University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Omohundro (P. G.) Papers, 1834-1955



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Omohundro, P. G.
Title: Omohundro (P.G.) Papers,
Dates: 1834-1955
Abstract: Correspondence, survey records, blueprint and hand-drawn maps, and related documents produced by P. G. Omohundro, ca. 1900-1930, record his professional and business activities in early oil exploration in Texas.
Accession No.: 87-29
Extent: 9 ft.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Philip Grymes Omohundro was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 10, 1862. He graduated in 1883 from the Virginia Military Institute, where he was a charter member of the Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Omohundro moved to Texas a year after graduation. On December 7, 1898, he married Jessie May Sherburn. They had five children together: Philip, Margaret, Edward, Eugenia, and Joseph. Both Eugenia and Margaret died of wasting fevers at a young age. Soon after Omohundro's marriage, in 1899, he settled in Beaumont, Texas, where he worked as a surveyor and civil enginee. Later in life, he worked as a surveyor for the Sun Oil Company. Omohundro died in Beaumont on May 30, 1930.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, survey records, blueprint and hand-drawn maps, and related documents produced by P. G. Omohundro, ca. 1900-1930, record his professional and business activities in early oil exploration in Texas. This exploration covered several Texas counties such as Angelina, Brazoria, Chambers, Cameron, Eastland, Harris, Jasper, Polk, Sabine, and Tyler. However, the bulk of the material centers on the counties of Hardin, Liberty, Orange, and Jefferson. Accordingly, the files of surveys and related materials are arranged by county.

The Omohundro Papers also document the many oil companies Omohundro worked with, such as Humble Oil, Gulf Pipe Line, and Spindle Top Oil. The papers contain his personal memorandum and time books, which served as his calendars of daily events. Furthermore, Omohundro's professional papers include a group of documents removed from the books Field Engineering: A Handbook and Field Manual for Road Engineers. The papers are a combination of field notes, mathematical calculations, and financial documents.

This collection contains a small number of photographs, including one of Omohundro's son Philip. Finally, correspondence with other fraternity members and published histories evidence Omohundro's strong continued interest in the Sigma Nu fraternity.


Index Terms

Omohundro, P. G.
Omohundro, Philip Grymes
Texas--Surveys
Virginia Military Institute
Sun Oil Company
Petroleum industry and trade

