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George M. Schwartz papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 188

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, a personnel file, publications, project research and reports. The projects were conducted in Michigan, South Dakota, West Virginia, Colorado, Tennessee, and primarily, Minnesota. Also, there are papers about the U.S. Geological Survey, eastern Mesabi taconite, and the chief consolidated mine. Most notably, the collection contains his field notebooks from his studies of Minnesota geology and mineralogy.


  • 1918-1970


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of George M. Schwartz (1892-1980)

George Melvin Schwartz was born on September 23, 1892 in Oakfield, Wisconsin (1). He earned his B.A. in 1915 and M.A. in 1916 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1), and his Ph.D in 1923 from the University of Minnesota (2). In 1919, he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as an instructor of geology and mineralogy. Dr. Schwartz was promoted to assistant professor in 1928, associate professor in 1934 and professor in 1944. He retired from the university as professor emeritus in 1961 (1).

In 1922, Dr. Schwartz began working on the Minnesota Geological Survey, and was appointed as the director in 1947 (1). In 1948, he coordinated the creation of a topographical mapping program of Minnesota, and in 1954, he and a fellow colleague assembled a map of Minnesota's mineral resources, the first map of its type published in the state. He retired as the director of the Minnesota Geological Survey in 1961. George M. Schwartz died on December 23, 1980 (1). He was internationally recognized for his studies in ore microscopy, mineral deposits, and field problems related to economic materials, as well as his accelerated geological mapping program and study of iron ore, anorthosite, copper-nickel, sand and gravel deposits in the state of Minnesota.


(1) Biographical File, Schwartz, George M., Information files collection, University Archives.

(2) Commencement Program, 1923.


1.20 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)


Collection contains the papers of George M. Schwartz, professor emeritus of geology at the University of Minnesota and director of the Minnesota Geological Survey. These papers cover research and reports for a variety of geological and mineralogical projects conducted in Minnesota and other states across the U.S., as well as professional and personnel materials.


The papers are arranged in the following series:
  • Projects, Research, and Reports
  • Professional Material

Source of acquisition

This collection was donated in two accessions. The first accession was donated on May 9, 1966 and the second accession was donated on January 28, 1971.

Processing Information

This processing project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society (2021-2022).
George M. Schwartz papers
Karen Spilman; Katelyn Morken; Adriana Esparza
April 2005; April-June 2021
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Revision Statements

  • April-June 2021: Contents list added, notes updated

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