Published On: 11/24/2015

SME opens research library to the public

Rare books compliment technical papers and manuscripts

As the leading international resource for technical information about mining and related industries, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to announce the opening of the Stewart Wallace Memorial Library (SWML), a research room located at SME’s offices in Englewood, Colorado, dedicated to serving the needs of SME members, staff and the general public.

The SWML is named in honor of SME Distinguished Member and benefactor, Stewart R. Wallace. Upon his passing, Wallace bequeathed nearly $1 million to the Society, which enabled the SME staff to move to a larger headquarters facility that now houses the library that is named in his honor. A dedicated team has spent more than a year cataloging and organizing a collection of materials into the new library. A world-renowned authority on molybdenum deposits, Wallace and his crew of geologists at the Climax Molybdenum Company discovered the Henderson deposit in Colorado and the Ceresco orebody at the Climax Mine. These discoveries profoundly influenced molybdenum mining and exploration in western North America.

“SME members, as well as the general public, will now have access to the large body of technical knowledge housed in the Stewart Wallace Memorial Library,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “We are proud to offer the community a connection to world-class information.”

A focus of SWML is to build a collection of rare books and manuscripts relating to mining and metallurgy. Among the current collection of rare publications are:

  • 1912 first edition of Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover’s translation of Georgis Agricola’s De Re Metallica

  • A 1918 first edition of Robert Peele’s classic Mining Engineer’s Handbook 

  • Historical documents generated by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) that date back to the 1870s

The 800-square foot library houses more than 1,900 publications that range in subject matter from mineral processing, mining engineering and exploration, to tunneling and education. As a service to the public, SME provides onsite access to, the world's most comprehensive mining and minerals-based electronic research database. contains more than 1,916,537 pages in 114,346 searchable documents including technical papers, conference papers, proceedings and articles produced by organizations throughout the world. Personalized research assistance is available onsite and remotely. The library is free and open to the public during regular business hours or by appointment.

SME also gratefully acknowledges funding support through the James Douglas Library Fund of AIME

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or