University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Tenneco Energy History Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator TennecoCheatham, GaryFoster, Joe  B.
Collection Title Tenneco Energy History Records
Dates 1946-2014
Identification 07/2016-005
Physical Description 16.00 linear feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

Tennessee Gas (later Tenneco) and its Tennessee pipeline were elements of one of the largest diversified companies in the world.  Wade Thompson founded Tenneco Gas shortly after the discovery of natural gas in 1933 in Macon County, Tennessee.  In 1943 Henry Gardiner Symonds became the first president of the newly established Tennessee Gas Transmission Company (renamed Tenneco in 1966) in Houston.

A significant aspect of this collection of Tenneco records is the management and planning documents, notes, and speeches accumulated by Joe B. Foster, who held positions with Tenneco for thirty-one years.   Among his roles with Tenneco, Foster served as chairman of Tenneco Oil Company, executive vice president of Tenneco Inc., and chairman of Tenneco Gas Pipeline Group.  Foster left Tenneco in 1988

Foster graduated from Texas A&M University in 1957 with a B.S. in petroleum engineering and B.B.A. in business administration; he joined Tenneco as a junior petroleum engineer in Oklahoma City the same year.  In 1968, Foster became Chief of Planning and Economic Analysis for Tenneco Oil Exploration and Production in Houston and assumed the role of president of Tenneco Oil in 1978.  When the Tenneco board divested Tenneco Oil in 1988, Foster retired and founded the Newfield Exploration Company, serving as its chief executive officer until 2000.

Foster’s personal notes, speeches, presentations, and his contributions to the development of a history of Tenneco reveal his keen interest in planning and his personal ruminations on the processes of management.  His speech development notes and collected sources and the subsequent speeches Foster delivered to Tenneco management groups, professional conferences, and non-profit gatherings offer insight into multiple responsibilities of leadership.


Scope and Contents

Records in this collection of Tenneco history include three major areas of interest.  One group consists of management and planning records created by executives of Tenneco.  The second group reflects a joint effort to write the history of Tenneco, Built from Scratch.  Draft manuscripts, publication costs, and a Tenneco management reunion reflect the concerted effort to document the company’s history.  A third group contains in-house publications reflecting Tenneco’s business accomplishments and publications from a variety of sources that constitute energy industry profiles.  A small  group of ephemera includes a vinyl record album, photographs, and maps.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Correspondence
Photographs
Plans
Publications (document genre)
Reports
Speeches (documents)
Topical Term:
Business planning
Energy consumption -- United States
Energy policy -- United States
Natural resources -- United States
Petroleum industry and trade -- United States
Petroleum products -- United States
Petroleum reserves -- United States

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Tennneco Energy History Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries


Detailed List of Contents

Joe B. Foster Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 1977-1986, 1989-2014
2 1987
3 1988



Financial Reports

Box Folder
1 4 Full Cost / Successful Efforts Accounting 1986
5 Growth Capital Partners Newsletter 2005
6 Quarterly International Summary – Economic and Financial Intelligence 1980
7 Tenneco Conversion to Successful Efforts Accounting 1986
8 Tenneco Eastern Gulf Division – Eastside & East of Delta Economic Project Area 1986
9 Tenneco Economic Analysis Guidelines 1978
10 Tenneco Economic and Financial Analysis 1973-1986
11 Tenneco Exploration & Production – Domestic Exploration Economics Study 1986
12 Tenneco Financial & Operating Status Reports 1979-1981
13 Tenneco Financial Communications Plan; Adams & Rinehart, Inc 1985



History Project (Tenneco)

Box Folder
1 14 Beyond Gas Transmission: the Development of Tenneco Oil, 1945-1967 (David Raley) undated
15 Book and Reunion Financials 2013
16 Built From Scratch - Draft Manuscript 2013
Box Folder
2 1-2 Built From Scratch - Draft Manuscript 2013
3 Chronology and Critiques 2007-2013
4 David Raley Report 1987 Information Book 1988
(See Box 13, Folder 15 for related CD)
5 Gardiner Symonds and Tenneco 2008-2010
6 History of Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production – Draft Manuscript 2012-2013
7 Interview Notes 2012
8 Joe B. Foster’s Contribution to the Book 1988, 2009
9 Tenneco History Journal - Joe B. Foster 2011-2013
10 Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production Reunion 1991, 2004
11 Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production - Draft Manuscript 2013
12 Tenneco, Inc. - The Rise (1938-1971) & Fall (1972-1998) - Draft Manuscript undated
13 Tennessee Gas and Transmission’s Wartime Pipeline undated



