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Offshore Oil and Gas History Project

Collection 301

Offshore Oil and Gas History Project, 2001–2006

5 volumes, 48 Gigabytes

The Minerals Management Service (MMS), U.S. Department of the Interior, sponsored a study to examine the historical evolution of the offshore oil and gas industry and its effects on Louisiana’s coastal culture, economy, landscape, and society. The study began with a team of researchers from the Center for Energy Studies at Louisiana State University (LSU); The Departments of History and Business at the University of Houston (UH), in collaboration with History International, Inc. (HI); the Program in Public History Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona (UA).

Between 2001 and 2006, over 450 interviews were recorded for The Offshore Oil and Gas History Project. Each interview provides a unique look at the offshore oil and gas industry and its impacts on workers, their families, and their communities. The interviews were conducted between 2001 and 2006 with men and women who lived and/or worked in Southern Louisiana or Houston, TX in the decades that mark the beginning and early development of the offshore petroleum industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

The audio recordings and transcripts of the interviews are organized within notebooks on compact discs. Access copies of the transcripts are available at the Louisiana Digital Library and are sorted alphabetically by interviewee last name.

See control folder:

Compact Disc: History of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry in Southern Louisiana: Interim Report; Volumes I, II, and III. Prepared under MMS Contract 1435-01-02-Ca-85169 by LSU Center for Energy Studies.


A. Interview Recordings
    1. University of Arizona Volumes 1-3
    2. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Volume 4
B. Interview Transcripts, Digital Photographs and Digital Consent Forms Volume 5


Box 1: Interview Recordings - University of Arizona, A-D, 2001-2003
Box 2: Interview Recordings - University of Arizona, D-M, 2001 - 2005
Box 3: Interview Recordings - University of Arizona, M-U, 2001 - 2005
Box 4: Interview Recordings - University of Arizona, U-Z, 2001 – 2005
Interview Recordings - University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2001 - 2003
Interview Transcripts, Digital Photographs, Digital Consent Forms, Project History and Materials, 2001 - 2006 (includes index)