ESTABLISHED: December 4, 1935
FOUNDER: Mr. Arthur L. Flagg
ORGANIZATION: Non-Profit 501[c](3) Educational Organization. All contributions to MSA in the United States are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
PURPOSE/MISSION: To promote popular interest and education in Earth Science, and related fields (Geology, Mineralogy, Paleontology, and Lapidary arts); to foster a fellowship among individuals interested in Earth Science and enable our members to better identify materials we collect, and how to display or further process these materials; to teach all generations about rocks, minerals, fossils, and what can be done with them, and be collaborative in community of groups with similar interests to our Society.
MOTTO: EXPLORE <> SHARE <> INSPIRE
MILESTONE: Mineralogical Society of Arizona celebrates 85th birthday in 2020.
Born: June 29, 1883 Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island
Death: April 27, 1961 Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
“To All Who Are Inspired by the Beauties and Mysteries of the Mineral Kingdom” A. L. F.
Mineralogical Society of Arizona (MSA) logo design is inspired by the following MSA members:
MSA Co-Founder and President Mr. Arthur L. Flagg, who serves as the rock foundation and prospecting roots of our society.
MSA President Dr. Raymond Grant whose presentation "Basalt to Wulfenite or How Arizona Got So Many Minerals" was inspiration for Chris Whitney-Smith's logo designs.
MSA President Mr. Chris Whitney-Smith, designer of MSA 75th Anniversary Pin and 2012 MSA logo, united symbolism of MSA and mineralogy and ultimately championed campaign to make Wulfenite the Official State Mineral of Arizona.
MSA Board Governor Mr. Don Boushelle, who designed Flagg Mineral Foundation's 2016 logo and whose distinguished artisan vision in collaboration with Chris Whitney-Smith, created in 2016 an MSA logo with symbolism that honors MSA history, pays tribute to MSA's enduring future and features a Red Cloud Wulfenite in support of Wulfenite as the Official State Mineral of Arizona.