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Contact Information

Mailing Address: MS Book and Mineral Company, P.O. Box 6774, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70606 USA

Telephone: Office Phone:  (337) 478 - 0669

Cell Phone:  (337) 292 - 6154.  Watch the top of the home page to know when I am traveling.  When I am on a trip, only the cell phone will reach me. Leave a message using either phone and I will return your call.  The recorder may be turned off at times with all the junk call aggravation.

Please call any weekday between the hours of 10am and 8pm CST.  I am usually available on Saturdays during morning hours.

Business e-mail:

If you have trouble reaching me by email, please call and I will give you my personal e-mail address.  We are currently having some known e-mail problems with Australian customers.

To place an order for any item on this website:

Send an e-mail with a list of the items you wish to purchase.  Most of the orders on this website are handled by e-mail.  Include any questions or concerns you have with your order.  Additional ordering details are given below.  If you have a question or need help finding something please let me know. 

If you prefer send a letter, or call me at one of the phone numbers listed above.  I am open for business generally from 10am to 8pm weekdays.  We are located in the Central Time Zone (USA).  I normally reply to orders, questions, or inquiries within 24 hours (unless I am away from the office). 

Many items are one-of-a-kind and are sold on a first come, first serve basis.  All orders are shipped promptly, usually within 24 hours to locations everywhere. If you are a repeat customer, please let me know of any changes to your shipping address, etc.

No catalog is ever perfectly accurate because inventory is changing as items are being sold, deleted, and added every day. 

Please report possible errors on this website, or if you find a dead link.

Payment Information 

We accept all of the following:

Preferred payment methods must be using U.S. currency via:

1. PayPal
2. Personal check drawn on a U.S. Bank
3. American Express
4. Master Card or Visa
5. Discover
6. Money Order or Cashier's Check (Drawn on American Express or a U.S. Bank)

Ordering Information

When ordering books:

Send an e-mail listing the:
1) catalog you are ordering from
2) author and title
3) price of the book  [It helps me a lot if you l
ist the catalog name for the books you order]

When ordering minerals, rocks, or ore samples:

Send an e-mail listing the:
1) specific minerals including ore samples have specific code numbers, rocks do not typically have numbers and are sold by name only
2) size (if applicable)
3) price of that item 
4) indicate the color preferred (if there is a choice).

When ordering fossil specimens:

Send an e-mail listing the specimen by:
1) name of specimen
2) code number
3) price for the specimen.

If you prefer to order any of the above by letter, or phone, please provide the same information.  Many customers e-mail their order and call with credit information.  If you use Paypal I will send you a Paypal invoice by email.   

Domestic Orders

Most orders are shipped the same day the order is placed when using a credit card or PayPal.  If you are a library located in the United States, please send a purchase order with your order.  We no longer accept purchase orders from anywhere outside the United States.

International Orders

Send your orders by e-mail, airmail, or by phone as indicated above.  Purchases are easiest to handle if you use PayPal or a credit card: Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.  Credit Cards based on the Euro are not accepted at this time.  If you wish to pay by check, it must be drawn on a U.S. Bank.  International postal money orders are usually no problem for payment, but payment by credit card is simpler and much quicker.  Postage charges are explained more completely below.

Shipping Information

All orders are shipped via the United States Postal Service, unless you prefer shipment via another carrier.  I charge exact shipping costs whether your package is shipped through the USPS (post office), UPS, Fedex, or other means.

If your package has a value of $200US or more, I will add insurance to protect both you and me.

Method of Shipping Estimated Days to Arrive Postage Costs2 Handling Charge3
USPS Media Mail1 4-10 $ 4 - 10 $ 0
USPS Priority4 2-3 $ 7 - 15 $ 0
FedEx 1-2 $ 25 and up $ 0
UPS 1-6 $ 20 and up $ 0
UPS International5 5-15 $ 45 and up $ 0

1 Most sale items are shipping by media mail.  This is the least expensive way to ship domestic orders of books.  We will send tracking information with each order.  Watch the tracking information closely.  Your package may be out for delivery, but may not be delivered that day for what reason.  Should this occur, contant your local post office with the tracking number to pick up the package within 5-10 days.  They apparently no longer try to attempt a second delivery.  After 15 days, they will return the package to me.   There have been a few problems lately.

2 The range in postal rates is determined by the weight of your package and the distance it travels.  Rates given above are for average shipments of 1 - 3 books of average weight.  Rates are still changing almost everyday.

3 Why no handling charge?  I appreciate your order and am happy to include extra services at no charge.  I wrap stuff very well with extra padding or even double boxing the shipment.

