Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the James A. Clark Papers, 1889-1974



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clark, James Anthony, 1908-1978
Title James A. Clark Papers
Dates: 1889-1974
Abstract: Research materials related to the publications and unpublished works of author/historian and public relations consultant James A. Clark. Included are materials related to Three Stars for the Colonel: The Biography of Ernest O. Thompson, The Tactful Texan: A Biography of Governor Will Hobby, Book of Oil, Petroleum Rectifying Company of California, Hughes Tool Co., Pan American Sulfur Company, Robert A. Welch, C.D. Lockwood, Admiral J.J. Clark, and syndicated columns “Petroscope” and “Tales of the Oil Country.” The materials deal directly with the oil industry primarily in the years of 1930-1960s.
ID MS 277
Extent 11 boxes (11 cubic feet )
Language English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

James Anthony Clark (1908-1978), author, columnist, and public-relations consultant and historian of the oil industry, was born in Abita Springs, LA, and grew up in Beaumont, TX. He attended South Park Junior College (Lamar University) and worked for Magnolia Petroleum Company, the Galveston News, and the Beaumont Journal. In 1935 he was appointed statehouse correspondent in Austin, and from 1941 to 1946 he served as intelligence officer in Puerto Rico, the Pacific and Japan. He left the army as a lieutenant colonel and became public relations manager for the Shamrock Hotel in Houston. He established the James A. Clark Company, a public-relations consulting firm, after the publication of his first book, Spindletop, co-authored with Michel T. Halbouty. He was well known for his Houston Post column, ”Tales of the Oil Country,” and published Three Stars for the Colonel: The Biography of Ernest O. Thompson, The Tactful Texan: A Biography of Governor Will Hobby, among others. He was married to Estelle Walton in 1934; in 1969 he established the Energy Research and Education Foundation in Houston; he died in 1978 in Houston.

Excerpted from The New Handbook of Texas, 1996.


Scope and Contents

Research materials related to the publications and unpublished works of author/historian and public relations consultant James A. Clark. Included are materials related to Three Stars for the Colonel: The Biography of Ernest O. Thompson, The Tactful Texan: A Biography of Governor Will Hobby, Book of Oil, Petroleum Rectifying Company of California, Hughes Tool Co., Pan American Sulfur Company, Robert A. Welch, C.D. Lockwood, Admiral J.J. Clark, and syndicated columns “Petroscope” and “Tales of the Oil Country.” The materials deal directly with the oil industry primarily in the years of 1930-1960s.


 

The papers are arranged in two series, Series I: Research/Publications and Series II: Speeches/Addresses. Series I includes research materials and photographs for numerous publications, and are grouped according to the publication. Series II includes drafts and published versions of delivered speeches arranged chronologically.
Series I: Research/Publications
Series II: Speeches/Addresses

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research but requires 24 hours retrieval time.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the James A. Clark Papers must be obtained in writing from Mrs. James A. Clark and may be arranged through Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

Subjects
Oil industry
Subjects (Persons)
Halbouty, Michel T.
Clark, J.J.
Scurlock, Ed
Lockwood, C.D.
Welch, Robert A.
Hobby, William P.
Thompson, Ernest O.
Hughes, Howard
Hobby, Oveta Culp
Subjects (Organizations)
Petreco (Firm)
Pan American Sulfur Company (PASCO)
Formats
Photographs
Newspapers
Awards
Manuscripts

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James A. Clark Papers , MS 277, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. James A. Clark, May 4, 1979.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Research/Publications

