Published works on the curation and conservation of
mineralogical specimens are scarce. Of those which have been published, the
following are recommended as the best general references in the field.
Suggestions for additions to this bibliography are welcome and should be sent to
Anthony R. Kampf.
American Association of Museums and the Association of Art
Gifts of Property: A Guide for Donors and Museums.
American Association of Museums (1978)
American Institute of Conservation (1994) Code of Ethics
and Standards of Practice, published in the
Directory of the
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Washington, D.C., 21-34.
Brunton, C. H. C., Besterman, T. P., and Cooper, J. A.,
Guidelines for the Curation of Geological Materials.
Geological Society of London, Special Paper No. 17. [An excellent manual of
working techniques and procedures on a wide variety of topics.]
Croucher, R., and Wooley, A. R. (1982)
and Rocks: Collection and Preservation. British
Museum (Natural History) and Cambridge University Press, 60 p. [A useful
reference, although the coverage of minerals is very brief.]
DeMouthe, J. F. (2006).
Sources, Properties, and Uses. Butterworth -
Heinemann Series in Conservation and Museology, 384 p. [A guide to natural
materials in all their various forms, both natural and as they are likely to be
found in collections.]
Dunn, P. J., Bentley, R. E., and Wilson, W. E. (1981)
Mineralogical Record 12,
197-219. [Excellent reference on the techniques for faking mineral specimens and
Embry, P. G. (1987) Mineral curators: Their appointment and
Mineralogical Record 18, 389-390. [A brief, but
insightful, analysis of (and commentary on) the duties and responsibilities of a
mineral curator. This document was formally adopted by the Commission on Museums
Feldman, R. M., Chapman, R. E., and Hannibal, J. T. (eds.)
(1989; reprinted 1997) Paleotechniques. The
Paleontological Society, Special Publication no. 4, 358 p. [Great listing of
chemical and mechanical preparation techniques that are applicable to rocks and
minerals as well as fossils.]
Howie, Frank M. (ed.) (1992)
The Care and Conservation of Geological Materials - Minerals, Rocks, Meteorites
and Lunar finds. Butterworth
- Heinemann Series in Conservation and Museology,
138 p. [Excellent chapters on stability of minerals, effects of light on
collections, preserving sulfides, and hazards to those working with
Leavens, P. B., and Berrett, K. R. (1997) Mineral specimen
repair and restoration: Techniques and materials.
28, 87-94. [Good discussion of the techniques and materials used for mineral
specimen repair and restoration, with examples. Also some discussion of the
philosophical and ethical considerations. See also the editorial
specimen repair and restoration: An attitude check" by Kile and Wilson in the
Malaro, M. C. (1985)
A Legal Primer on
Managing Museum Collections. Smithsonian
Institution Press, 351 p.
Nudds, J. R., and Pettitt, C. W., eds.
Value and Valuation of Natural Science Collections.
Geological Society of London, 276 p. [Not just
minerals, but useful information.]
Pearl, R. M. (1975)
Preserving Minerals (Fourth revised edition).
Maxwell Publishing Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 86 p. [Although intended
for the amateur mineralogist / collector, a useful reference for the curator.]
Rose, C. L., and De Torres, A. R.,
Storage of Natural History Collections: Ideas and Practical Solutions.
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 343 p. [95 authors
present 113 short articles describing their solutions to storage problems.]
Rose, C. L., Hawks, C. A., and Genoways, H. H. (1995). Storage
of Natural History Collections: A Preventative Conservation Approach. Society
for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 458 p. [Provides the basic
information required to select storage approaches that are appropriate in a
particular set of circumstances, and to make informed judgments about all
aspects of collection environments.]
Sharpe, T. (1983)
Geology in Museums:
A Bibliography and Index. National Museum of
Wales, 128 p. [An extensive, though not exhaustive, bibliography of
Sinkankas, J. (1972)
Gemstone and Mineral
Databook. Winchester Press, 346 p. [A good
source for information on the properties of minerals including data on cleaning
and preserving minerals and detecting faked specimens.]
Thomson, G. (1986).
edition). Butterworth - Heinemann Series in Conservation and Museology, 308 p.
[Covers light, humidity, air pollution, problems and solutions.]
Thompson, J. M. A., ed. (1992)
Curatorship: A Guide to Museum Practice
Elsevier, 776 p. [A comprehensive reference on all aspects of curation, with
good treatments of management and conservation of mineral collections.]
Waller, R. (1980)
The preservation of
mineral specimens. American Institute of
Conservation, 8th annual meeting, Reprint 116-118. [The best general reference
in the field of mineral conservation.]
White, R.D., and Allmon, W.D., eds. (2000)
Guidelines for the Management and Curation of Invertebrate
Fossil Collections including a data model and standards for computerization.
The Paleontological Society, Special Publication volume 10, 358 p. [Good general
reference on managing collections.]
Wilson, W. E., and Currier, R. H. (2001) Mineral specimen
Mineralogical Record 32, 329-340. [A sometimes
humourous (in a dark sort of way) discussion of the calamities that can befall
mineral specimens at the hands of Man. The numerous tragic stories should serve
as a reminder of the damage even curators can cause, if we're not careful.]