The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc

Our History

The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc. was organized in 1950 as a nonprofit to bring about a closer association of Mineral Societies devoted to the study of geology, minerals, earth sciences and the practice of the lapidary arts and related crafts in the eastern portion of the United States.  Beginning with three “founding” Mineralogical Societies and seven “charter” Societies, the EFMLS currently (2021) has 107 affiliated societies, with a combined membership of approximately 10,000 individuals.

The Early Days

Unfortunately, little documentation exists regarding the period from inception in 1950 until the early 1960’s.  Even then, from 1960 – 1970, only a few documents are currently in the EFMLS Archives.

1967 the EFMLS was incorporated in the State of New York.  See Documents & Forms page.

**NOTE**  In 2020, the History/Archive Committee (President Nock & History Committee Chair, Alan Holmes) attempted the request for available documents/records known to exist in the personal files of long established Federation Personnel.  Unfortunately to no avail at this time.  A second request for documents/records was sent to all established Federation Personnel in early 2021.  Again, nothing.  These/All records of the EFMLS are the property of the Corporation and are not an individual’s personal property.  –SEE BELOW, Archives and History known to exist

The Great Rift

In 1975, several Societies in the southeastern U.S. decided to break from the EFMLS and form a new Federation, the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies (SFMS). Read more about the Great Rift


Last 50 Years

To give even a general timeline of history has proven to be very difficult.  Since the mid-70’s, we only have records of a few series of Bylaws Documents during the 80’s and early 90’s.  After 1995, when the Previous Bylaws Committee Chair took office, copies of these documents are not available.



“Can we as an organization navigate our future successfully, if we don’t know where we’ve been?”  Perhaps.  However, many EFMLS Members have made the case that our shared future could be made easier if we could piece together our past.

~ Alan Holmes, EFMLS Historian (2020-2021)

In 2020, the History/Archive Committee collected two-thirds of the existing historical documents and records and began the scanning process.  To date, the remaining one-third of the existing physical archives has not been received from the holder, Cheryl Neary, AFMS (American Federation) Central Office Board Member.