Series I includes research materials and photographs for numerous publications, and are grouped according to the publication.
Subseries A: Three Stars for the Colonel: The Biography of Ernest O. Thompson
box folder
1 1 Manuscript
2 Typescript, chapter 12
3 Typescript carbon copy
4 Corrected typescript
5 Book layout and promotion
6 Book outline and chronology
7 Signed copy of book
8 Book reviews, 1954
9 Book orders, 1954
10 Acknowledgements, special instructions
11 Book inscriptions
12 Financial statements
13 Ernest O. Thompson chronology
14 Judge Gaines interview notes
15 Amarillo mayor information
16 1937 World Petroleum Congress
17 1939 shutdown, 1940 governor’s race
18 WD mission, WWII, Great Demand, PAW
19 Demand, flaring, imports, secondary recovery
20 Hague trip, Anglo-American oil treaty, sum up
21 NIRA federal control, Connally Act
22 East Texas shutdown, injunctions, presidential orders
23 FDR conference, IOCC, sales dinner
24 Natural gas history, corzelius, expert
25 Clippings, articles on Thompson
26-27 Clark’s notes on Thompson
28 Thompson corresp., 1952-53
29 Thompson corresp., 1954
box folder
2 1-2 Note cards for Thompson book
3 Speeches by Thompson
4 L.A. speech to API re: Thompson, 1936
5 Speeches, testimony, etc. by Thompson and others
6-9 PETRECO history
10 Early PETRECO personnel
11 Petrolite history
12 The Electric Dehydrator (PETRECO), 1930-39
13 Historical photos
14 Barnickle biography and company history
15 Opinions and briefs
16 Photograph album
Subseries B: The Tactful Texan
box folder
3 1 Typescript with corrections
2 Typescripts carbon with corrections, chapters 1-10
3 Final typescript
4 Final draft
5 Correspondence with Random House, 1954 & 1958
6 Reviews
7 Research notes
Subseries C: The Houston Post
box folder
3 8 History
9 William P. Hobby biographical
10 William P. Hobby chronology
11 Oveta Culp Hobby biographical
12 Clark-Hobby correspondence
13 Clark correspondence
Subseries D: Hughes Tool Co.
box folder
3 14 Research for chapter 1 (to 1900)
15 Research for chapter 2 (1901-1907)
16 Research for chapter 3 (1908-1915)
17 Research for chapter 4 (1916-1924)
18 Research for chapter 5 (1925-1939)
19 Research for chapter 6 (1940-1959)
20 Research for chapter 7 (1960-date)
21 Notes, outlines, general info.
22 History documentation inventory
23 History documentation #1-50
24 History documentation #51-100
25 History documentation #101-134
26 Hughes Tool Co. catalog 1965-66 (2 copies)
27 Personnel
28 Newsclips
29 Hughes Aviation
Subseries E: Pan American Sulfur Company
box folder
4 1 PASCO book typescript
2 PASCO book typescript with corrections
3 PASCO galley proofs
4 Interviews, biographies
5 Financial, outline
6 Annual reports
7 Prospectus 1953, 1955
8 1965 presentation
9 Board minutes, 1947-53
10 History
11 Sulfur research
12 Jaltipan, Vera Cruz info.
13 Azufrera Panamericana, SA info.
14 Notes, newsclips
15 Photos
- Notecards
box folder
5 1 Typescript corrected, chapters 1-6
2 Typescript corrected, chapter 7
3 Typescript copy
Subseries F: Robert Welch biography
box folder
5 4-7 Interviews
8 Robert Welch story
9 General information
10 Fidelity Oil & Royalty Co.
11 Ashbel Smith Co.
12 Mound Co.
13 Welch family relations
14 Welch Foundation & Welch biography
15 Biography correspondence
16 Typescript biography
17 Original typescript draft
18 Typescript-introduction-chapter 4
19 Typescript-chapters 5-9
20 Typescript draft (carbon)
21 Research for chapter 2
22 Typescript draft chapter 3
23 Typescript draft chapter 4
24 Typescript draft chapter 5
25 Typescript draft chapter 6
26 Typescript draft chapter 7
27 Typescript draft chapter 8
28 Typescript draft chapter 9
29 Original typescript draft
30 Chapter 1 research: Boyhood-SC
31 Chapter 2 research: Early days in Houston
32 Page proof corrections
box folder
6 1 Chapter 3 research: Early enterprises
2 Chapter 4 research: 1920s
3 Chapter 5 research: 1930s-40s, WWII
4 Chapter 6 research: Last 7 years
5 Chapter 7 research: Welch’s philosophy
6 Chapter 8 research: Background of foundation
7 Chapter 9 research: Foundation today
Subseries G: Book of Oil
box folder
6 8-9 Research, general
10 Manuscript draft, chapter 2
11 Manuscript draft, chapter 3
12 Manuscript draft, chapter 4
13 Manuscript draft, chapter 5
14 Manuscript draft, chapter 6
15 Manuscript draft, chapter 7
16 Manuscript draft, chapter 8
17 Manuscript draft, chapter 9
18 Manuscript draft, misc.
19 Carbons of typescripts
20 Copies for rework
21 Correspondence
22 Chapter outlines
23 Carbons of chapter typescripts
24 Reviewers’ comments
25 Appendix
26 Visuals
27 Chapter draft revisions
Subseries H: Admiral J.J. Clark book
box folder
7 1-2 Typescript carbon
3 Corrected typescript
4 Visuals
5 Book correspondence
Subseries I: Scurlock research
box folder
7 6 Eddy Scurlock biographical information
7 Scurlock, general
8 Scurlock, general and interview
9-13 Terrell research note cards
14 Possible projects
Subseries J: General research
box folder
7 15 Research for Corsicana historical markers dedications, 1969
16 L.W. Gonzaullas interview, 1970
17 Patillo Higgins
18 Spindletop
19 Louisiana reference report
20 Germany
21 Copies of field notes, maps
box folder
8 1 Publications, petroleum and engineering
2 Report of Dr. I.C. White, WV
3 Roumania
4 France
5 Company histories
6 Houston photographs
7 Pennsylvania oil fields stereoscope views
8 Tidelands case
9 Statements re: petroleum
10 C.D. Lockwood, general
11 National Resources Cmte. report
12 Ledger pages
13 Reports, reprints mainly regarding petroleum
Subseries K: “Tales of the Oil Country” syndicated column
box folder
8 14 Column index, typescript carbon, clips
15 Column ideas, notes
16 Typescript corrections
17 Column typescripts, 1964-65
18 Adcox Associates
19 Correspondence
20 TV proposal, 1964
21 Syndication legalities
22 Trademark
23 Maps
24 “Petroscope” column, Houston Chronicle, 1963-65 photocopies
25 “Jim Clark’s Petroscope,” 1963-65 typescripts
26 Column comments
27 Column: Finkelstein
28 Column reprints
box folder
9 1 Column ideas: General
2 Column ideas: Oil and the War
3 Column correspondence
5 Oil Almanac: “Lockwood’s Texas Oil Report”
6 Syndicated columns 1960 typescripts
7 Syndicated columns 1961 typescripts
8 Syndicated columns 1961 Los Angeles Mirror
9 Syndicated columns 1962 typescripts
10 Syndicated columns 1963 typescripts
11 Syndicated columns 1964-65 typescripts
12 Syndicated columns index 1961-65
13 Completed energy columns and correspondence
14 Book reviews
15 Articles: Service magazine
16 Articles: Drilling magazine
17 Articles: Ethyl magazine
18 Articles: Frontier Times magazine
19 Articles: Houston Chronicle newspaper
20 Articles: Humble Way
21 Articles: The Landman magazine
22 Articles: New York Times
23 Articles: Energy column
24 Articles: Gladys City Museum
25 Articles: Oil magazine
26 Articles: Petroleum Today magazine
27 Articles: Petroleum Week magazine
28 Articles: Preview magazine
29 Articles: The Quill magazine
30 Articles: Schlumberger Well Surveying Corp.
31 Wichita Eagle/Wichita Beacon
32 Booklet: Texas Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Assoc.



