George Frederick Kunz letters
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George Frederick Kunz letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932.
Title: George Frederick Kunz letters
Dates: 1886-1905
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0471

Biographical/Historical Note

George Frederick Kunz (1856-1932), a mineralogist and author, was the best known specialist of gems in the United States. He searched for and collected specimens, donating these collections to colleges and other institutions of learning. He was a gem expert for Tiffany & Co. in New York. He wrote several books and articles on gems and minerals.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters written to George Kunz from a number of Georgians concerning gem stones, minerals and a meteorite in Georgia. Correspondents include Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. and William Waring Habersham.


Index Terms

Corundum--Georgia--Atlanta.
Corundum--Georgia--Rome.
Diamonds--Georgia.
Garnet--Georgia--Rome.
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Gold mines and mining--Georgia.
Indians of North America--Antiquities.
Jones, Charles C., (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893.
Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932.
Letters (correspondence)
Meteorites--Georgia--Burke County.
Mineralogists.
Mineralogy.
Minerals--Georgia--Harlem.
Minerals--North Carolina--Wilkes County.
Opals.
Precious stones--Georgia.
Rubies.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from American Library Service, New York, NY.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], George Frederick Kunz letters, MS 471, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1967.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 
Item 1: Charles M. Harper letter to George F. Kunz, 1886 September 17 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent form Rome, Georgia. Regarding garnets and corundum found in the region.
 
Item 2: Charles M. Harper letter to George F. Kunz, 1886 October 5 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Rome, Georgia. Regarding garnets and corundum found in the region.
 
Item 3: Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. letter to George F. Kunz, 1887 December 31 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Augusta, Georgia. Regarding meteorite in Burke County, Georgia, and gold Native American ornament in his collection.
 
Item 4: Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. letter to George F. Kunz, 1888 January 9 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Augusta, Georgia. Regarding meteorite in Burke County, Georgia, and gold Native American ornament in his collection.
 
Item 5: William Waring Habersham letter to George F. Kunz, 1888 April 9 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Atlanta. Regarding Georgia diamond shipped to Kunz; gold mine and corundum near Atlanta; leaving for Montana to become Superintendent of rich gold and silver mines; minerals in Wilkes County, N.C.
 
Item 6: William Waring Habersham letter to George F. Kunz, 1888 May 1 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Atlanta. Regarding Georgia diamond shipped to Kunz; gold mine and corundum near Atlanta; leaving for Montana to become Superintendent of rich gold and silver mines; minerals in Wilkes County, N.C.
 
Item 7: R.K. Reaves letter to George F. Kunz, 1891 December 7 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Athens, Georgia. Regarding fine quality rubies, moon stones, garnets (rose and violet) and opals (soft) he has for sale, and his mining properties. Reaves was with the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
Item 8: R.K. Reaves letter to George F. Kunz, 1891 December 28 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Athens, Georgia. Regarding fine quality rubies, moon stones, garnets (rose and violet) and opals (soft) he has for sale, and his mining properties. Reaves was with the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
Item 9: J.D. Yearington letter to George F. Kunz, 1892 January 21 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from New York. Regarding Reaves' rubies and corundum.
 
Item 10: John W. Bell letter to George F. Kunz, 1905 September 25 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Harlem, Georgia. Is sending Kunz some gems for evaluation.