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International Petroleum Exposition archive, 1923-1980

Identifier: 1982-007

Scope and Contents

Archive of annual industrial exposition based in Tulsa; includes executive correspondence, preparations materials, financial accounts, photographs, maps and artefacts.

The International Petroleum Exposition Archive is organized into eight Series: Series 1: Historical papers include the history of the IPE; a local, regional, and general history of the petroleum industry; the by-laws of the IPE. Series 2: Correspondence consisting of administrative and exhibitor related correspondence arranged alphabetically by correspondent, each of which is organized chronologically and divided into groups of "letters to" and "letters from". Series 3: Executive papers comprised of meeting minutes and related correspondence pertaining to the director and member director committees. Arranged chronologically within 2 groups: member directors and executive directors. Series 4: IPE preparations including publicity; local arrangements (contracted services, housing, etc.); social activities in conjunction with IPE; exhibitor's manuals and general information; membership and assorted clubs and organizations; Hall of Science; surveys; photographs; press cuttings. Publicity is arranged chronologically; local arrangements and social activities are arranged alphabetically by subject; Hall of Science is arranged chronologically. Photographs are organized into 4 groups: scenes from IPE; scenes from Hall of Science; group photos; miscellaneous. Series 5: IPE financial papers including audits; budgets; tax papers; lease agreements. Series 6: Miscellaneous consisting of material pertaining to conventions and expositions other than IPE; oil and gas journals; brochures. Series 7: Oversize consisting of photographs; artist's rendering of IPE exhibit area design; reproduction of a map of early oil and transportation. Series 8: Artifacts consisting of souvenir buttons and pins; ribbons; framed sample of the first manila rope used to drill oil wells near Lima, Ohio; drill core sample; commemorative sledge hammer.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1980


These materials are in English.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader. This material is housed off-site and will require advance notice of 1 business day for use.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.


24 Linear Feet (44 boxes. 5 oversize boxes.)

Physical Location

Shelved at Offsite.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

International Petroleum Exposition archive, 1923-1980
Milissa Burkart
1990 December
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
(918) 631-2496