Industry Profiles

In addition to materials described in this series, oversize Industry Profiles are available in Series 11.
Box Folder
2 14 An Analysis Of The Feasibility Of Separating Exploration From Production Of Oil And Gas On The Outer Continental Shelf 1975
15 Baker Hughes Incorporated Annual Report 1995
16 E & P Company Overviews (AGIP - Kerr McGee) 1988
17 Energy Security - A Report To The President Of The United States 1987
Box Folder
3 1 1988 Oil and Gas Price Outlook, 1986 Revisited?
2 Enron Corp. Annual Report 1986
3-4 Energy Policy - American Petroleum Institute 1974-1975
5 Energy Policy - Federal 1972-1975
6 Energy Policy - Media Coverage & Corporate Analysis 1974-1975
7 Gas Research Institute Digest (GRID) 1987
8 Houston Association of Landmen Summit Club-Houston, Texas 1986
9 Oil & Petroleum Yearbook 1967
10 Petroleum in the Marine Environment 1975
11 Phillips - The First 66 Years 1983
12 Risk, Uncertainty, and Divergence of Opinion 1977
13 The Best of Breeze: Burlington Resources 2006
14 The Nation’s Energy Future 1973
15 The Offshore Imperative - Shell Oil’s Search for Petroleum in Postwar America (Tyler Priest) 2007
16 Oil Industry USA 1977
National Petroleum Council
Box Folder
3 17 Guide to National Petroleum Council Report on United States Energy Outlook 1972
18 National Petroleum Council - Natural Gas - Meeting the Challenges of the Nation’s Growing Natural Gas Demand 1999
19 National Petroleum Council - News Releases, Exploration Operations 1974
20 National Petroleum Council - Ocean Petroleum Resources 1975
Box Folder
4 1 National Petroleum Council - Offshore Exploration & Production Task Group 1974
2 National Petroleum Council - Report on Law of the Sea Conference 1975
3 National Petroleum Council - The Effect of Regulation 1979
4 Petroleum Resources Under The Ocean Floor 1969, 1971



