University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Wesley Gibson Gish Papers, 1923-1977

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gish, Wesley Gibson
Title: Wesley Gibson Gish Papers
Dates: 1923-1977
Abstract: The papers document the career and life of Wesley Gibson Gish (1896-1985), a petroleum geologist and oil company executive.
Accession No.: 87-208; 87-253; 87-254
Extent: 1 ft. 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Wesley Gibson Gish (1896-1985) was a petroleum geologist and oil company executive. Gish’s worked as a field geologist at White Eagle Oil and Refining Company from 1922-1924. He then moved to Sinclair Oil and Gas Company from 1925-1936 where he worked as Chief Geologist, Division Superintendent and Vice-President. His primary responsibility at Sinclair was overseeing leases and properties in the East Texas oil field from the Tyler, Texas office. He served as Transwestern Oil Company’s Vice-President from 1937-1946 and as Vice-President of Deep Rock Oil and Refining Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma for three years. Gish continued his work in the oil and gas industry as an independent consultant from 1951-1967.

Gish was a charter member of the Kansas Geological Society and the American Institute of Professional Geologists and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Geological Association and the South Texas Geological Society.

Scope and Contents

The papers document Gish’s career, his work in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and his personal life. The collection is rich in its coverage of the Texas oil business in the 1930s. Included are materials on company policies; employee and public relations; research notes, field notes, and well reports on oil fields in the Southwest; legal documents, leases, and other material from Gish's lawsuit against Shell; photographs of Texas oil fields and executive turkey hunts; maps, plates, and printed material on oil fields.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gish, Harold S.
Gish, Wesley Gibson—Archives.
Gish, Wesley Gibson Jr.
Gressley, Gene M., 1931-
Kelsey, Dana
Phillips, Henry
Rife, Byron
Ryals Family
Seeligson, Arthur
Sinclair, H. F.
Tatum, J. L.
Vance, Thaddeus B.
Subjects (Organizations)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Deep Rock Oil and Refining Company
Rio Grande Valley Gas Company
Sinclair Oil Corporation.
Transwestern Oil Company
Coloma Creek Oil Field
East Texas Oil Field
Four Corners Oil Field
Hillingdon Ranch
Indians of North America -- Housing.
Marathon Basin Oil Field
Oil and gas
Oil fields
Paradox Basin Oil Field
Petroleum industry and trade
Petroleum -- Texas -- Texas Panhandle.
Schreiner Ranch
Four Corners Region
Kerr County (Tex.)
Marathon Basin (Tex.)
Pecos County (Tex.)
Refugio County (Tex.)
Texas, East
Texas, West

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wesley Gibson Gish Papers, 1923-1977, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2K206 Personal Materials:
Biographical items, 1985 and undated:
Materials related to donation of papers, 1997-1975 and undated
Family and friends, 1981, 1934, 1973-1975
Oil business materials:
Oil company executive:
Sinclair Oil and Gas Company, 1929-1933 and undated
Transwestern Oil Company, 1937-1945
2K207 Independent consultant:
Terrell County, Texas, 1927, 1928, 1959
Coloma Creek, Calhoun County, Texas, 1940-1941 and undated
Ryals Estate and National Drilling Company, 1954-1958
Ingram Oil and Refining Company, 1954-1955 and undated
Garfield County, Oklahoma, 1950-1960 and undated
Four Corners (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah):
Shell Oil legal suit, 1951-1962 and undated
Rio Grande Valley Gas Company, 1964-1968 and undated
2K208 Costal States Gas Producing Company, 1966-1967 and undated
Vance Gas Properties, 1966-1972
Small projects, 1965-1968
Business card, 1962
Publications, organizations, and other professional activities, 1934-1936 and undated
History and future of the oil industry, 1974-1977 and undated
Hunting trips, 1936-1939 and undated
Other materials, 1931, 1967, and undated
3Y98 Photographs:
Negatives and prints:
California trip, 1923
Texas-Oklahoma Panhandle, 1923
Petty Geophysical Engineering Company, deer and turkey hunts, Texas, ca. 1924-1925
Marathon Basin, Del Rio, Texas, area, [Click for images] 1927
Sinclair Oil group at [Lathrop?] Discovery Well, [Click for images] 1931
Petty Geophysical Engineering Company, deer and turkey hunts, Schreiner Y. O. Ranch, Kerry County, Texas, 1938
Petty Geophysical Engineering Company, deer and turkey hunts, [Click for images] 1939-1940
Other images, ca. 1935, 1951
3S225 Oversize prints:
Aerial photograph of Guadalupe Mountains in West Texas
2.116/OD2236 Oversize maps:
Oil well locations, Coloma Creek area of Calhoun County, Texas, 1940
Geologic, of Southern Nowata County, Oklahoma, 1954
W. M. Carter Land Co. Subdivision, Thomas Ranch, Calhoun County, 1919
OD 1277 Journal-guide to Texas Oil, from Oil & Gas Journal, 1951
2.325/V32 County Correlator for Texas Oil, from Oil & Gas Journal, 1954
Four Corners Field, St. Clair County (Michigan), undated
Portions of Casco, China, Ira and Cottrellville Townships and Four Corners Field (Michigan), undated
Coloma Creek Area, Calhoun County, Texas, 1940
Subsurface, Coloma Creek and Magnolia Beach Fields, Calhoun County, Texas, 1949
Weaver Pasture of Walter Schreiner Shooting Preserve, 1938
Col-Tex Oil Inc. et al, Ryals and “Pearson” Leases, Ryals Estate Lands, Old Refugio Field, Refugio County, Texas, undated
Portion of Baldwin County, Alabama, [1945?]
Oversize, general:
Diagrammatic layout plan of National Drilling Company, Proposed Field Compressor Station, Refugio, Texas, 1957
Ledger Sheets, National Drilling Company, Ryals Estate and Ryals-Pearson Leases, 1951-1960
Oil and Gas Lease: Transwestern Oil Company and Jay and Mary Addie Hubbard, Calhoun County, Texas, 1941
2.116/OD2236 Graph of “Insoluble residue studies and correlations of the Arbuckle Group of southern Oklahoma,” undated
2.325/V32 Audio:
Cassette tape of Donald Reese talking to the Mississippi Geological Society on the development of the East Texas Oil Field, 1975
[with transcript]