The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 268
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Notable vacancies exist in the historical treatment of the Texas
petroleum industry. Some major companies of the state, such as
Gulf, Magnolia, and Texaco, have not been subjects of serious
historical scholarship. Little of significance has been done in the
specialized phases of refining and marketing. The derivative in-
dustries, which presently have assumed a place of real importance
in the Texas industry, are relatively untouched. Since most of
these derivative industries date from World War II, it is not too
early to expect serious historical coverage. This is also a field an
economic historian could investigate profitably.
In the last dozen or so years, much of the serious historical re-
search and writing on the industry has been done with grants
from major oil companies. The gratifying feature of this program
is that competent historians have been awarded the grants. The
results have not been public relations blurbs, but scholarly, ob-
jective investigations. It is hoped that further substantial grants
will be made available to those who would fill the gaps in the
history of the 'Texas oil industry.
BADEN, ANNE L. (comp.), The Petroleum Industry: A Selected
List of Recent References (Washington, The Library of Congress,
Division of Bibliography, 1942). 60o pp.
For the serious student of the petroleum industry, this bibliography is an invalu-
able aid. It contains all the important publications in the Library of Congress on
oil. Many of the items listed are of no interest to the historian, since the bibliog-
raphy contains a complete coverage of all phases of the industry. An excellent
index further enhances the value of this publication.
BARTLEY, ERNEST R., The Tidelands Oil Controversy, A Legal
and Historical Analysis (Austin, University of Texas Press, 1953).
The conflict between the legal rights of states and the federal government is
thoroughly examined by the author. He puts this controversy in its historical
setting from Roman times to the present, giving special attention to the Texas case.
This well-written and extensively documented volume makes an invaluable con-
tribution on a vital issue.
BOATWRIGHT, MODY C., Gib Morgan, Minstrel of the Oil Fields
(Austin, Texas Folklore Society, 1945). 104 pp.
Morgan, an oil well driller, created and disseminated a great body of folklore
about the oil fields. The author, an English professor at the University of Texas,
ably records the minstrel's life (1842-19o9), with special emphasis on that part of
it spent in the West Texas oil fields. Half the book is devoted to the tales Morgan
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