- A.A. Durand and Son
- A.A. Durand and Son drilling records
- 1930-1980 (inclusive)19301980
- 49 linear feet, (49 boxes)
- Collection Number
- This collection houses drilling records and information for wells across the Pacific Northwest from the A.A. Durand and Son well-drilling company based in Walla Walla, Washington. The states include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Alaska, and Montana.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
A.A. Durand and Son was a well-drilling company founded by Albert Aloysius Durand in Walla Walla, Washington. Albert Durand moved from Missouri in 1897 to Walla Walla, and brought with him an early-type well drilling rig. He ran the well drilling business for decades before his retirement. His company is responsible for thousands of wells across Washington, Oregon and other western states.
The company had many clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, offering their services on both the private and corporate levels. They supplied water for agriculture, industrial plants, government projects, as well as domestic locations. Their slogan was "No well too large. No well too small."
Some of their services included the construction of oil, gas and water wells, core drilling, seismograph drilling, drainage, and sanitary facility wells and pump installation.
The company was later owned and run by his son Paul A. Durand, a Walla Walla native and graduate of Whitman College, until it was sold in 1958 after more than 50 years of operation.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection includes geological surveys, information about irrigation districts, correspondence, legal documents, and reports of Walla Walla well-drilling contractors. Other files such as blueprints, maps, newspaper clippings, water reports, video footage from drilling sites, and field notes can be found in this collection. The dates span from approximately 1930 to 1980. Many items relate to several hundred contracts in the Northwest.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives by Paul A. Durand in 1970 and 1987. The accession number is retro-0106.
In 2012 this collection was transferred to archival boxes. The original order provided by the donor was maintained, and no additional arrangement was imposed by the archvist. Materials were described on the collection-level.
In 2019, the collection was rehoused to stabalize the materials, and the inventory provided by the donor was used to create a box-level container list.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||Washington cities: Albion-Ephrata|
|2||Washington cities: Ephrata-Kennewick|
|3||Washington cities: Laurier-Moxee|
|4||Washington cities: Naches-Pullman|
|5||Washington cities: Pullman-Spokane|
|6||Washington cities: Tacoma-Walla Walla|
|7||Washington cities: Walla Walla-Waterville|
|8||Washington cities: Waterville-Yakima|
|8||Washington, private: Abbey-Burstatte|
|9||Washington, private: Campbell-Gerken|
|10||Washington, private: Gilkerson-Kilbourn|
|12||Washington, private: Neff-Stockdale|
|13||Washington, private: Stone-Zuger|
|14||Oregon, private: Anderson-Kramer|
|15||Oregon, private: Leonnig-Wright|
|16||Oregon, private: Yarington-Zerba|
|16||Oregon cities: Arlington-Mt. Vernon|
|17||Oregon cities: Nyssa-Weston|
|17||Idaho cities: Alameda-Moscow|
|18||Idaho cities: Moscow-Worley|
|19||Corporate records: Albertson's-Birds Eye Division|
|20||Corporate records: Boise Cascade Corporation-Dumas Estate|
|21||Corporate records: Earl Fruit Company-Kaiser Rolling Mill|
|22||Corporate records: Lamb-Weston Company-Northwestern Natural Gas|
|23||Corporate records: Olson Estate-Smith Canning Company|
|24||Corporate records: Spokane Brewing and Malting Company-Utah-Idaho Sugar Company|
|25||Corporate records: Utah-Idaho Sugar Company-Yakima Golding Farm|
|25-27||Union Pacific Railroad|
|28-29||City of Yakima (Washington) records|
|29||Cities of Selah and Clarkston (Washington) records|
|30-31||Cities of Imbler, Elgin, Union, La Grande, Summerville, Cove and Alicel (Oregon) records|
|31-32||Lewiston, Idaho: Well study reports and geological reports of the area|
|32-34||U.S. Army Engineers: Damsites|
|34||U.S. Army Engineers: Bombing and firing ranges|
|34-35||Umatilla Ordinance Department|
|35||U.S. Army Engineers: Radar stations|
|35||U.S. Army Engineers: CCC camps|
|35||U.S. Army Engineers: Air fields|
|35-36||U.S. Hanford Engineers: DuPont wells|
|37||U.S. Atomic Energy Commission|
|37-38||U.S. Navy wells|
|38-39||Miscellaneous U.S. agency wells|
|38||CAA airport and weather station wells|
|38||Bonneville Power Administration|
|38-39||U.S. Federal public housing|
|39||Farm Security Administration|
|39-41||Non federal public works: State-county schools and irrigation districts|
|41-45||Sorted and selected well logs|
|44-46||Selected technical wells and water|
|49||A.A. Durand and Son general well information|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Water-supply engineering
- Durand, Albert Aloysius
- Durand, Paul A.
- Walla Walla (Wash.)