Photographs of petroleum prospecting and the petroleum industry, chiefly in Chautauqua County, Kansas, circa 1903-1904, created or attributed to John Coit Avery, Jr., a professional photographer in Sedan, Kansas. Images include views of oil well fields and gushing oil wells in the vicinity of Elgin, Sedan, and Peru, Kansas, and an image depicting the erection of a natural gas display in Peru on July 4, 1904. A few images document the buildings and employees of the Kansas Torpedo Company in Sedan, Kansas, which produced nitroglycerin-filled torpedoes to restart petroleum wells. Two of the images include employees posed with nitroglycerin cans, colloquially known as angel cans. An incidental image in the collection depicts the Maricopa Oil Field in Kern County, California
Collection contains articles of incorporation and by laws (1926; prospecting reports, drilling agreements and oil and gas leases from the Corporation's fields in California, New Mexico, Texas, Montana and Wyoming (1928-1940); Corporation President C.M. Bowen's and Secretary Lawrence E. Armstrong's correspondence regarding leases and sale of stock (1927-1945; and stockholders materials and Board of Directors minutes of meetings (1926-1948)
This collection consists of historical materials bearing on the science of surface geochemistry as it is applied to the exploration for oil and gas reserves. The documents in the collection were compiled and organized by two pioneers in the field, Dr. Donald F. Saunders and Dr. Martin J. Davidson. In addition to offprints of journal articles, arranged topically by Dr. Saunders, the collection includes an incomplete run of the Bulletin of the Association of Petroleum Geochemical Explorationists, newsletters of the APGE, key monographs in the field, unpublished research reports, and other materials. The collection is organized by topic into 28 series.
Legal and financial documents relating to W.U. Perkins and Nacogdoches, Texas, -- include a contract between the town of Nacogdoches and the Petroleum Prospecting Company of New Orleans that he negotiated, April 17, 1888
Collection contains correspondence regarding "Trek of the Oil Finders," the AAPG, and the L.H. Wentz Estate (1917-1976); newspaper clippings (1942-1973); the manuscript, notes and source materials used to write "Trek of the Oil Finders" (1803-1977); miscellaneous maps; and four field notebooks written while petroleum prospecting for John C. Keys Oil Company in the western U.S. (1916-1926)
Collection contains correspondence regarding Lynton's work for Standard Oil of California (1911-1958); maps of California and Texas (1906-1952); newspaper clippings (1919-1948); reports by Lynton on oil prospects in northern Africa, Texas and California (1931-1955); miscellaneous geological equipment such as plumb bobs and weights; and magnetometer surveys for Standard Oil of California in California and Texas (1927-1931)
Collection contains geological and petroleum reports and related correspondence on oil fields in the western U.S. (1918-1951); miscellaneous topographical maps; 1 photograph album; 1 scrapbook; diaries (1918-1921); geological tools and equipment; field notebooks (1918-1940); and subject files on oil prospecting (1924-1954)