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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Research

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Richard Mason:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1923-2009 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Mason, Richard J.
Title: Richard Mason Papers,
Dates: 1923-2009 and undated
Abstract: The collection contains extensive research materials used during Richard Mason's career. Periodicals, books, and similar materials relating to the oil industry and his work therein are also included. These materials almost exclusively relate to his work on the publication of the Land Rig Newsletter. However, research materials and notes used for a collaborative dissertation examining Italian architecture are present as well.
Collection # S 1768.2
Quantity: 40 boxes (40 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors in history, Richard Mason was the owner and publisher of Land Rig Data Newsletter, considered being the standard in its industry. Mason researched and documented Rig counts, rig owners, service industry information, and necessary technical data for each issue. He published his first issue in October 1992, but many of his subscribers were located in the World Trade Center towers in New York City. As a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Land Rig Data Newsletter lost most of its subscriber base and therefore was finally sold to Rig Data in August 2009. As a publisher, Mason developed metrics that provided greater transparency to the formerly opaque U.S. onshore drilling services market and regularly used these industry analyses as an oil and gas consultant, and as Oil Services Specialty at Well Site Market Research. These metrics provided high-resolution perspective on the land rig drilling market, including regional rig utilization, rig pricing, technological evolution in drilling systems, and rig employment patterns by operator. His industry research, publications, and insight were seen as the industry standard, which remains true today. As of 2011 he worked for Hart Energy, and just prior to that he served as director of research at Houston-based PLS Inc., an oil and gas property brokerage and publishing firm. Lastly, he was an accomplished writer and this collection includes his published notes and contributions toward a literary work entitled: "Le Corbusier and The Riddle at Ronchamp", which was authored by Robert Coombs, a long time business associate.

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Organization

The collection is organized by the following series: Research, Periodicals, Books, and Dissertation Research.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Mason, Richard J.
Coombs, Robert, 1934-
Subjects (Organizations)
Land Rig Newsletter
Places
Italy
Subjects
Gas industry
Gas industry--Texas
Offshore gas well drilling--Periodicals
Oil well drilling rigs--Periodicals
Petroleum industry and trade
Petroleum industry and trade--Periodicals

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Related Material

The Land Rig Newsletter Records, 1990-2011 and undated

Richard Mason oral history interview [sound recording], 2011

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Richard Mason Papers, 1923-2009 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s):
2009-0367-B

Gift, 2009

Processed by

Willam McDonald, 2013

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Collection Inventory

 

