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The Everett Hayes Collection 1976

Last Updated: 7th Dec 2012

By Larry Maltby

Everett Hayes was a member of the Michigan Mineralogical Society. During the 60's and 70's he put together a very fine mineral collection. In July of 1976, I had the opportunity to photograph the specimens that are shown here. In October of that year, I ran into Everett at the Greater Detroit Gem and Mineral Show. To my surprise, he told me that he had just sold his entire collection to a dealer. Within another year he had passed away.

This sort of illustrates the temporary nature of private collections. Minerals have a way of coming together, being dispersed, and then coming together again. Good specimens have a life of their own, moving from collector to collector as time passes.

Putting Everett's collection back together and posting it here, has several points of interest. The specimens themselves are beautiful to see again. The collection represents a point in time. It illustrates what was available during the 60's and 70's and what locations were producing at the time.

The labels are recorded here just as they appeared on the shelves of Everett's cabinets. You will notice that they do not meet today's standards. Even the labels represent a point in time.

Amethyst, Guerrero, Mexico
Topaz, Villa Rica, Brazil

Wulfenite, Los Lamentos, Mexico
Memitite, Chihuahua, Mexico

Wulfenite with Memitite, San Francisco Mine, Mexico
Rhodochrosite, Alma, Colorado

Fluorite, Switzerland
Topaz, Karoi, South Rhodesia

Tourmaline in Quartz, Santa Rosa Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Tourmaline, Stewart Mine, Pala, California

Wulfenite, Defiance Mine, Gleeson, Arizona
Inesite, Trinity Co. California

Barite on Calcite, Elk Creek, Meade Co. South Dakota
Detail of Barite Crystal group

Smithsonite, Tsumeb, South West Africa
Smithsonite, Tsumeb, South West Africa

Microcline, Colorado
Adamite, Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico

Euclase, Sao Sebastiao do Maranhao, Minas Gerias, Brazil
Legrandite, Mapimi, Mexico

Rhodochrosite, Hotazel, South West Africa
Rhodocrosite, Argentina

Chalcotrichite on copper, Ray Mine, Arizona
Malachite on calcite, Tsumeb, South West Africa

Vanadinite, Mibladen, Morocco
Cobaltoan Calcite, Bou Azer, Morocco

Copper in calcite, Keweenaw Co. Michigan
Apophyllite on heulandite, Khadakwasla, India

Beryl, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Anhydrite, Nacia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Tourmaline, Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California

Copper, Ajo, Arizona

Linarite, Graham Co. Arizona
Scolecite, San Francisco de Paula, Brazil

Beryl (Var. Morganite) Pala, California
Barite, Gaskins Mine, Pope Co. Illinois

Chabazite with Stilbite, Two Islands, Nova Scotia
Chabazite and Stilbite detail

Wulfenite, San Francisco Mine, Mexico
Hemimorphite, Esmeraldo Mine, Durango, Mexico

Pyromorphite, Wheatley Mine, Pennsylvania
Roselite, Bou Azer, Morocco

Smithsonite, Tsumeb, South West Africa
Strontainite, Hardin Co. Illinois

Silver, Batopilas, Mexico
Gold, Calaveras Co. California

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Lovely photos.
I like the thoughts and message behind the whole article. You must have liked Everett very much and I am sure that he would appreciate the effort that you have taken.


Keith Compton
7th Dec 2012 9:47pm
I am glad you liked the pictures, Keith.
Thanks for the comment.


Larry Maltby
8th Dec 2012 2:13am
Great collection, thanks for sharing.
John Montgomery

John Montgomery
12th Dec 2012 4:01pm
Great photo's. Thank you. It would be very helpful if you could put dimensions into the captions or somewhere.
David K. Joyce

David K. Joyce
7th Jan 2013 12:12am

When I photographed the collection in 1976, I did not record the size of the specimens. They were dispersed to many other collectors long ago. As I remember they ranged from small cabinet to medium cabinet in size. They did not require magnification for good viewing.


Larry Maltby
8th Jan 2013 3:44pm
Wonderful documentation of a collection and collector I never had the pleasure to see in real life.
Your photographs are excellent for this time period.
My first mineral bok with extraordinary mineral photography I got in 1969 written and photographed by two German authors/photographers with some for me most fascinating specimens. Besides that one, few from this time with good photography.
Many thanks for notifying me of this page Larry.
Will you be in Muncher or Tucson?
Kind regards

Peter Lyckberg
18th Oct 2017 1:14am

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