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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Early Construction--United States

International Construction

Films

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Clare J. Colman Papers, circa 1940s-1986



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Colman, Clare J.
Title: Colman, Clare J., Papers
Dates: circa 1940s-1986
Abstract: The Colman papers consist of photographs, reports and other materials related to Clare J. Colman’s work for the petroleum industry. The records span from the late 1940s to the early 1980s and consist mainly of photographs. Earlier photographs document rig construction in the Gulf of Mexico for Magnolia Petroleum Company. Photographs from the 1960s to 1980s reflect the many trips Colman made to Norway, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and various other locations. Subject matter is often partially constructed rigs, mechanized parts, tests and experiments, schematic and presentation slides, and photographs of oil industry colleagues.
Accession No.: 2005-194
OCLC No.:
Extent: 2 ft., 1 in.; 4 films
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Over the span of 37 years, Clare J. Colman worked for the petroleum industry in a variety of roles. He participated in the planning of offshore drilling operations, platform construction, and the development of innovative deepwater drilling technology.

A World War II veteran and later a civil affairs officer, Colman graduated from Kansas University with a degree in engineering. He then joined Magnolia Petroleum Company, an early subsidiary of Mobil Oil Corporation. Beginning in the United States, he eventually traveled the world and oversaw some of the first offshore oil drilling operations. He worked in several locales, including the Gulf of Mexico, Scotland, and Newfoundland.

Colman’s knowledge and expertise led him to chair the Deep Offshore Technology Conference in 1983. He also received the Centennial Medal of the Portuguese National Geographic Society in 1985. Colman became a full-time volunteer in 1984 and spent his time involved in various civic activities. He died July 27, 2007.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle (2007). Colman, Clare J. Retrieved from http://www2.ljworld.com/obituaries/2007/oct/01/clare_colman/

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Scope and Contents

The Colman papers consist of photographs, reports and other materials related to Clare J. Colman’s work for the petroleum industry. The records span from the late 1940s to the early 1980s and consist mainly of photographs. Earlier photographs document rig construction in the Gulf of Mexico for Magnolia Petroleum Company. Photographs from the 1960s to 1980s reflect the many trips Colman made to Norway, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and other locations. Subject matter is often partially constructed rigs, mechanized parts, tests and experiments, schematic and presentation slides, and photographs of oil industry colleagues. Colman did not take all of these photographs himself, though he collected them throughout his career. He also maintained his interest in the oil industry after his retirement, as evidenced by a 1985 letter from a colleague. This letter accompanies slides and information about a new drilling project.

Bound materials include works published to commemorate the petroleum industry and to document complex deepwater drilling projects. Also included is a mainly pictorial publication documenting Hurricane Audrey, which coincides with photographs Colman took of the devastation it caused in 1957.

Four 16mm films are also included in the collection. Two are widely distributed films produced by Mobil. They detail the complicated nature of offshore oil drilling. A much earlier film (circa 1950s) contains amateur footage of tests made on a Magnolia drilling platform forU.S. Army Engineers. Another film is about equipment used in deep sea drilling.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged into four series:
  • I. Early Construction--United States
  • II. International Construction
  • III. Published Materials
  • IV. Films

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Colman, Clare--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Magnolia Petroleum Company
Mobil Corporation
Subjects
Offshore oil well drilling
Petroleum--History
Petroleum engineering
Places
Gulf of Mexico
Louisiana
North Sea
Texas

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Related Material

See also ExxonMobil Historical Collection, 1790-2004.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Clare J. Colman Papers, circa 1940s-1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nicole Hollon, July, 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Early Construction--United States

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2.207/L82 Visits 1-103, circa 1950s
Construction #1-6, circa 1960-1966
Louisiana Construction Pictures, circa 1948-1953
Negative Plates of Construction Projects, circa 1950s
Negatives of Unknown Construction Sites and Platforms, circa 1940-1951
Negatives of Constructions Locations, Texas and Louisiana, circa 1950s
Hull Underground Project, 1959
Burn Test, 1958
Slides at Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor, 1962
Photographic Slides-Alabama, Louisiana, Texas locations, 1959

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International Construction

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2.207/L83 Photograph & Schematic Slides of International Locations, circa 1966-1984
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2.207/L84 Statfjord Development Project Monthly Report Photos, October, 1975-June,1977
Lower Mobile Bay/Mary Ann Field Project, circa 1985

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Films

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2.207/L82 History: Magnolia – Socony by C. J. Colman, 1986
Petroleum Panorama, 1859-1959, the Oil & Gas Journal, 1959
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2/FILM G72 De Long Caisson Air Jack, circa 1950s
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2/FILM G73 Beneath the North Sea, circa 1970s
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2/FILM G74 Building Beryl B, circa 1970s
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2/FILM G75 Seal Presents SAS Atmospheric Systems, circa 1950s

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