Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
The University of Texas at Austin
Sid Richardson Hall 2.101
1 University Station D1100
Austin, Texas 78712-0335
218 audio interviews.
This major collection documenting the development of the Texas oil industry includes taped interviews of oral reminiscences and large quantities of written materials. The 218 interviews record the memories of pioneers in all phases of oil fields and oil booms--roughnecks, drillers, promoters, financiers, contractors, leasemen and law officers. These tapes have been transcribed and indexed for subjects that were deemed appropriate for use by historians, folklorists, linguists, sociologists and genealogists. Supplementing these oral records are materials which include the photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, brochures, scrapbooks and literary works. These items were loosely grouped into general categories when originally received; more recently they were inventoried and partially reorganized. Included is an interview with G.A. Humason about the invention of roller rock bit and other drilling devices The interviewer is Wiliam A. Owens, Houston, Texas, Tape No: 102 Date: 7-7-53.