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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the R. D. Parker Family Papers, 1924-1959



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Parker, Richard Denny
Title: R. D. Parker Family Papers
Dates: 1924-1959
Abstract: Richard Denny Parker was an early railroad builder and former chief of two divisions of the Texas Railroad Commission.
Accession No.: 72-31; 2000-074; 2002-104; 2002-149
Extent: 14 ft. 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Richard Denny Parker was an early railroad builder and former chief of two divisions of the Texas Railroad Commission. Parker graduated from the Univeristy of Texas with a degree in civil engineering in 1898. He began his career with the U. S. Geological Survey surveying Indian Territory before embarking on a railroad career in 1899. Parker worked for the International and Great Northern Railroad and the Houston and Texas Central Railroad before being named chief engineer of the Railroad Commission of Texas in 1908. In 1920 he became chief engineer of the new gas utilities division and was appointed chief in 1927. He resigned from state service in 1934 to become a private consultant until his retirement in 1948. Parker was married to Nona Lee Clement and fathered four sons and one daughter, Lila Anne Parker.

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Scope and Contents

The papers relate to the Parker family history and R. D. Parker’s career and the oil business, particularly technical aspects of oil production during the 1930s and 1940s. The records also relate to the operation of the Parker Jersey Farm in Groesbeck, Texas and to various legal and financial interests of R. D. Parker in Austin and throughout Texas. The family-related portion of the papers include R. D. Parker’s genealogical research; correspondence from the Parker, Clement and Connell families of Travis and Milam counties from the 1890s through 1940s; and Nona Clement’s class notes from her tenure at the University of Texas.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Restricted access. A portion of the papers is temporarily restricted due to preservation concerns. Contact repository for more information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Connally, Tom, 1877-1963.
Culberson, Olin
Foran, E. V.
Foran, Lester
Jester, Beauford
Knode, William F.
Parker, Nona C.
Parker, Richard Denny--Archives.
Parker, W. S.
Parker, William L.
Schoch, E. P.
Thompson, Ernest O.
Walker, Jay P.
Subjects (Organizations)
Railroad Commission of Texas
Subjects
Petroleum engineering.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Calgary (Alta.)
Calvert (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Groesbeck (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
Tulsa (Okla.)
Union County (Ark.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

R. D. Parker Family Papers, 1924-1959, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3F90 R. D. Parker career and business:
General correspondence:
D, 1930-1940
O, 1935-1940
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3F91 P, 1929-1943
XYZ, 1935-1936
Classified correspondence:
C. W. Arlitt - B. B. Boatright
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3F92 Byrd-Frost:
Long Lake Project - F. H. E. Oil Company
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3F93 E. V. Foran, 1935-1936 – Hagan and Stewart, Almer Hagan
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3F94 D. S. Hitt Jr., Big Lake Oil Company – Introductory letters, oil company executives
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3F95 George M. Kirkwood – Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association
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3F96 Missouri-Pacific Railway, Right-of-way at Greta, Refugio County – R. D. Parker, Social Security claim
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3F97 William L. Parker – L. W. Smith, 1938-1940
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3F98 Southwest Drilling Company – Jay P. Walker, 1938
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3F99 Jay P. Walker, 1939 – H. B. Zachry Company
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3F100 General files:
Accounting – gas properties, 1938-1945
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3F101 Genealogy – Legislature
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3F102 Long blanks – Portex Oil Company
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3F103 Proration schedules, 1936 – Railroad Commission, Oil and Gas Division
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3F104 Railroad Commission orders – Railroad Commission tenders
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3F105 Recycling articles – repressuring reports
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3F106 Spacing orders – Treasury Department
Legal and financial
Ad velorem taxes, 1930-1945
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3F107 Legal and financial:
Balance sheets:
Miscellaneous – Process Oil Company, 1937-1941
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3F108 Bills paid, 1937-1940
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3F109 Corpus Christi National Bank, 1936-1938:
Ledger
Parker
Foran
Knode
Boatright
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4M590 1939-1940:
Ledger
Parker
Foran
Knode
Boatright
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3F110 Miscellaneous:
Ledger
Parker
Foran
Knode
Boatright
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3F111 Technical reports:
Amerada Petroleum Corporation and others vs. O. R. Cooper and others
Camp Drilling and Camp Production Company, 1937
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3F112 Centennial Oil Company:
Plymouth Oil Company, November 1936 – Devonian Oil Company, Motley lease, June 1936
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3F113 Devonian Oil Company, Texas and New Mexico, May 1939 – Gulf Oil Company vs. General American, September 1939
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3F114 Gulf Oil Company vs. Harry Hanbury, June 1938 – Gulf Oil Company vs. Railroad Commission and O. R. Cooper:
Post Oak Baptist Church Lot
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3F115 Gulf Oil Company vs. Railroad Commission and H. H. Knox – Gulf Oil Company vs. Starnes
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3F116 Gulf Oil Company vs. Trico, November 1939 – Joe B. Hurley Estate, Schuler Field, Arkansas Preliminary Drafts
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3F117 Joe B. Hurley Estate, Schuler Field, Arkansas, Final Report – E. M. Jones Company, Pressure Maintenance Project, Schuler Field, Arkansas
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3F118 Lewis H. Jones Permit Application – Midas Oil Company
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3F119 Midstates Oil Corporation vs. Fullerton and Morgan – Pipeline rates and gathering charges, Interstate Commerce Commission, 1938
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3F120 Albert Plummer Drilling Company, February 1935 – Pure Oil Company, Van Field
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3F121 Regent Oil Company vs. Railroad Commission – Sayfire Oil Company vs. Massad, January 1938
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3F122 Selby Oil Company, Cole lease – Tarpon Oil Company vs. Railroad Commission
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3F123 Texas Company and Gulf Oil vs. Constantin and Company – Tidewater Oil Company vs. B. H. Roger
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3F124 Turman Oil Company vs. Railroad Commission, Brightwell lease, Rusk County – H. B. Zachry, recycling project, Navarro crossing field
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3T80 Photographs of office interiors
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2.325/A91b Parker family history:
Genealogical research and correspondence
“History of the Hanna Family”
Birth certificates:
R. D. Parker
Nona Clement Parker
David Parker
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3H139 Family correspondence:
Undated
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3H140 1885-1906
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3H141 1907-1913
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3H142 1914-1917
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3H143 1918-1919
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3H144 1920-1922
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3H145 1923-1925
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3H146 1926-1934
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3H147 1935-1959
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3T80 Parker family photographs
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2002-104 [RECORDS TEMPORARILY RESTRICTED FOR PRESERVATION REASONS] R. D. Parker’s personal correspondence, family genealogy and business records relating to the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission and the partnership of Parker, Foran and Knode (later Parker, Foran & Boatwright) and Nona Clement’s class notes from her tenure at UT.

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