Energy & Sustainability Research Collection


  • George Baker Mexico Energy Collection
    Industry and research records on Pemex and Mexican energy
  • Joseph S. Cullinan Papers
    Personal and business papers, 1893-1939, of the founder of Texaco
  • George Fuermann “Texas and Houston” Collection
    Collection of historical documents and professional papers from the noted Houston journalist and historian
  • Terry Tarlton Hershey Papers
    Personal papers of the noted environmentalist. Hershey was a leader in the Bayou Preservation Association, that is also part of UH Libraries Special Collections holdings
  • Houston Tomorrow Records
    Records of the regional development organization, originally called the Gulf Coast Institute
  • John Henry Kirby Papers
    Personal and business papers, 1884-1944, of the Gulf coast oil and lumber baron
  • Oral Histories – Houston History Project
    Recorded interviews including hundreds documenting oil and gas exploration and the offshore industry along the Gulf coast
  • Outdoor Nature Club Records
    Organizational records, 1923-2007, of Houston’s first environmental conservation group
  • Tenneco Energy History Records
    Historical records of the exploration, production, and pipeline company include papers of Tenneco Oil Company chairman and president Joe B. Foster
  • Fernando Zúñiga-Rivero Papers
    Professional papers of the Peruvian oil executive’s career with Petroperu, the World Bank, BPZ, and other organizations
  • Industry Journals and Newsletters
    Historical runs of journals include The Texaco Star, Oil and Gas Journal, Oil Weekly, The Humble Way, and many others
  • Texas Well Log Reports
    420,000 reports, 1917-1965, from every Texas county detailing well location, depth, casing sizes, and production
  • H. David Kaplan Schlumberger Well Services Collection
    Employment documentation, correspondence, and presentations from a company Communications Coordinator, 1970-1976
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Special Thanks to Professor Joseph A. Pratt

The support and leadership of energy industry scholar Dr. Joe Pratt, recently retired Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston, established the Energy & Sustainability collections of historical archives, books and journals in the UH Libraries. Through his teaching and visionary leadership with the UH Center for Public History’s Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative and across campus, Prof. Pratt inspired a vision for UH to host a world-leading research collection to promote instruction and scholarship centered at the University of Houston.

How You Can Help Build Energy & Sustainability Research Collections at UH

Do you have industry reports and publications, letters, meeting records, maps and drawings, family papers, photographs, datasets, or other documents related to energy, sustainability, and the environment? You can help build Energy & Sustainability collections at UH documenting the oil and gas industry, alternative energy, environmental activism, and the impact of individuals, businesses, and organizations on the economy, technology, security, politics, culture, and activism—on the personal, local, national, and global scale.


Energy is a pillar of research and instruction across disciplines at the University of Houston, and the University of Houston Libraries is building the preeminent research collection on energy, sustainability, and the environment as a foundation for that pillar. Energy industry historian and UH professor Dr. Joseph Pratt has led the way in research, teaching, and collection building with the Libraries—collections that include both historical and contemporary archives, books, and journals.


Every workday our staff of professional librarians and graduate and undergraduate student assistants work to collect, preserve, catalog, digitize, and assist campus and visiting researchers working in energy and sustainability related fields. Just two of the many scholarly and popular works created using our collections include Dr. Tyler Priest’s The Offshore Imperative: Shell Oil’s Search for Petroleum in Postwar America for which he generated and used oral history interviews in our collections; and author Bryan Burrough’s New York Times bestseller The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes, in which he acknowledged the contributions of our staff and the unique, historical archives at UH.


The University of Houston Libraries Special Collections are open to the public, and we welcome you to use the collections, tour our facilities, and contribute your ideas and materials to this important resource at the University of Houston. For more information, please email or call us at 713-743-9750.

Your support is crucial to assuring the quality and relevance of our Special Collections

Unique collections form the core of UH Libraries Special Collections, allowing us to identify and respond to the social and cultural challenges affecting our community’s quality of life through education, research, and service.

The availability of rare and unique cultural artifacts to students and the public leads to vibrant outreach programs that engage Houstonians in the collections, encourages more active faculty and graduate student research and more frequent undergraduate class visits to the collections, and furthers grants for research and study of these subjects. To have the capacity to grow and sustain such unique local resources is a priority we share with the community at large. Your support is critical to the fulfillment of these ambitious endeavors because a modern university library can thrive only with metamorphosis, and a legacy that empowers others. To learn more about making a donation in support of the UH Libraries Energy & Sustainability Special Collection, contact Diane McMaster – Director of Advancement, UH Libraries 713-743-9104, or by email at: dmcmaster@uh.edu.