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Perkins and Branch Oil Museum Collection

Collection 279

Perkins and Branch Oil Museum. Collection, 1951-1991

5 inches, oversize

David L. Perkins and Dan P. Branch were architects from Lafayette who worked on a project to establish a “Louisiana Gulf Coast Petroleum Energy Museum.” The objective of the museum was to collect, preserve, study, and exhibit significant objects of the petroleum industry, as well as increasing public knowledge and understanding of this indigenous enterprise. This museum was to be located near Vermilionville and Beaver Park. The project did not go through.

This collection consists of drawings, floor plans, correspondence, financial reports, planning reports, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings, and writings from people in oil-related fields.

This collection was donated by David L. Perkins and Dan P. Branch.

Series:

A. Correspondence 1-01
B. Financial Records 1-02
C. Report 1-03
D. Publicity  
    1. News articles 1-04
    2. News clippings 1-05 thru 1-07
    3. Newsletter 1-08
E. Maps 1-09
F. Photographs 1-10 thru 1-13
G. Writings 1-14 thru 1-36
H. Miscellaneous 1-37 thru 1-38
Oversize: Architecture Plans: Map case 17-05

Inventory:

Box 1
1-01 Correspondence: 1951, 1984, 1990-1991
1-02 Financial Records: Energy-Petroleum Museum, Lafayette, LA
    Includes preliminary program - percentages/functions
1-03 Report: Planning report, 1991
    Includes programming facts, objective of the museum, projected outline details of the museum, etc.
1-04 Publicity: News articles, n.d.
    “Roll with the Times”, Travelhost, (2 articles)
    “Oil-Scott Heywood and Charlie Houssier”, no other information given
1-05 Publicity: News clippings, 1951
    Re: Scott Heywood; Joe A. Myers (2 articles)
1-06 Publicity: News clipping, 1981: July 30
    The Jennings Daily News Oil Edition, (15 pages)
1-07 Publicity: News clippings, 1991
    “Energy Museum plans unveiled”, Acadiana Free Press
    “Drilling on Lake Maracaibo”, Houston Chronicle
1-08 Publicity: Newsletter, Issue No. 1
    “The Petroleum Energy Museum of the Gulf Coast”, Lafayette, LA
1-09 Maps: Aerial maps, street maps, etc. of Lafayette, LA, photocopies
1-10 Photographs: Aerial view of Lafayette, LA, n.d.
    Original (1 item)
1-11 Photographs: Oil Men and Women, n.d.
    Re: Gloria Knox, Hubert Humphrey, John Love, Jack Hayes, R.P. “Tiny” Phillips, Congressman Jimmie Hayes, George Schneider, Homer Fred Staggs, W.M. “Dub” Hudson, and Granvel O. Salmon
1-12 Photographs: Oil wells, Oil Rigs, etc.
    Originals and copies, some unidentified
    Water Well, 1897: September 15, Gainesville, TX (copy)
    The Anthony Lucas well, 1901: January 10 (copy)
    Jennings Evangeline Field, 1901 (copy)
    Others (copies)
    Oil Well (original), unidentified
1-13 Photographs: Album, Oil Museum, n.d., Originals
1-14 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    After the Report, The Center Lost Federal Funds, n.d.
1-15 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    The Boom that Blew Up the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry, n.d.
1-16 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Conoco’s Environmental Initiatives Announced on earth Day, 1990, by Constantine S. Nicandros, Houston, TX, 1990: April 10
1-17 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Cutline: Black Gold—Sin Spindle top days, 1901-1903
1-18 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Dailey J. Bernard is the Most Outspoken Leader in the Acadiana Oil Service Field, n.d.
1-19 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Drilling at 4089 in Shale, by John Love, n.d.
1-20 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    He was “Mr. Sun Oil Company” in Lafayette, LA, n.d.
1-21 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Lafayette, LA - Home of a Thousand Millionaires, by William K. Stevens, The New York Times, 1981: March 8
1-22 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Lamson was a Fund Drive Dynamo, n.d.
1-23 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    The Message was Loud and Clear from 1973-1980, n.d.
1-24 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    National Press Called Lafayette, LA, “Little Houston”, n.d.
1-25 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Nationally Well Publicized Job Loss Figures and Vacancies in Office Buildings and Housing Foreclosures in the Oil States ..., n.d.
1-26 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Oil Import: Fee Pushed at Early 1987 Hearings from Hobbs, N.M. to Lafayette, LA, n.d.
1-27 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Oil People: A Gap in Understanding. Table of Contents, n.d.
1-28 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Oil People: From Spindle Top to Kuwait, by Frances and John Love, n.d.
1-29 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Oil People Need the Public’s Understanding, n.d.
1-30 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Oil People Still Have the American Pioneer Spirit, n.d.
1-31 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    The Public Doesn’t Understand, n.d.
1-32 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Rick and Sharon Rountree: How They Spend Their Money, by William K. Stevens, The New York times, 1981: March 8
1-33 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    There are Accounts in Louisiana about how the Indians of the Swamplands knew about oil, when they saw it bubble up to the surface, n.d.
1-34 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Transportation: Cars, planes, busses, trains..., n.d.
1-35 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Miscellaneous writings, 1 page only each, n.d.
1-36 Writings: Oil Museum related material
    Miscellaneous writings, 2 pages only each, n.d.
1-37 Miscellaneous: Descriptions about other oil museums, n.d.
    East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore, TX
    Ector County Coliseum, West Texas
    Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame, TX
1-38 Miscellaneous: Brochure
    Your Museum: Five reasons Museum Arts can make it a success story, n.d.
OVERSIZE: Map case: 17-05
Architectural plans
Louisiana Gulf Coast Petroleum Energy Museum, Lafayette. By David L. Perkins and Dan P. Branch.
1. Color drawing
2. Site plan - floor plan
3. Lower level 1/40' color sketch
4. Color sketch
5. 8 ½ x 11-roof plan
6. 8 ½ x 11-lower level plan
7. Floor level (copy)
8. Floor plan lower level (copy)
9. Color sketch-showing location. Vermilion river/US 90
10. Roof plan (copy)
11. Unidentified (copy) - 13 pp. Roof plan
12. Floor scale - 3 pages. Floor plan lower level; roof plan (originals)
13. Drawing
14. North Eley - drawing
15. Floor plan - 4 pages (2 copies each)
16. Map showing property - 6-12-58
17. Latest Marsh Rig and Hel. Pad
18. Pencil drawing. Floor plan
19. Blue print and aerial view