Desk and Derrick Club of Austin Scrapbooks
An Inventory of the Collection
The first Desk and Derrick Club was formed in 1949 by Inez Awty in New Orleans as an effort to meet other women that worked in oil (petroleum) industry. The club founders believed that women could do their jobs better if they knew more about the oil industry and used the meetings to invite top oil executives talk on the various phases of the industry and participated in field trips out of the office to oil refineries and offshore drilling rigs. Additional clubs formed in that same year in other cities. In July of 1951 the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs of North America was formed with the signing of the Articles of Association by the presidents of the Desk and Derrick Clubs of New Orleans, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Los Angeles, California and Houston, Texas. In the first three years the club attracted more than 5500 members representing some 400 oil companies. In October of 1952 the first organizational meeting for the Austin chapter of the Desk and Derrick Club was held at the Commodore Perry Hotel. The charter members of the Club were: Myrl Beaty, Ellen Brubaker, June Grundy, Lucy Johnson, Grace Kincaid, Louise Kirk, Agnes Miller, Loly Roepke, Peggy Studer, and Kay Telford. The activities of the Austin chapter were similar to other clubs; engaging speakers and going on field trips. In 1988 the Desk and Derrick Club voted to allow men to join the organization but GREATER KNOWLEDGE – GREATER SERVICE remains the motto and continues to be the aim of the organization.
The Desk and Derrick Club of Austin collection consists of two scrapbooks that highlight the activities of the organization from its beginnings until 1959. The scrapbook titled Desk and Derrick Club of Austin documents the organization of the Club in 1952 with copies of the Texas Oil Report newsletter, newspaper clippings and photographs. Additional photographs, newspaper clippings along with flyers, programs, field trip reports, copies of presentations provide insight into the types of educational programs engaged in by the club members. Also contained in the scrapbook are materials related to regional meetings and the Desk and Derrick Club's annual conventions. Of interest are two 1958 photographs from the Seventh Annual Convention in Los Angeles of the banquet and the general assembly.
The untitled scrapbook spans the years 1951 to 1957 and documents the beginnings of the early Desk and Derrick Clubs nationally and in Texas, as well as the First through Seventh Annual Conventions. Contained within the scrapbook are photographs, event programs, magazine and newspaper articles, invitations, postcards and other convention memorabilia.
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Desk and Derrick Club of Austin Scrapbooks (AR.1991.076). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: anonymous
Donation Date: 1982
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.
Two additional photo albums were originally attributed to this collection but no connection between the photo albums and the Desk and Derrick Club scrapbooks could be determined and because the donation was registered as anonymous there is no way to track the provenance of the materials. The Tumey Family Photo Album has been assigned accession number AR.2012.027. The second photograph album contains many unidentified photographs of Chinese people, but Inez Lung Lee (local Chinese American missionary) is in a few of the photographs so the photo album was retained and assigned accession number AR.2012.028.
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