Tenneco Planning / Policy

Box Folder
4 5 1984 As We See It Now (2 copies) 1984
6 Achieving Success in an Open Environment 1986
7 Board of Directors Meeting Europe: Monroe, Belgium 1981
8 Board of Directors and Senior Officers Meeting: Energy in Tenneco - Hot Springs, Virginia 1982
9 Marketing Response to FERC Order 436 - Opening Interstate Pipeline 1986
10 Tenneco Corporate Planning 1987-1988
11 Tenneco Corporate Planning Position - Construction, Planning, & Design (CP&D) Slot 1987-1988
12 Tenneco Corporate Strategic Plan 1979-1983
13 Tenneco Corporate Strategic Plan Instructions 1979, 1980
14 Tenneco Europe Inc. - Planning Process 1980
15 Tenneco Gas Pipeline (TGPL) Management Meeting 1974
16 Tenneco Inc. 18th Management Meeting 1974
17 Tenneco Inc. 19th Management Meeting 1974
18 Tenneco Inc. 20th Management Meeting 1975
19 Tenneco Inc. 21st Management Meeting
Box Folder
5 1 Tenneco Inc. 22nd Management Meeting 1976
2 Tenneco Inc. Management Development 1975-1978
3 Tenneco Long Range Planning 1974-1981
4 Tenneco Summary of Corporate Strategic Plan 1987-1991 1986
5 Tenneco Summary of Corporate Strategic Plan 1988-1992 1987
6 Tenneco: Administrative Credo 1987
7 Tenneco: Directory of Company Locations 1988
8 Tenneco: Energy Policy Presentation 1986
9 Texas A&M University - College of Engineering Leadership Retreat 1980
Tenneco Planning and Policy – Joe B. Foster
Box Folder
5 10 Administrative Goals 1988
11 Appointment Book 1986
12 Energy Panel Management Meeting: “Energy: Vignettes of Leadership” 1985
13 Executive Resource Review 1988
14 Personal Reflections 1970-1979
15 Planning Analysis 1963-1991
16 Red Hill Development vs. Tenneco Inc. - Trial Testimony of Joe B. Foster 1983
17 Speech Background and Development 1971-1974
18 Speech Background and Development 1975-1980
19 Speech Background and Development (Publications) 1972-1975
19 Energy Options for America - Growth vs. Stagnation, Mobil 1972
19 The Tax Burden On the Domestic Oil and Gas Industry 1967-1970 1972
19 Who Owns Big Oil 1975
19 No Time to Confuse - A Critique of the Final Report of the Energy Policy Project of the Ford Foundation: A Time To Choose America’s Energy Future 1975
Box Folder
6 1 Speech Background and Development (Publications) 1974-1975
1 Louisiana Oil and Gas Facts – Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association 1975
1 Mississippi & Alabama Oil and Gas Facts – Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association 1974
1 Oil Company Profitability – Committee On Finance United States Senate 1974
1 Price Controls and the Natural Gas Shortage – National Energy Project 1975
1 The Assault On Private Enterprise 1974
1 The Natural Gas Shortage and The Congress – National Energy Project 1974
1 Exxon Company, U.S.A.’s Energy Outlook 1975-1990 1975
2 Speech Background and Development (Publications) 1974-1976
2 The Profit Situation – A Special Petroleum Report 1974
2 Outlook for Natural Gas Supply – The Impact of Shortages on Suppliers and Users 1975
2 The Crisis in Natural Gas – A Congressional Colloquy 1975
2 The Offshore Imperative – The Need For ad Potential Of Offshore Exploration 1975
2 Government Interest In Downstream Operations 1976
2 Resources – Muddling Through 1976
2 Exxon USA First Quarter 1974
3 Speeches - Hysteresis and Hypertension in the Natural Gas Business 1986
4 Speeches - People of Vision 1985
5 Speeches - River Oaks Breakfast Association (ROBA) 2008
6 Speeches - Tenneco Capabilities as an Exploration & Production Company 1998
7 Speeches - Various Occasions 1981-2013
8 Tenneco Inc. Issues and Remedies - Notes 1986



Press Coverage

Box Folder
6 9 Tenneco & Energy Growth Articles 1973-2012
10 U.S. Energy and Economy Shortages 1982



Reorganizations / Sell-Offs (Tenneco)

Box Folder
6 11 Anaconda Proposed Merger 1976
12 Change In Control (CIC) - Benefits Protection Program 1988
13 Leveraged Buyout (LBO) Bidding Entity: Encore Oil & Gas 1988
14 Leveraged Buyout (LBO) Participant & State Income Statements 1986-1988
15 Pemex - Establishing A Cooperative Agreement 1988
16 Personnel and Organization Changes 1974-1981
17 Corporate Reorganization & Planning - News Briefs 1962-2013
18 Tenneco - “Offer for Sale” 1986-1988
Box Folder
7 1 Tenneco Gas Pipeline Business Unit 1982-1984
2 Tenneco Eastern Gulf Division OCS Lease Sale 98 1985
3 Tenneco Gas Transportation and Tennessee Gas Company Marketing Program 1985
4 Tenneco Inc. Acquisition Certificate - La-Terre Co., Inc. 1974
5 Tenneco Oil - Exploration & Production Sale Process, L. Wayne Nance Memos 1988
6 Tenneco Restructuring Opportunities 1987-1988
7 Tenneco - Reorganization of Pipeline Division 1987