Research

Oil and Gas Journal
box folder
1 1 January 3-December 18, 2000 and February 25-December 23, 2000
Foreign Affairs
box folder
2 1 Volume 82, Number 3-6; Volume 83, Number 1-6; Volume 84, Number 1-4
Oil Week Magazine
box folder
2 2 1993 to 2001
3 Spring, winter, fall, 2008
World Refining
box folder
2 4 October 2005
Digital Energy
box folder
2 5 October 2007
Oil and Gas Journal
box folder
3 1 January 8 1996 to December 12,1998
The American gas and Oil Reports
box folder
4 1 May 1994 to July 2006
Hart's Oil and Gas World
box folder
5 1 January 1997 to September 1999
Hart's E and P
box folder
5 2 January 2001 to December 2006
Oil and Gas Journal
box folder
6 1 January 5, 1998 Vol. 96 number 1; December 20, 1998 Vol. 97 Number 51
Oil and Gas Journal
box folder
7 1 March 29, 1993 Vol.91 Number 13; December 26, 1994 Vol.92 Number 51
The Economist
box folder
8 1 September 23, 2006; March 27, 2004
Oil and Gas Journal
box folder
9 1 December 30, 1996 Vol.94 Number 53; December 25, 1995 Vol. 97 Number 52
American Oil and Gas Journal
box folder
10 1 Janurary 1, 2001 to December 2002
Oil and Gas Journal
box folder
11 1 Janurary 1, 2001 to December 22, 2003
Oil and Gas Journal
box folder
12 1
American Oil and Gas Reporter
box folder
13 1 January thru December 2007; April thru August 2006
2 Rigs and Drillers, May 2004 Volume 4 2002
North American Outlook
box folder
13 3 August 2005, 2006, 2008
American Oil and Gas Reporter
box folder
14 1 January 2006 to October 2008
American Oil and Gas Reporter
box folder
15 1 January 2003 to December 2005
Drilling Contractor
box folder
16 1 2007, 2008
Oil and Gas Investigator
box folder
17 1 December 1992 to 1994
2 Petroleum Engineer
3 Oil Week
The Economist
box folder
17 4 June 2004 to May 2003
The Southwest Economy
box folder
17 5 July 1998 to December 2004
Economic Financial
box folder
17 6 1999, Q2; 2000 Q1 to Q4
Burlinton Resources
box folder
18 1 2004
Denbury Resources
box folder
19 1 2004
2 Massey Energy Co, 2004
3 XTO Energy, 2003
4 Howard Weil 33rd annual report
5 Lone Star Technologies
6 Tetra Tech
7 Universal Compression Holdings, 2004
8 New field Exploration Co, 2004
9 Nabors
10 Seabulk Industries
Hart's E and P
box folder
19 11 October, November, December, 2000
Hart's Oil and Gas World
box folder
19 12 January to December 2000
AESC
box folder
20 1 2001, 2008
2 ALBA
3 Well Servicing Magazine
4 Oil and Gas Journal, January 2008 to April 2006
5 IADC
6 Oil and Gas Reserves
box folder
21 1 Misc Research Materials
box folder
22 1 MacWorld
2 State of Oil Supervisors, 1923,1934,1992
3 Sierra
4 Misc Research Magazine
5 WIRED
box folder
23 1 Research Magazines
box folder
24 1 Research Magazines
box folder
25 1 Players Magazine
2 Investor's Magazine
3 Oil Market Report
box folder
26 1 Oil World Magazine, August 1992 to March 1996
box folder
27 1 Drilling Contractor
2 E and P
3 The Econmoist
box folder
28 1 Well Servicing Magazine
2 Foreign Affairs
3 Petroleum Warfare
box folder
29 1 Rigs and Drillers
2 Nabors
3 Players
4 Foreign Affairs
5 TPAA Membership
6 The Washington Spectator
7 IPAA Misc
box folder
30 1 Various Certificates and Notarieties
2 Misc research
box folder
31 1 The Reporter, April 2005-August 1997
box folder
32 1 Drilling Contractor
box folder
33 1 Petroleum News, February 1996- December 2005
box folder
34 1 Petroleum News Alaska
box folder
35 1 Petroleum News, January 2005 - November 2008
box folder
36 1 Petroleum News, January 2006-July 2007
box folder
37 1 Petroleum News, August 2007 - November 2008
2 Profile Reports, December 1992
box folder
32 1 Drilling Contractor
Periodicals
box folder
38 1 50 Years of Offshore Oil and Gas Development
2 CityLIfe Midland
3 Domestic Natural Gas and Oil Initiative
4 Drilling, 2000
5 Electric Vehicles
6 Hart's E and P, 2002
7 High Panhandle Telephone Directory
8 Katalla to Prohoe Bay
9 Meet Alaska, 1996 Proceedings
10 Monthly Energy Review, August 1992, September 1992, November 1992
Natural Gas Monthly
box folder
38 11 Natural Gas Monthly, August 1992; September 1992; November 1992
12 Natural Gas Trends
13 North American E and P
14 Oil and Gas Investor
15 Oil and Gas Producing industry in your State, 1995 to 1999, 2002, 2003
16 Oil and Gas Review, 2003
17 Oilfield Service Supply and Manufacturers Directory
18 PESA Service Point Directory, 1991
19 Petroleum Computing, 1999
Petroleum Independent
box folder
38 20 Petroleum Independent, 1991 to July 1993
21 Propane Exceptional Energy
22 Reinventing the Well
23 Southwest Oil World
24 Statoil Magazine
25 Sulfatreat
26 Value of Underground Storage in Today's Natural Gas Industry
27 Wired Home
28 World Focus - Venezuela
29 World Refining
Books
box folder
39 1 40 Years at Prudhoe Bay
2 A Primmer of Oil Well Drilling
3 AESC-First Fifty Years
4 Alberta's heavy Oil and Oil Sands
5 Completions-Steam aassisted Gravity Drainage
6 Drilling-Steam assisted gravity Drainage
7 Energy capital Houston Vol II, 2002
8 Enterprise Independence Project
9 IPAA-Oil and Gas producing in your state, 2004-2007
10 Legend of Rowan
11 Offshore Technology Conference, 2005-2008
12 Production-Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage
13 Rocky Mountain natural gas, 2006-2007
14 Spirit of Success
15 The Control of Oil
16 The World in, 2005-2007
17 Voices from the Fields
18 Wildcatter's
Research-Dissertation
box folder
40 1 Bernard Toro
2 Castel Santa Maria
3 Chianciano Santa Maria
4 Church Symbolism
5 Introduction OLA text
6 Introduction text
7 Kleinbauer
8 Lambadi Milano
9 Le Forme Architecture
10 Macerento
11 Milan San Lorenzo
12 Milano
13 Naples
14 Note Cards
15 Notes from Betty to Coombs
16 Notes on buildings
17 Notes on Churches
18 Notes on San Giovanni
19 Outline and Notes
20 Parma
21 Pergola
22 Perpetual Charters
23 Perugia
24 Renaissance Architecture in Italy
25 Research General
26 Research Notes
27 Roccaveranno
28 Rona
29 Rosenthal
30 S.D. Petse
31 San Benedetti
32 San Geminiano
33 San Gio
34 San Sabastino
35 Tuscany
36 Tuscany Bibon
37 Tuscany Castalia
38 Tuscany Firenze
39 Tuscany Prato
Oversized Items
box
42 Tradequip newsletters
box
43 Tradequip newsletters
box
44 Atlas of Rocky Mountain Oil Journal
box
45 Rocky Mountain Oil Journal
box
46 Rocky Mountain Oil Journal
box
47 Top Contractors Vol. I, 1983

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