 

Series II: Speeches/Addresses

Series II includes drafts and published versions of delivered speeches arranged chronologically.
Speeches, 1950s
box folder
9 33 Speech: Texas Oil Information Committee, 1-23-58
34 Speech: Association of Petroleum Landmen, 1959
35 Speech: Spring Branch Rotary Club, 4-28-59
36 Speech: Fifth World Petroleum Congress
37 Speech: Shreveport, LA Desk & Derrick Club, 6-16-59
Speeches, 1960s
box folder
9 38 Speech: Southeast TX Industrial Editors, 1962
39 Speech: Society of Petroleum Engineers, 9-59
40 Speech: Beaumont Lions Club, 1-14-60
41 Speech: Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME, 1-26-60
42 Speech: Baytown Rotary Club, 2-24-60
43 Speech: OIC Conference, 5-17-60
44 Speech: Houston Desk & Derrick Club, 6-9-60
45 Speech: Opelousas, LA Desk & Derrick Club, 8-21-60
46 Speech: Texas A&M Geology Club, 2-21-61
47 Speech: Houston Delphian Club, 9-8-61
48 Speech: Houston Personnel Association, 9-61
box folder
10 1 Speech: Independent Natural Gas Association of America, 9-18-61
2 Speech: American Petroleum Institute, 11-14-61
3 Speech: Petroleum Accountants Society of Houston, 1-11-62
4 Speech: Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen, 5-14-62
5 Speech: Texas A&M Geology Club, 5-15-62
6 Speech: LaPorte Rotary Club, 5-21-62
7 Speech: Texas Daily Newspaper Association, 8-13-62
8 Speech: Nomads of Houston, 10-8-62
9 Speech: Galveston, TX Kiwanis Club, 10-16-62
10 Speech: University Area Rotary Club, 1-21-63
11 Speech: Gulf Coast Machine & Supply Co., 1-26-63
12 Speech: Houston Chapter, American Society for Metals, 4-2-63
13 Speech: American Association of Petroleum Landmen, 6-19/22-63
14 Speech: American Petroleum Institute Marketing Cmte., 10-10-63
15 Speech: Beaumont, TX Rotary Club, 4-8-64
16 Speech: Beaumont, TX Rotary Club, 1-13-65
17 Speech: Beaumont, TX Desk & Derrick Club, 4-23-66
18 Speech: Financial Executives Institute, 11-67
19 Speech: Houston, TX Desk & Derrick Club, 10-10-68
Speeches, 1970s
box folder
10 30 Speech material: Humor & Quote
31 Speech material: Notable & Quotable
32-33 Speech material: Misc.
34 Speech notes: UH Executive Development Program, 3-19-71
20 Speech: Corpus Christi, TX Desk & Derrick Club, 2-22-71
21 Speech: POPS meeting, 2-19-73
22 Speech: National Secretaries Association, 5-24-73
23 Speech: Harris County, TX Historical Society, 6-3-73
24 Speech: Rice University students, 11-6-74
25 Speech: Houston, TX Desk & Derrick Club, 8-14-75
26 Speech: PRSA, 9-12-75
27 Lamar University, 1-10-78
Speeches: General & undated
box folder
10 28 Speech material: “Let’s Go,” 2/60-12/63
29 Speech material: “Let’s Go,” 1/64-7/67
35 Addresses