The Friends of Mineralogy (FM), formed at Tucson, Arizona on February 13, 1970, operates on a national level and also through regional chapters. It is open to membership by all. FM's objectives are to promote, support, protect and expand the collection of mineral specimens and to further the recognition of the scientific, economic and aesthetic value of minerals and collecting mineral specimens.
FM has a long association with The Mineralogical Record. It helps produce locality indexes for specimen mineral localities published in Rocks and Minerals, and is co-sponsor, with the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society (TGMS) and the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), of the annual Tucson Mineralogical Symposia. Among its activities it also sponsors awards for best articles each calendar year in The Mineralogical Record, Rocks & Minerals and extraLapis English and gives special recognition at the February Tucson Gem and Mineral Show for educational displays which help explain an aspect of mineralogy.
The Friends of Mineralogy is affiliated with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), as well as with Rocks & Minerals and the Mineralogical Record. Both of these magazines provide FM space and publish news of its activities from time-to-time. FM in turn supports these magazines in various endeavors.