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Omohundro (P. G.) Papers, 1834-1955, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2N1 Assorted materials
Correspondence
Humble Oil, 1919-1922
E. A. Giraund, 1894-1919
1886-1895
1900-1907
1908-1909
1910-1913
1913-1915
1915-1917
1917-1918
box
2N2 1918-1919
1919
1920-1923
1923-1925
1925-1930
Undated
box
2N3 Cross section book, 1906
Field books
1901-1902
1903-1904
1904-1908
1909-1910
box
2N4 1910-1913
1914-1918
1919, 1954-1955
box
2W93 Index of field books of P. G. Omohundro (deceased)
box
2N4 Financial documents
General
Mutual Life Insurance, 1920-1925
Tax documents, 1884-1924
"Kopp's Unique Office Binder" (notebook to be used in connection with duplicating transit and field books)
Legal documents
box
2N5 Level books
1901-1902
1902-1904
1904-1909
1909-1911
1913-1914
1916-1918
box
2N6 1920-1925
Mathematical calculations
box
2W46 Mathematical calculations
box
2.116/OD1220 Mathematical calculations
box
2N6 Memorandum books
1892-1918
1919-1929
Newspaper clippings
box
2W46 Newspaper sections
The Washington Post, February 25, 1885
The Pampa News, February 22, 1927
Pampa Daily News, March 15, 1927
box
2N6 Papers removed from Field Engineering: A Handbook
Papers removed from Field Manual for Road Engineers
box
3516.4 Photographs
box
2N7 Publications
Field Engineering: A Handbook of the Theory and Practice of Railway Surveying, Location and Construction
A Field Manual For Railroad Engineers
Gurley's Manual: American Engineers' and Surveyors' Instruments
Surveys and related material
Index of field notes
Land office
Blank applications
Angelina county
Archer county
Bexar county
box
2W93 Field notes
box
2W46 Boone county
box
2W93 Bowie county
box
2N7 Brazoria county
Brown county
Brownwood, TX
Cameron county
Brownsville, TX
Paredes Land
box
2N8 Chambers county
Desoto parish (Louisiana)
Notebook
Eastland county
Galveston county
General
High Island notes, 1923
Gonzales county
Grayson county
Sherman, Texas
Hardin county
B. L. Jordan
Choate, Chandler, Tyner
Field notes
General
box
2W46 General
box
2.116/OD1220 General
box
2N8 Marie Ogden et al.
box
2N9 Ogden, Parker ledgers
Harris county
box
2W46 Hutchinson county
box
2.116/OD1220 Hutchinson county
box
2N9 Jasper county
General
box
2W93 General
box
2.116/OD1220 General
box
2N9 Burr's Ferry, Browndell, & Chester Railway Company
Jefferson county
Abstract of title
Abstract of title - addition
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2W93 General
box
2W46 General
box
2.116/OD1220 General
box
2N10 General
Gladys Oil Company
Gulf Pipe Line Company (Gulf Production Company)
1917-1925
box
2N19 1926-1927
box
2N10 1927-1928
1928
Undated
J. J. Burrell et al. vs. Yoshio Mayumi et al.
Jefferson Abstract Company, court record
Joseph Johnston League
Kirby Lumber Company
Rochford Abstract Company
Savory, Spears, surveys (envelope says property of Forrest Daniell)
Spindle Top Power Company storage tanks
box
2N11 Spindle Top Power Company storage tanks
Sykes and Omohundro
Texas Tram
Various letters, notes, and memoranda - Beaumont and Rockland
Veatch, Humphries
Wingate survey
Yoshio Mayumi et al.
Liberty county
General
box
2W93 General
box
2.116/OD1220 General
box
2N11 Higgins Oil (Wallace), Nana Mills
Stengele papers
Los Angeles county (California)
Lubbock county
McLennan county
Cow Bayou
box
2N12 Orange county
Foreman
General
box
2W93 General
box
2W46 General
box
2N12 Hartburg Lumber Company
Jacob Dyson title
HJL Stark et al.
Miller Vidor/McKinney Lumber Company
Sabine River, Stark, et al.
box
2N13 Yount-Lee
Pecos county
D. F. Robertson, surveys no. 1 and 2
box
2W93 General
box
2W46 General
box
2.116/OD1220 General
box
2N13 General
Pecos river survey
Polk county
Runnels county
box
2W46 General
box
2.116/OD1220 General
box
2N13 School land survey, no. 3
Sabine county
box
2W46 Sabine county
box
2N13 San Augustine county
box
2.116/OD1220 San Augustine county
box
2N13 San Patricio county
Tarrant county
box
2W46 Travis county
box
2N13 Travis county
Tyler county
box
2.116/OD1220 Tyler county
box
2N13 Location unknown
Allen-Caswell
Chaison-Dunlap
Dyson-King
Knight-Radcliff
Reid-Whitley
box
2N14 Wickinson-Votaiv
Batron and vicinity: Donahoo, Wood, Lejaza, and Greer
Gilbert Kennedy, record book, 1923
Josey-Miller
Logue, Hanna, and Scott, notebooks
Lube Plant construction notes
Lucas Avenue, topography, J. Cook Wilson
Mary Ellen Company storage tanks
Mayfield, Ellender, Donahoe, Martinez, Eaton, Osborne, Garcia, and Shevano
Unidentified
box
2W46 Unidentified
box
2.116/OD1220 Unidentified
box
2N14 Multiple counties
Archer, Brazos, and Denton counties
Wichita Falls Works
Field notes of deed
Galveston and McLennan counties
High Island, Meander, and Cow Bayou
box
2W46 General
box
2.116/OD1220 General
box
2N14 Hardin and Liberty counties
box
2N15 Jefferson and Orange counties
Land deeds
Miscellaneous information in Beaumont city track and in Orange county
Liberty and Chambers counties
Notebooks of survey notes
Survey notes index
box
2N16 Survey notes of Willie Donahoe
Survey notes of H. R. Williams
Time books, 1904, 1929
Transit books
1903-1904
1904-1905
1905-1906
1907-1908
1910-1911
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2N17 1912
1912-1913
1913
1914-1921
1923
Transit and level duplicating field books
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2N18 Virginia Military Institute
Class notebook
Correspondence (Sigma Nu fraternity)
Delta journals
The Story of Sigma Nu