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About MINERALOGICAL SOCIETY OF ARIZONA (MSA)

The MSA Club

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.

WEBSITE:  msaaz.org


Mr. Rockhound - Mr. Arthur Leonard Flagg

Born: June 29, 1883 Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island
Death: April 27, 1961 Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

Read Articles about Arthur L Flagg
  • BA Geology Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (1906)
  • Assayer Esmeralda Copper Company, Cherry Creek Mine, Yavapai County, AZ (1906 - 1907)
  • Mine Examiner Durango & Oaxaca, Mexico (1908 - 1912)
  • Mining Engineer Kelvin Sultana Copper Company, Pinal County, AZ (1913 - 1919)
  • Private Practice Licensed Mining Engineer, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona (1919 – 1953)
  • Founder Mineralogical Society of Arizona (MSA) (1935)
  • Founder Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies (RMFMS) (1941)
  • Author “Rockhounds & Arizona Minerals” (1944)
  • Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1944)
  • Superintendent Mineral Department Arizona State Fair (1946 - 1949)
  • Founder American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) (1947)
  • Mining Engineer Arizona Department of Mineral Resources (ADMR) (1949 - 1953)
  • First Curator Arizona Mineral Museum (AMM) (1949 - 1953)
  • Author “Mineralogical Journey in Arizona” (1958)
  • Flagg Mineral Foundation (FMF) A living memorial to Mr. Arthur L. Flagg (1962)
  • Flagg Gem and Mineral Show (FGMS) Sponsored by FMF in memoriam of Mr. Flagg (1970)
  • Earth Science Museum (ESM) Arizona Mr. Flagg’s Dream (Official 501[c](3) (2011) 

“To All Who Are Inspired by the Beauties and Mysteries of the Mineral Kingdom” A. L. F. 


The MSA Logo

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 who's 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 who's 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. 


MSA Members in Good Standing are Members by Affiliation of Following:



     




Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies (rmfms.org)



     

     




American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (amfed.org)


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Minerals Named in Honor of MSA Members

BOBJONESITE

BOBJONESITE, North Mesa No. 5 Mine, Emery County, Utah, USA.
Mr. Bob Jones
@MINDAT 
Photo courtesy of RRUFF.info

RAYGRANTITE

RAYGRANTITE, Evening Star Mine, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA.
Dr. Raymond W. Grant
@MINDAT
Photo courtesy of Hon. Joe A. Ruiz

RUIZITE

RUIZITE, Christmas Mine, Gila County, Arizona, USA.
Hon. Joe A. Ruiz
@MINDAT
Photo courtesy of Mr. Harvey Jong

RONGIBBSITE

RONGIBBSITE, Evening Star Mine, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA.
Mr. Ronald B. Gibbs
@MINDAT
Photo courtesy of RRUFF.info

ABOUT MSA

Mineralogical Society of Arizona's purpose is to promote interest and education in Earth Science, and related fields.

  • Field Trips
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Seminars, Symposiums and Shows

CONTACTS

MSAClub1935@msaaz.org
PO Box 54307
Phoenix, AZ 85078

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