Reports / Contracts

Box Folder
7 8 “The General Outlook for Petroleum Fuels” 1951
9 Air Products and Chemical Settlement Agreement 1986
10 Canadian Natural Gas Market 1986
11 Comments on Department of Energy (DOE) Gas Decontrol Proposal 1983
12 Contract Pricing Language 1986
13 Estimate of Ultimate and Available Reserves Offshore Louisiana 1963
14 Excerpts from Architecture by Team: A New Concept for the Practice of Architecture undated
15 Exploration & Production Review of Operating Results 1987
16 Industry Competitive Position Study for International Exploration & Production Activities 1985
17 International Energy Contracts - Energy Statistics 1974-1976
18-19 Method of Evaluating Undrilled Prospects in the Gulf of Mexico 1962
20 Pacific Coast Division Field Evaluation 1986
21 Petroleum Industry Research Associates, Inc. (PIRA) Energy Briefing 1987
Box Folder
8 1 Property Status Report - Western Gulf Division 1987
2 Risk Sharing in the Natural Gas Industry 1986-1987
3 Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production Economic Study 1982
4 Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production International Competitor Study 1988
5 Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production Overview 1988
6 Tenneco Oil Processing and Marketing Gasoline Retail 1987
7 Tenneco Record of Progress 1985-1986
8 Tenneco - Chalmette Refinery Modernization Request 1981
9 Tennessee Gas Transmission - Energy Prices & Policy 1976-1981
10 Twentieth Century Petroleum Statistics 1988
11 Well Activity - Gulf Coast Division, Rocky Mountain Division 1988



Tenneco Publications

In addition to materials described in this series, oversize Tenneco publications are available in Series 11.
Box Folder
8 12 Tenneco - Service Awards Dinner 1988
20 Petroleum Outlook Jan-Dec, 1978
Box Folder
9 1 Petroleum Outlook Jun, Aug, 1982
2 Petroleum Outlook Dec 1985
3 Petroleum Outlook Feb, Apr-May, Jul-Aug, Oct, Dec, 1986
4 Petroleum Outlook Jan-Sept, Nov, 1987
5 Prolog E&P Newsletter May, Sept, Dec, 1979
6 Prolog E&P Newsletter Jun, Nov, 1980
7 Prolog - Tenneco Oil E&P 1981 Review, 1982 Preview 1981
8 Prolog - Tenneco Oil E&P Jan, Aug, Oct, Dec, 1982
9 Prolog - Tenneco Oil E&P Spring, Summer, Fall, 1983
10 Prolog - Tenneco Oil E&P Spring, 1984
11 Tenneco Offshore Company, Inc.: Annual Report 1981
12 Tenneco Oil Newsletter Oct 1976, Apr 1977, Jul 1977
13 Tenneco - A Publication of Tenneco Inc. Fall, 1975
14 Tenneco - A Publication of Tenneco Inc. Winter, Summer, 1976
15 Tenneco - A Publication of Tenneco Inc. Summer, Fall, 1977
16 Tenneco - A Publication of Tenneco Inc. Summer, Fall, 1983
17 Tenneco - A Publication of Tenneco Inc. Fall, 1984
18 Tenneco - A Publication of Tenneco Inc. Winter-Fall, 1985
19 Tenneco - A Publication of Tenneco Inc. Winter-Fall, 1986
20 Tenneco - A Publication of Tenneco Inc. Winter-Fall, 1987
21 Tenneco - An Oil Industry Study 1981-1983, 1985-1986
22 Tenneco; Vol 1-3 1967-1969
23 Tenneco; Vol 4-6 1970-1972
24 Tenneco; Vol 7-9 1973-1975
Box Folder
10 1 Tenneco; Vol 10-12 1976-1978
2 Tenneco; Vol 13-15 (1 of 2) 1979-1981
3 Tenneco; Vol 13-15 (2 of 2) 1979-1981
4 Tenneco; Vol 16-18 1982-1984
5 The Line; Annual Reports 1956-1957,1959-1967, 1969-1975
6 The Line; Annual Reports 1976-1987
7 The Line; Annual Reports 1988-1998
Box Folder
11 1 The Line 1967-1970
2 The Line 1971-1973
3 The Line 1974-1976
4 The Line 1977-1979
5 The Line 1980-1982
6 The Line 1983-1986
7 The Line; Vol 1 1946
8 The Line; Vol 2 1947
9 The Line; Vol 3 1947
10 The Line; Vol 4 1949
11 The Line; Vol 5 1950
Box Folder
12 1 The Line; Vol 6 1951
2 The Line; Vol 7 1952
3 The Line; Vol 8 1953
4 The Line; Vol 9 1954
5 The Line; Vol 10 1955
6 The Line; Vol 11 1956
7 The Line; Vol 12 1957
8 The Line; Vol 13 1958
Box Folder
13 1 The Line; Vol 14 1959
2 The Line; Vol 15 1960
3 The Line; Vol 16 Jan-Jun, 1961
4 The Line; Vol 20, Vol 21 1965, 1966
5 Tenneco and Japan 1985
6 Tenneco Gas: 50 Years 1993
7 Tennessee Gas Transmission: Tradition and Tomorrow undated
8 Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production: Geo - Petrol undated
9 Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production Group - Information Book 1987
10 The Tenneco Model in Norway undated
11 The T-World: Tennessee Gas Transmission Company 1961
12 Topics - Published for Tenneco Houston-Based Employees: Houston-Tenneco Marathon 1987
13 ViewPoint - The News and Views of Tenneco Gas Pipeline Group: Oil Company Sells for $7.3 Billion 1988
14 Visions of An Elite Company 2000



