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Your Stake in the U.S. Senate - Will Wilson Campaign Ad (1961)
Will Wilson campaign ad advocating for the petroleum industry in Texas
Yount-Manion Films - Yount-Lee Tank Farm
Aerial footage of the Yount-Lee Tank Farm
Yount-Manion Films - Beaumont Oil Fields in the 1920s
Home movie of the Yount-Lee Oil Fields in Beaumont
Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil (1985)
1985 documentary about the history of the Texas oil boom and the role of the independent wildcatter
Twenty-Four Hours of Progress (1950)
Industrial film examining how important the oil industry is in the American economy
Category - The Western Pipeline Collection
The Weidman Collection - NBC News Segments (1980, 1982-4)
Compilation reel of news stories produced by the NBC News Bureau in Houston, including segments about Bra...
The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection - PM Magazine Episode (1980)
Complete episode of PM Magazine for Beaumont’s KFDM-TV, featuring profiles of the Hilltop Herb Farm and S...
The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection - Offshore Drilling (1979)
PM Magazine segment for Beaumont’s KFDM-TV about the experience of those working on an offshore oil platf...
The Texas Experience - Steve Kanaly Presents the Spindletop Gusher
Steve Kanaly discusses the history and significance of the discovery of oil at Spindletop.
The Supporting Cast: The Extraordinary “Ordinary” People of Spindletop (2000)
Educational film about the beginnings of Spindletop oil field and expansive growth of Beaumont during the...
The Southwestern States (1953)
1953 educational film describing the Southwestern United States
The Sloane Collection, no. 19 - Houston Post Composing Room and Goose Creek Oil Field
Footage of the composing room at the Houston Post and aerial views of Goose Creek Oil Field
The Sloane Collection, no. 16 - Oil Well Fire
Footage of an oil well fire being fought by a team of roughnecks
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 11 - Prominent Texans at Morgan’s Point
Home movie scenes of prominent Texas men posing for a photograph in Morgan’s Point
The Ron and Joanna Clark Collection - Austin Update with Ron Clark and Michael Williams (1999)
Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams discusses regulatory reform, technology modernization, and e...
The Raiford H. Burton Collection, no. 1 - Summer in Midland (1953)
Home movie scenes of the Burtons with a new puppy and celebrating a friend’s birthday at a pool party
The Raiford H. Burton Collection, no. 3 - Family Travels (1930)
Home movie scenes of the Burton family traveling in 1930
The Raiford H. Burton Collection, no. 2 - Texas Centennial and WWII Scrap Metal Drive (1930-43)
Home movie footage of the Burton family, the Texas Centennial Exposition, and a WWII scrap metal drive
The Lyndon B. Johnson and Caddo National Grasslands
Educational film created by the National Forests in Texas that features the Lyndon B. Johnson and Caddo G...
The Johnson Collection - Permian Basin Oil Show Parade (1954)
Home movie footage of a lively kick-off event for the biennial Permian Basin Oil Show in Odessa
The Horak Family Collection, no. 18 - Corpus Christi
Home movie footage of a rainy winter day on the waterfront of Corpus Christi
The Graham Collection - Ascarate Park and Oil Drilling
1960s home movie of family celebrations and vacations in El Paso, as well as the construction of an oil well
The Flowline of Understanding (c. 1953)
Training film discussing how proper communication between employees in the oil industry prevents accidents
The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 15 - Texas Oil Fields (1937)
1930s home movie capturing oil fields in the Panhandle, as well as South and West Texas
The Chocolate Bayou Story
Industrial film highlighting IBM 1800 computer system at work in Monsanto’s Chocolate Bayou complex
The Big Job (1977)
1977 industrial film produced for Texaco to educate viewers about their offshore oil exploration efforts
Texas: Land of Contrast (1966)
Travel film highlighting the variety of recreational activities found in Texas, especially at its many st...
Texas - The Big State
Commissioned by the Santa Fe Railway Company and produced by Dudley Pictures Corporation, this film provi...
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum Tour (1989)
Educational film with a narrated tour of Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum, featuring replicas of th...
Spindletop 2001: The Big Day (2001)
Local news production covering the Beaumont’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of discovering of oil ...
Southeast Texas: Stories of the Century (1999)
Special feature for Beaumont’s KFDM-TV highlighting ten major historical figures and events as they occur...
Sea Robin (1971)
Promotional film highlighting the Sea Robin pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico
Riches Loom for Village Folk in Texas Oil Rush
Film depicting the population explosion in the rural east Texas town of Talco after the discovery of oil ...
Ray Jelinek Collection, no. 11 - Oil Drilling Operation
1950s-era black-and-white film examining the mechanics of a large-scale oil drilling operation, location ...
Railroad Commission of Texas: 100 Years of Service to Texas (1992)
Short documentary chronicling the history of the state agency and its role within the oil and gas industry
R.H. Burton Geophysics Films (1953-54)
Footage of Headlee Field in West Texas shot by R.H. Burton
R.H. Burton Geophysics Films (1931-1953)
Compilation footage of oil fields shot by Raiford Harold (R.H.) Burton from 1931-1953
Passage to Prudhoe (1969)
KPRC-TV documentary chronicling the historic voyage of the SS Manhattan through the Northwest Passage
Oil Today, Power Tomorrow (1950)
Industrial film describing how oil is drilled and then turned into power