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Latest Oral History Project: Preserving Our Oil Sands Story

Bitumount
Bitumount oil sands processing plant, 1936
Credit: Glenbow Archives

Stories of Canadian petroleum history are in this branch of the website.

Archives Newsletters - all recent newsletters, with old ones being added infrequently

Petroleum History Bibliography

Updated September 9, 2014
(Now 776 pages)

- by Doug Cass who welcomes additions and comments
- 776 pages, 1.9 meg PDF

  • archival records
  • books
  • theses
  • articles
  • company histories
  • biographies and autobiographies
  • fiction, drama, poetry and music
  • humour
  • film, audio, video and exhibitions
  • book and film reviews
  • author index
Old Companies Research about old oil and gas companies that we have already researched in response to queries from people using our website.
Timeline – Global Petroleum Industry

By Clinton Tippett, President of the Petroleum History Society
Prepared for the June 2014 Global Petroleum Show in Calgary

Remembering a Rich History at Turner Valley

By David Finch and Clint Tippett in May 2014 AAPG Explorer

1947 Film - The Story of Oil
(about Turner Valley)
Thanks to BOEreport.com
Oil Sands 101 Lecture Notes Notes from series of 6 lectures presented by the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners and the Petroleum History Society in early 2013.
75 Years of Alberta Energy Regulation

Steward: 75 Years of Alberta Energy Regulation
by Gordon Jaremko
© 2013 by the Energy Resources Conservation Board; 179 pages;
Download the book at www.aer.ca/documents/about-us/Steward_Ebook.pdf

2008 Celebration 2008 Celebration of First Commercial Oil Well in Oil Springs ON - external site about events
Chronologies of Events Before Leduc

Thanks to Frank Dabbs for permission to reprint his chronologies of:

  • Alberta Petroleum Exploration and Discovery 1875-1947
  • Alberta Petroleum Public Policy Milestones 1670-1945
Canadian Beginnings 1846-1870 the contributions of Abraham Gesner, Charles Nelson Tripp, James Miller Williams, and Hugh Nixon Shaw to the modern petroleum era.
Alberta's First Natural Gas Discovery 1883 discovery at Langevin Siding (now Alderson) by Micky Gulless
Walking Tour - Downtown Calgary Petroleum history walking tour of downtown Calgary
- including handout from July 2007 event
Historical Posters for 2004 CSEG Convention 10 posters on a variety of topics
PHS Speakers

People who have made presentations to the Petroleum History Society with links to issue where summarized in Archives newsletters.

PHS Speeches Presentation slides, audio, or text versions of speeches and presentations made to PHS meetings on historical topics.
Stories Petroleum history stories
Oral History Projects - reports on the Oral History Projects including who was interviewed.
Petroleum History Society Awards - award winners
6 historical events 6 events in the first 100 years of Canada's petroleum industry
Petroleum Collection
at the Glenbow
An overview of some of the petroleum records housed at the Glenbow Archives and Library in Calgary
Petroleum History Books Petroleum history books
and Calgary sources
Links to related websites  

Date added Story
April 2010

Rhetoric and Reality: Albertans and Their Oil Industry Under Peter Lougheed
By Erik Lizée
Masters Thesis - University of Alberta
143-page PDF 1.7 meg

November 2009 From North to South: How Norman Wells led to Leduc
by Peter McKenzie-Brown, PHS Director
(link takes you to his blog "Language Matters")
Presented to The International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences, August 11, 2009
September 2008 Gesner and Williams: two Canadians who launched the world's petroleum industry - by Earle Gray, PHS Member
(reproduced with the author's permission) 12-page PDF, 149k
September 2005 Petroleum History Society posters for Great Explorations: Canada and Beyond, the 2004 Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists National Convention.
September 2005 Link to a 1998 issue of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists's Recorder which contained notes for an address by former PHS member Peter McKenzie-Brown, author of The Richness of Discovery: Amoco's First 50 Years in Canada (1948-1998) who helped find two rare documents of historical interest while researching the book.
May 2005 Canadian Beginnings - 1846-1870 the contributions of Abraham Gesner, Charles Nelson Tripp, James Miller Williams, and Hugh Nixon Shaw to the modern petroleum era.
December 2004 Photos from the ceremony unveiling the plaque to commemorate the oil boom town of Little Chicago/ Royalties in southern Alberta
January 2003

Stories from the 75-year history of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologist by David Finch, Historian (link no longer available)
- webcast of December 12/02 luncheon presentation to the CSPG via the CSPG website

April 2002 Alberta's First Natural Gas Discovery by Micky Gulless
October 2001 Six Historical Events in the First 100 Years of Canada's Petroleum Industry
commemorated by the PHS with a set of collector pins
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