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Heywood Oil Company of Jennings

Collection 81

Heywood Oil Company of Jennings, 1901–1974

2 ft. 6 in.

The Heywood Oil Company of Jennings was founded on April 29, 1901 by W. Scott Heywood and his brothers Alba, O. W., Clint and Dewey.

The first oil was struck in Louisiana near Jennings, September 21, 1901. During 1902, 548,000 barrels of oil was produced. In 1904 operations continued to increase steadily and by February of that year 35 wells were producing. The peak of production was reached in 1906 when over 9 million barrels of oil were produced. It continued to increase over the years. In 1951, Jennings held a big celebration—Louisiana Golden Oil Jubilee.

Drilling five miles northeast of Jennings, on a tiny 1/32 acre tract of land [rice field], brought in a monumental oil well, which flowed 100,000 barrels daily. That was the start of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana.

This collection contains personal and business correspondence, photographs, newspapers of the Heywood family and oil related scenes, and publications and reports written by W. Scott Heywood.

This collection is on permanent loan to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette the request of Tom Hays, by Jennings Heywood Oil Syndicated.


A. Miscellaneous Newspapers Box 1
B. Family Material 2-01 through 2-04
C. Photographs 3-01 through 3-03
D. Business Papers 3-04 through 3-05a
E. Business Correspondence 4-01 through 4-06
F. Miscellaneous  
  a. Publications 4-07 through 5-01
  b. Reports 5-02
  c. Programs, Certificates 5-03 through 5-04


A. Miscellaneous Newspapers
1-01 Miscellaneous newspapers dated 1901 through 1969 related to the Heywood family and to the oil industry
    120 sheets microfiche
B. Family Material
2-01 Handwritten inventory of Heywood Collection
2-02 Scrapbook of clippings - Alba Heywood Company - in the late 1880s
    [item removed transferred to McNeese Archives]
2-03 Poem about Scott Heywood by Patricia Miller. Framed
2-04 Copy of Scott Heywood obituary from the Southwest Citizen, November 30, 1950 and the Jennings Daily News, November 29, 1950
C. Photographs
3-01 Pictures of people, mainly Heywoods, and oil fields
    [identified in folder 2-01]
3-02 Pictures of people and oil fields
3-03 Pictures of people and oil fields
D. Business Papers
3-04 Memo book, property of Dewey Heywood, Grand Rapids, Mich., c. 1889
3-05 Jubilee Guest - Identification Tag of Mrs. Scott Heywood, September 21-23, 1951
Map Case 13-01
  Map of Jennings Field, Acadia Parish, 1920
3-05a Map of Jennings Field, Acadia Parish, 1920 on CD (donated by Jason Theriot)
E. Business Correspondence
4-01 Correspondence, 1905 - 1907
4-02 Correspondence, 1908 - 1910, undated
4-03 Correspondence, 1912 - 1920, scattered dates
4-04 Correspondence, 1931-1934, 1938
    Louisiana Tax Reform Commission
4-05 Heywood family correspondence
F. Miscellaneous
  a. Publications
4-06 Successful American, April 1902
4-07 Kerr's Report and several copies of the Oil/Investor's Journal
4-08 Certificate of W. Scott Heywood as a member of the Louisiana State Mineral Board, 1941
5-01 Louisiana News Digest. September, 1951
  Code of Fair Competition for the Petroleum Industry, 1933
  Statement of the Oil Situation by W. Scott Heywood, n.d.
  Report, Louisiana Tax Reform Commission, 1932
    [transferred to Louisiana Room]
  Truth About the Oil Situation. W. Scott Heywood
  Louisiana's Golden Oil Jubilee. Program. 1951
F. Miscellaneous
  b. Reports
5-02 Report of Scott Heywood to Governor of Oklahoma, 1931
  Views of the Jennings Oil Field. n.d.
  Executive Report, July and September 1962
  Report. Louisiana Dept. of Conservation. 1962
  Oil and Gas Map of Louisiana
  If Not A Compact Why Not? Mark L. Requa
  Report, Louisiana Tax Reform Commission, 1933
    [transferred to Louisiana Room]
  Report, Louisiana Tax Reform Commission, 1934
    [transferred to Louisiana Room]
F. Miscellaneous
  c. Programs, Certificates
5-03 Certificate. Memorial to Southwest Louisiana Boys Village in the name of Scott Heywood
  Program, 22nd Annual Convention of the Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, 1941
  Program: Opening, Zigler Hotel, Jennings
  Program: Independent Petroleum Association of America Banquet, 1937
  Program: Conference on Conservation of Oil and Gas, 1929
  Certificate: Sure Shot Oil Co. Unlimited
5-04 Facts...Showing the Necessity of Tariff on Foreign Crude Oil by Scott Heywood. (1930s)
  Abstracts, 1904