Audio / Visual Media

Box Folder
13 15 David Raley Report 1987 Information Book CD 1988
(text document in Box 2, Folder 4)
16 Speech to Arthur Anderson Seminar “Successful Efforts Accounting” VHS 1986
17 Photographs B. Nixon, Tenneco - Photos / Film Aviation 2-CDs 2012
18 Photographs 1960-2004
19 Photographs 1980
Box Folder
14 1 Photographs 1984
2 Photographs Executive Head Shots of Tenneco Exploration & Production undated
3 Photographs Exploration & Production Presentation 1984-1988
4 Photographs Tenneco Executives Black & White 1973-1987
5 Photographs Tenneco Executives Color Snapshots 1973-1987
6 Photographs Joe Foster 1973-1987
7 Photographs Offshore Oil Rigs 1979-1980
8-9 Photographs West Cameron 165, Well #3 1976



Oversized

Audio / Visual Media
Box Folder
15 1 No Trespassing Tenneco Oil Co. Houma La. undated
2 Sing With Tenneco Vinyl Record undated
3 Season’s Greetings, Tenneco Oil Exploration & Production Employee List 1985, undated
4 U.S. Department of the Interior - Safety Award For Excellence 1985
Industry Profiles
Box Folder
15 5 Conoco: 125 Years of Energy 2000
6 Exploration Montage: Strata-Cooper Prospect - Liberty County 2007
7 Schlumberger Alta Mesa Services, LP & Mechanical Properties Log 2009
Maps / Charts
Box Folder
15 8 Pump Intake Pressure (PIP) Summary - Integrated Hole & Cement Volume Major & Minor undated
9 Tennessee Gas Pipeline - Pipeline District Map 1980
10 Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company - Map of South Louisiana And Offshore Areas - Natural Gas Pipelines 1976, 1980
11 Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company - Map of South Louisiana And Outer Continental Shelf - Natural Gas Pipelines 1971
12 Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company - Map of South Texas and Outer Continental Shelf - Natural Gas Pipelines 1971
13 Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company - Map of West Texas-Natural Gas Pipelines 1971
14 Topographical Map - East Texas undated
Tenneco Publications
Box Folder
15 15 The Line; Vol 16-19 Jul-Dec, 1961-1964
Box Folder
16 1 E&P Update Oct-Dec, 1983
2 E&P Update Jan-Dec, 1984
3 E&P Update Jan, Mar-Dec, 1985
4 E&P Update Jan-Feb, May, Jul-Dec, 1986
5 E&P Update; The Best Shots 1986
6 E&P Update Jan-May, Jul-Nov, 1987
7 E&P Update Jan, Aug-Oct, 1988