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Energy & Natural Resources

The American Energy History Collections consists of corporate archives, organizational records, personal papers and oral histories that provide a comprehensive view of the energy industry and its influence on Texas, the nation and the world. From the early days of the oil industry in the 1850s to the 1901 discovery of oil at Spindletop through the emergence of the global energy economy, these collections document how the industry has impacted business, society, politics and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Water Conservation, King Ranch Gas
Source:ExxonMobil Historical Collection
Scenes of cattle, wildlife, and bodies of water along the gas plant at King Ranch. Table of Contents taken from shot list inside film canister. Color picture, no sound. Has synchronization punch hole. Labels on film canister read, "Orig, 16mm color, Effluent from King Ranch, Gas Pit, Lab control (sampling), Cattle & wildlife; from Mel [Costin? illegible]; WH/7U6, F07213." Writing on leader reads, "Water Conservation, King Ranch Gas PH. for TV clip ORIGINAL Humble # 3-2250 8-20-68; Humble 'Water Conservation' King Ranch Gas Plant #3-2250 8-19-68." Writing on tail: "Tail Humble Orig Eco #3-2250." Film reel was too tight for film and canister, so film was swapped to a core.
What's All This About a Tiger
Source:ExxonMobil Historical Collection
[The Age of Abundance] (mistitled as Nationalism and Sectionalism)
Source:KLRU-TEMP Video Collection
Professor Potter's subject is the effect of economic abundance on the American people and their ideals. Sketching the process by which America developed from an economy of scarcity to one of abundance, Professor Potter notes that this was achieved through a combination of natural resources and technological advancement. The result has been that we have become a "People of Plenty," the title of Professor Potter's widely read and influential book, and this fact not only has wrought great changes in our way of life but has greatly influenced our system of values. By way of illustration, Professor Potter discusses at some length the American attachment to the ideals of equality and democracy. America has been able to indulge itself in these values, he suggests, because our economy has been capable of providing the conditions necessary for their sustenance. In contrast, an economy of scarcity not only cannot be expected to embrace such lofty and costly ideals but rather can only be expected to reject them. Professor Potter emphasizes that American economic abundance does not account for our attachment to democracy, but only has made it possible for us to support democracy. His lecture provides striking insights into American history and culture and into the problems of scarcity and abundance everywhere.  [Synopsis from "The History of American Civilization By Its Interpreters; A Student Guide to the Television Series" by James A. Bonar, Roger E. Willson, and The University of the State of New York] Though the title cards read "Nationalism and Sectionalism," the lecture is "The Age of Abundance." Black and white picture with sound.