The New York State Museum is one of the oldest state museums in the United States.
For over 150 years, the Museum has been the repository for materials representing the natural and cultural
heritage of the State.
The New York State Museum has several collections of geological specimens. The mineral specimens are
sub-divided into collections from New York and non-New York localities. Other geologic collections
include rocks, ores and related specimens and artifacts, gems, meteorites, diamond drill core, oil
and gas well drill cuttings, and fossils.
The purpose of this catalog is to provide current information about the New York minerals held by the New York State Museum. It has been updated since the first directory was assembled in 1998 and contains many corrections, as well as, new entries of specimens added to the collection since that first edition. The process continues as new species are discovered, discredited or reassigned through an on going analysis of our collection (see the "What's New" pages in this website.) Examples of such changes would be specimens formerly listed under scapolite being reassigned as meionite or marialite depending on their optical properties. This work will continue and as important discoveries are made, they will be noted on this website. The minerals in this catalog are organized alphabetically by species and subdivided by variety. The specimens are listed alphabetically by county, then town within each group of mineral species. The specimen number and the habit of the mineral are listed as is the source of the specimen if known. The Glossary of Mineral Species, Fifth Edition (Fleischer, 1986) was used as a standard for valid species names. However, the user of this directory will note the inclusion of some obsolete and discredited terms. For example, the name "chlorite" is used as a species name if the specimen is not identified sufficiently to specify which of the chlorite group minerals it actually is. Where the composition of a member of a solid solution series is known, the specimen is listed under the appropriate name. If the composition is unknown, the mineral is listed under the broader group name. For example, andradite and grossular are recorded separately from garnet. Also although not minerals, sensu stricto, a small number of organic specimens are listed. Corrections or additions to this list are actively solicited and should be brought to the attention of the Curator of Geology, New York State Geological Survey, Room 3140, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230.