4 I will use whichever form of priority is least expensive.  If your package is very lightweight, I will ship by first class or priority.  If your package weighs more than 4 lbs. and is going to a domestic address, we use flat rate priority priced at $ 13 or so. 

5 All International shipments are now by airmail only.  When your package is lightweight, first-class airmail is used.  Some of these light weight packages can be shipped for only $10 or so.  When shipping 2 - 4 small books, they will be shipped by priority mail. Packages over 8 kilos will be shipped in a flat rate priority box for the great rate of about $55 for most countries; $45 to Canada and Mexico.  I recently shipped an insured, 12.5 kilo package (3 day delivery) by UPS to Perth, Australia.  It arrived in 3 days at a cost of $450.  Then it spent about 6 days in customs.  I shipped a package to Perth about 1 year earlier weighing 20 kilos for the same price.  Rates are fluctuating almost daily now.

Company Profile

MS Book and Mineral Company is named after me, its founder and owner, Mel Schmidt.  

I have been in business at this location for over 35 years.  I have studied geology and collected rocks for most of my life.  During the 1970's, I developed an interest in the history of mining and the exploration for new ore deposits.  I have collected ore samples, mineral specimens, and rare and out-of-print books on historical mining sites for over 40 years.  I am a retired University Professor and am now prepared to offer you the finest geology books, select minerals and ore specimens, and professional grade fossils.  Books are divided into their own specific catalogs, glacial, geomorphology, mineralogy, etc.

It all really started with a few rocks when I was a kid.  That was fine for a while but life would be better with a rock tumbler.  Later, when I was older, came a rock saw.  And then bigger rocks and bigger saws.  Sound familiar?  During my Professor years I gathered books I needed for research on mining areas.  To get some of the books I needed I had to purchase entire collections. One day I realized I had multiple copies of all kinds of stuff.  At that time the book company started to find new homes for the extras.  That grew until I was purchasing book collections constantly which in several cases weighed well over a ton.  So here I am with thousands of rocks, minerals, and books that are waiting for you to adopt them. 

I am interested in purchasing entire personal library collections in all fields of geology, mineralogy, paleontology, mining, petroleum, metallurgy, uranium, mining history, USGS, or the USBM.  I also specialize in international geological and mining publications.  My needs constantly change, so check the news page to see what I need at any particular time.  Send lists of what you would like to sell.  I now purchase material mainly from inviduals and less from libraries.  

I will travel to your location to pick up high quality minerals or books.

Please contact me if you are ready to sell your collection.  I will be able to place your minerals or books in the hands of people who need and will appreciate them.  I can not purchase every collection that comes along and must pick and choose carefully.

If you have a source of high-grade minerals or ore samples please contact me.

While visiting this website, if you find a link that does not work, or you find an error of some kind, please send me an email concerning the problem.  I appreciate hearing from visitors to this website. 


             Red Mountain 2, San Juan Mountains, SW Colorado, USA

My personal research interest is the mining history of the Western United States.  I am currently writing comprehensive books on the history of mines and town sites in each of the Western States.  If you have a similar interest or if you have pictures, mine records, data, or letters concerning any of the mines in the Western U.S. and are willing to share that information, I would like to hear from you.  Please send me an e-mail or, better yet, give me a phone call.  Yes, I have resumed writing a book on the Mines and Mining Districts of Colorado which takes a different approach to the subject.  I continue to collect historical documents toward that end.

Abbreviations used on this website

cl = cloth (regular hardback)

cl[2] = cloth (fine hardback version)

cl[3] = cloth (exceptionally fine hardback version with elevated ribbing on spines of books and publications, extra gold leaf, etc.)

pb = paperback

afb = acid-free binder

vg = very good condition

oop = out of print

ovg = otherwise very good

USGS = United States Geological Survey

PP = Professional Paper

B = Bulletin

C = Circular

IC = Information Circular

RI = Report of Investigation

OFR = Open File Report

USBM = United States Bureau of Mines

USPS = United States Postal Service

GPO = Government Printing Office

NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration

AIME = American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers

SEG = Society of Economic Geology

SEG2 = Society of Exploration Geophysics

AAPG = American Association of Petroleum Geologists

SME = Society of Mining Engineers

SEPM = Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists

AGU = American Geophysical Union

GSA = Geological Society of America

E&MJ = Engineering and Mining Journal

AIMM = Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

IAEA = International Atomic Energy Agency

AIG = Australian Institute of Geoscientists

AMF = Australian Mineral Foundation, Inc.

ME = Mining Engineering

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