Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Robert Ray Herring speeches, 1957-1980 MS 395

creator Herring, Robert Ray
Title: Robert Ray Herring Speeches
Dates: 1957-1980
Abstract: Robert R. Herring was president and CEO for Houston Natural Gas Corporation from 1967 to 1981. He gave many speeches to civic and professional societies during the time period 1957-1980, with the bulk of his speeches delivered in the 1970’s. This collection contains typewritten and handwritten notes of many of his speeches.
Identification: MS 395
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet(1 box)
Quantity: (1 box)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Robert Ray Herring was vice-president and then president for Fish Engineering Corporation from 1950 to 1957. He then formed Valley Gas Corporation in 1958, which merged with Houston Natural Gas in 1963. He became president and CEO of Houston Natural Gas Corporation from 1967 to 1981. Mr. Herring, a graduate of Texas A and M, served on the Rice University Board of Governors from 1968 to 1981. He was named a Trustee from 1972 to 1981, and promoted to Chairman in 1979.

Scope and Contents

Robert R. Herring was president and CEO for Houston Natural Gas Corporation from 1967 to 1981. He gave many speeches to civic and professional societies during the time period 1957-1980, with the bulk of his speeches delivered in the 1970’s. Some of the societies he delivered speeches to are: The New York Society of Security Analysts, The American Petroleum Institute, The American Gas Association, and the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Houston. These speeches mainly concern energy or Houston Natural Gas Corporation’s financial position and prospects for the future in both of these areas. A number of the speeches concern the 1971-1975 Energy Crisis. The bulk of the speeches are typewritten, but there are quite a few that are handwritten on note cards.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Robert Herring Speeches must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

Herring, Robert Ray

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Ray Herring Speeches, 1957-1980, MS 395, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift donated by Joanna King Herring Davis on July 8, 1985.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Herring speeches, 1957-1980

Box Folder
1 1 March 1, 1957; Pipe Line Association of Canada “Natural Gas – Symbol of Success” (Victoria, B.C.)
2 1960; The Gulf Coast Economy – Present and Future
3 November 23, 1966; Chicago Security Analysts
4 May 2, 1967; Remarks to the American Petroleum Institute – Houston Chapter (Houston, TX)
5 March 20, 1968; Remarks to Natural Gas Processors Association (New Orleans, LA)
6 March 11, 1969; Remarks to Wall Street Utility Group (New York)
7 October 8, 1969; Remarks to New York Society of Security Analysts (New York)
8 March 24, 1970; Remarks to Governor’s Conference for Technical-Vocational Education (Austin, TX)
9 March 1970; 17th Annual Seminar for Secretaries “America – in the 1970s”
10 May 26, 1970; Houston Port Bureau, Inc. “Change and Challenge for Houston’s Modern Port” (Houston, TX)
11 October 15, 1970; “Business Responsibility for Social and Environmental Progress”
12 January 19, 1971; Natural Gas Men
13 April 8, 1971; Remarks to Chemical Engineers
14 May 12, 1971; “City of Hope – Spirit of Life” Award to Marvin Hurly (Houston, TX)
15 January 20, 1972; Remarks to Permian Basin Chapters of the Natural Gas Men of Midland and the American Petroleum Institute (Midland, TX)
16 March 22, 1972; New York Society of Analysts (New York)
17 March 26-28, 1972; National Petroleum Retainers Association “The Energy Crisis as it Relates to Natural Gas Liquids and Heavier Feedstock for Olefins” (San Antonio, TX)
18 1973; Remarks to Security Analysts (New York, Baltimore, Chicago)
19 February 21, 1973; U.S. Dept. of Interior – Public Hearing (Houston, TX)
20 March 1, 1973; Address to Chemical Group, National Association of Purchasing Management 1973 Mid-Winter Conference
21 July 23, 1973; House Energy Crisis Committee – Texas House of Representatives “Oral Testimony” (Austin, TX)
22 October 9, 1973; Remarks to Advest Institutional Services (Minneapolis)
23 November 26, 1973; Statement to the Railroad Commission of Texas (Austin, TX)
24 March 26, 1975; Remarks before the New York Society of Analysts (New York)
25 May 2, 1975; Remarks to Rotary Club (Houston?)
26 December 9, 1975; Northeast Missouri State University Tele-Lecture
27 April 1977 (?); Speech Unidentified
28 May 13, 1977; Chief Executives Forum “Coal Applications” (Woodlands, TX)
29 September 23, 1977; Remarks to Contractor’s Association
30 October 1977; Remarks to Lincoln National (Chicago, IL)
31 October 31, 1978; Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts (Los Angeles, CA)
32 December 8, 1978; Texas A and M Commencement Address (College Station, TX)
33 January 24, 1979; Remarks to the New York Society of Security Analysts (New York)
34 January 30, 1979; Remarks Before the World Trade Assoc. (Houston, TX)
35 March 2, 1979; NAPIA 1979 “U.S. National Gas Market 1975 to 1985” (Houston, TX)
36 May 2, 1979; Address to Downtown Kiwanis Club (Houston, TX)
37 July 31, 1979; Address to American Bank Silver Bar Award Luncheon (Odessa, TX)
38 December 4, 1979; American Gas Association “The Natural Gas Industry and the International Scene” (Washington, D.C.)
39 February 6, 1980; Cultural Leader of the Year (Houston, TX)
40 October 28, 1980 ; ASME Conference “Synthetic Fuels and the Southwest” (Houston, TX)
41 No date; International Association of Ports and Harbors
42 No date; Unidentified Speeches
43 No date; Speeches by others
44 No date; Articles and Speech Materials Unidentified
45 No date; Houston Natural Gas Corporation Files and Information

Series II: Correspondence, 1970-1975

Box Folder
1 46 1970-1975; Correspondence