How to Contribute
The objects related to the history of mineralogy and crystallography are distributed among museums, institutes and collectors worldwide. In the Virtual Museum we bring together photos and descriptions of representative historical objects and present them in a systematic way. We hope this virtual collection can help anyone interested in the history of mineralogy and crystallography gain a better
understanding of the evolution of these sciences.
This goal can only be achieved with the help of many who are
willing to share photos and descriptions of their own treasures
If you are willing to share photos and information with
the Virtual Museum, please read the following recommendations describing how to submit your information.
To include an object in the collection, we need a description
of the object and one or more photos to present it to the
The physical description of the objects must include the material(s)
from which they are made, dimensions, indication of the main parts or
typical features, signatures. If an instrument is kept in the
original case, this must also be described (material and dimensions).
If an object is signed
please reproduce the exact signature
on the object. If signed in majuscules, please reproduce the
signature text in majuscules.
We use the metric system to indicate the dimensions
of objects in the VMHM. For instruments and related objects
this will usually be centimeters (cm); for books we use millimeters
In case of antiquarian books
we need a thorough description
of the book. This includes not only information such as title,
author, pages, but also a complete collation of your copy.
Dating of objects
Dating an instrument is not always easy. When an
instrument is signed, one has at least an idea of the time interval
in which it may have been manufactured. Publications in
the literature can also help indicate a time period when
an instrument was in use (year it was invented, used, discussed,
etc.). Please be as realistic as possible when assigning a date
or date interval to your object.
We attach great importance to photos because they are very useful
in describing an object. Send as many
images as you deem necessary to clearly visualize the object.
Large size photographs are preferred as they allow us some editing and enhancement.
Literature references are highly appreciated. Please use the
- for books:
Author (year) Title, Place of publication.
example: Tutton, A.E.H. (1911) Crystallography and Practical
Crystal Measurement, London
- for publications in journals:
Author (year) title, Journal, volume, issue,
example: Burchard, U. (1998) History and Development
of the Crystallographic Goniometer, The Mineralogical
Record, 29, 517-583.
Please let us know if you would like to be listed as the owner of the object you are proposing to be included in the VMHM collection.
Do you want
- to remain anonymous
- to be included in the list of contributors
- your name to be mentioned with your object
- a link to your website, or to your e-mail-address
Please let us know if you wish to have copyright on the photographs
and descriptive text that you provide to the VMHM. If you want
to have copyright, we will include a statement in the style:
© owner name, institution, city, country
If you do not indicate copyright information, the
copyright rests with the VMHM.
We are not responsible for any effect whatsoever resulting from the posting of your
information on our site. We are not responsible for any misuse of
this information in any way.
If you still have questions or suggestions, do not hesitate
to contact us
We hope to hear from you soon and appreciate your cooperation!