Wallace E. Pratt papers
A native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, Wallace Pratt (1885-1981) was a University of Kansas graduate who began his career in geology with the Kansas Geological Survey. Pratt went on to become a renowned petroleum geologist. This collection of his papers includes maps, photographic materials, and papers relating to geology and the American oil industry. Represented in the collection are companies such as Exxon, Standard Oil, and Conoco.
- 1907 - 1985
- Pratt, Wallace Everette, 1885-1981 (Person)
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Biography of Wallace Pratt
Wallace E. Pratt was born March 15, 1885, in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Pratt received four degrees from the University of Kansas (1908 , 1909, 1914) and was named a distinguished Service Citizen in 1945. The Erasmus Haworth Distinguished Alumni Award was given to him in 1950.
Pratt, the first geologist ever employed by Humble Oil, was considered by many to be one of the world's foremost exploration geologists. Pratt acquired considerable land in far west Texas that he later gave to the National Park Service along with his house, which he desired to be used as a ranger station.
15.25 Linear Feet (22 boxes + 3 oversize boxes)
Language of Materials
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RH MS 870
RH MS Q222
RH MS-P 870
RH MS-P 870(f)
RH MS E197
RH MS G82
RH MS R15
RH MS S1
RH MS VLT 355
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Wallace Pratt, 1971; Pratt Estate, 1982; Craig Crosswhite, 1984; Fred Dix, 1986; Rose Wolf, 2016.
Previously shelved at RH MS 355; some clippings previously shelved at RH MS P504.
- Guide to the Wallace E. Pratt Collection
- Wallace E. Pratt papers
- Finding aid prepared by aw, 2007. Finding aid encoded by aw, 2007. Finding aid revised by tmw, mwh, 2017.
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Wallace E. Pratt Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 870, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository
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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States