Energy & Sustainability Research Collection

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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.