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COLLECTIONS POLICY PROJECT
At the 2004 Tucson SMMP meeting, there was a call for compiling Museum
Collections Policies. Patty Frisch kindly volunteered to head up this project.
The policies of responding institutions are posted on the SMMP website at:
If you want your museum policy online, please send the URL to Patty Frisch and
she will add it to the collection. Otherwise you are welcome to email it to her
or send a paper copy.
Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801, USA
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SMMP LIST SERVER
are encouraged to interact with your fellow SMMP members via our list server:
when you reply to an email sent via our list server,
you will be replying to the sender, although you have the option of copying the
Tony Kampf will continue to process additions to and
deletions from the list server. That way we can limit
the list to our membership and if a member decides that they want to be dropped
from the list, Tony will know whether to send them the
SMMP Newsletter by snail mail. Note that henceforth you will only be able to
send via the list server by using your email address that is on the list server.
This should be the same one that is used in our on-line roster.
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Click on the
links below to go to the minutes:
MINUTES OF THE
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American Geological Institute (AGI)
Government Affairs Program
International Geoscience Advisory Committee
Collections Alliance NSCA)
Although the Society of Mineral
Museum Professionals maintains no official ties with the
Commission on Museums
(CM) of the
International Mineralogical Association
(IMA), the Commission resolved at its December, 2000, meeting in Melbourne,
Australia, to support SMMP's efforts in uniting mineral museum professionals
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Colorado School of Mines
A ribbon-cutting and dedication reception for
the Betty H. Llewellyn Special Exhibit Room at the Geology Museum of the
Colorado School of Mines will be held on Wednesday night, September 14, 2005,
from 7 10 p.m. The facility is located at 1310 Maple Street in Golden,
Colorado. Hors doeuvres, cash bar and silent auction will be available.
The Museum is located across from the
Steinhauer Field House. A detailed CSM map is available at
www.mines.edu/csm_maps/. For further information, contact: Paul Bartos (303)
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smmp grant program
Awards are to support
curatorial research and methodologies that address one or more of the Society of
Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) mission statement goals: 1) foster
recognition of mineral science collections as essential scientific, educational
and cultural resources, 2) promote support for growth, maintenance and use of
collections and exhibits and, 3) advance museum practice through cooperation in
the development, review and dissemination of information. Amounts vary up to a
maximum of $1000 per grant. Grant awards determined by SMMP Board of Directors.
Grant applications are available on request.
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals grants are
awarded to museum curators or staff who are members of the SMMP or under the
guidance of an SMMP member. Proposals from sponsored students are considered
along with those from professional curators.
A final report providing results of the project and
including an accounting of grant funding expenditures is required. Portions of
the report deemed to be of general interest to SMMP members may be published
in the SMMP Newsletter.
Funds are intended for equipment, staffing, travel and/or
supplies to accomplish the tasks defined by the proposal. Money will not be
provided for specimen acquisition.
At the beginning of each fiscal year, the amount to be
allocated to grants during that year will be decided by the Board of
Directors. The number of grants awarded during that year will be limited by
the funds allocated.
The funds available for grants will be decided annually,
based on the recommendation of the Treasurer. Individual grant amounts are
limited to a maximum of $1,000 per grant.
The Board of Directors will evaluate the proposals and
determine the amount to be awarded to each successful proposal.
The grant funding cycle begins in
February after the Tucson meeting. Applications can be made anytime within the
fiscal year. Grant proposals are due by August 1st with a October 1
Projects should be completed within a year of grant
award. Projects can be extended an additional year, without additional
funding, by notifying the Board of Directors and providing a budget report.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TEXT FORMAT OF PROPOSALS & LETTERS OF
Text Format of Proposals
the proposed work (1 paragraph 200 words maximum)
Problem/purpose of study
publications or presentations at professional meetings
budget; items should be clearly identified and described in the text;
references cited in the proposal
Reference Letters (at least 2 required)
If a student or intern, at least one letter of reference
must be from the students advisor, stating the intent to supervise the
At least one letter of reference must be from a current
member of the SMMP.
Letters should describe the significance of the proposed
Letters should comment on the adequacy of the purpose and
scope of the study, of the plan of study, and of the methods of study with
respect to the mission of the SMMP.
Proposals are to be
evaluated and independently ranked by each member of the SMMP Board of
Directors. Each member of the board is free to use their own judgment in
evaluating proposals beyond the general guidelines given above. Any board member
that provides a letter of reference is ineligible to evaluate that proposal. The
board will strongly consider well thought-out proposals and innovative proposals
not apt to receive conventional support. Proposal writers should consider the
Is the scope of proposed work compatible with the time
Does the proposal tie-in to ongoing work of curatorial
Does the proposal have the potential for making a
contribution in one or more of the SMMP mission statements?
A bibliography of the applicants publications.
A list of potential publications or papers presented at
Applicants participation and contributions to the SMMP
and curation community.
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are $10.00 U.S., payable to Anna Domitrovic, treasurer, Arizona-Sonora Desert
Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, 85743. Any directory changes or
additions should be sent to Tony Kampf. In Europe,
dues can be remitted to Peter Davidson, National Museums of Scotland,
Edinburgh EH1 1JF, SCOTLAND.
Note that you can check your dues
payment status on the SMMP on-line roster. The year shown in the last column indicates
the last year for which you have paid. If you are delinquent, please remit your
dues payment as soon as possible.