensures the collection gets attention through being on exhibit on the campus of Michigan Tech, a part of a museum satellite exhibit on the campus of the University of Michigan and elsewhere. The University of Michigan mineral collection is housed and actively curated and managed by the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.
The University of Michigan mineral collection is part of a long and distinguished mineralogical history at the University of Michigan. Three University of Michigan faculty members have been given the highest honor bestowed by the Mineralogical Society of America—the Roebling Medal—and there are nine minerals named after University of Michigan faculty and alumni.