The Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum



The Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum is located in the atrium of Moser Hall (Engineering Science Building) within the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at Youngstown State University.

The museum is managed by the Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences.

Hours of Operation

The museum is currently open by appointment only as it continues to undergo renovations. During the course of those renovations, the museum will be closed until further notice.


Clarence R. Smith Sr.

Clarence R. Smith, Sr, was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, and he started his mineral collection in 1959 when he spent the winter in Tucson, Arizona. In 1962, Mr. Smith opened a mineral shop in his barn. In 1970, after Mr. Smith passed away, the collection was moved to Adamas Jewelry & Gifts located at 8391 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio. The collection's new home is the Youngstown State University Department of Geology where it will be able to be enjoyed by all for yours to come.

Clarence R. Smith, Jr.

Clarence R. Smith, Jr, was born and raised in Boardman, Ohio. He graduated from Boardman High School and attended Kenyon College and Youngstown State University. He is chairman of the Diamond Steel Construction Company, Compco Industries, and its affiliates. He also serves on the board of Home Savings and Loan Association of Youngstown. He is married to the former Rose Marie Poschner and they have three children, Gwen Smith of Boardman, Ohio, Gail Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Gregory B. Smith of Boardman, Ohio, and five grandchildren.