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Wallace E. Pratt papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 870

Overview

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.

Dates

  • 1907 - 1985

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or ksrlref@ku.edu, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

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 [2], 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.

Extent

15.25 Linear Feet (22 boxes + 3 oversize boxes)

Physical Location

Contact Spencer Library Public Services (Library Annex)

Physical Location

RH MS 870

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RH MS Q222

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RH MS-P 870

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RH MS-P 870(f)

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RH MS E197

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RH MS G82

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RH MS R15

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RH MS S1

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RH MS VLT 355

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Wallace Pratt, 1971; Pratt Estate, 1982; Craig Crosswhite, 1984; Fred Dix, 1986; Rose Wolf, 2016.

Related Materials

Wallace E. and Iris C. Pratt Collection, University Archives, PP 86, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Processing Information

Previously shelved at RH MS 355; some clippings previously shelved at RH MS P504.
Title
Guide to the Wallace E. Pratt Collection
Subtitle
Wallace E. Pratt papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by aw, 2007. Finding aid encoded by aw, 2007. Finding aid revised by tmw, mwh, 2017.
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in<language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/8839590495
Preferred citation
Wallace E. Pratt Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 870, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

Contact:
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