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George Frederick Kunz Correspondence,

Identifier: MSS-182-SC

Scope and Content

This small collection contains letters written to Kunz by numerous gem brokers, mineralogists and agents concerning mineral transactions. Transactions include turquoise from Santa Fe, "ore" from Glorieta and "meteorites" from Albuquerque. One letter describes the discovery and offer of sale to Kunz of a mastadon near Taos. In another, Santa Fe turquoise dealer Thos. Moore, Sr., invites Kunz to ask Maj. Powell, head of the U.S. Geological Survey, about his background. All of the letters are directed to Kunz; there is no return correspondence from him.


  • 1885-1904


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

George Frederick Kunz, A.M., Ph.D., Sc.D, (1856-1932), was an American mineralogist and gem expert. Beginning his career in Colorado, he worked primarily on the East Coast. During his career, he served as Vice-President of Tiffany & Co. (1879-), U.S. Geological Survey special agent (1883-1904), President of the New York Mineralogical Club, and honorary curator, Department of Precious Stones, American Museum of Natural History, New York City. The mineral kunzite is named after him. He published several books and numerous articles on mineralogy and dozens of reports for the U.S. Geological Survey.


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This is a small collection of letters from gem brokers, mineralogists and agents in New Mexico addressed to George Frederick Kunz, gem expert and curator in New York City.

Related Material

George Frederick Kunz Papers, 1879-1932 American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York. George Frederick Kunz Collection, 1883-1910, Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado.
Finding Aid of the George Frederick Kunz Correspondence, 1885-1904
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131