Welcome to the Gilles O. Allard Economic Geology collection, part of the University of Georgia Museum of Natural History holdings. The Allard Collection was donated to the museum in 1992 by Gilles Allard, and curation has been ongoing since then. The collection contains sample suites from over 650 mines on six continents, including many world-class systems. As pointed out by Peter Laznicka in the April 2004 SEG Newsletter, literally thousands of world class mineral deposits are now inaccessible, such that the only remaining samples from these systems are those which have been collected and curated by those of us who have visited these mines.
During his 50+ year career as an explorationist and professor of Economic Geology, Gilles was always in the field, and invariably returned with wonderfully complete suites of rocks from a myriad of ore deposits. Gilles has always believed in looking at ore deposits as more than just ore, such that his sample suites always contain, in addition to ore samples, many samples of representative alteration as well as unaltered host rocks.
Gilles is now retired, but is still a presence in the department. He is the recipient of the Duncan Derry medal of the GAC, the A.O. Dufresne award of the CIM, the Grand Prix de Mérite award of the AGGQ, and the Jean Descarreaux award of the AEMQ. He and his wife Bern still live in Athens.
The Allard collection curation effort is coordinated by Doug Crowe, who is a Professor in the Department of Geology. Support for the decades long curation of the collection has been provided by the UGA Museum of Natural History in the form of student interns. We are currently working on getting numerous donated suites of samples from our alums into the collection, and on photographing the entire collection sample by sample. If you want to help make the Allard Collection even better and are in a position to contribute well annotated materials, contact Doug!