Kessack Duke White papers, 1911-1958

Overview of the Collection

White, Kessack Duke
Kessack Duke White papers
1911-1958 (inclusive)
4.05 cubic feet (9 boxes)
Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Kessack D. White (b. 1887), a geologist, did structural mapping and petroleum exploration in Kentucky, Illinois, Venezuela, Turkey, Colombia, Mexico and Angola from 1909-1921. He worked for Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) from 1922-1949, mostly in foreign exploration in South America, Europe, and the Middle East. White was a consultant for Continental Oil Company exploration activities from 1951-1957, working chiefly in the Rocky Mountain region.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection includes field notes, maps, diaries, photographs, negatives, and correspondence all related to petroleum exploration and structural mapping activities (1911-1935, 1943-1958). White's records from 1936-1942 related to activities in Europe and the Middle East were destroyed in transit back to the United States during World War II.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Kessack Duke White at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

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Subordinate Component # 1Return to Top

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Geological mapping -- Illinois.
  • Geological mapping -- Kentucky.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Angola.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Argentina.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Bolivia.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Brazil.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Chile.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Colombia.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Colorado.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Mexico.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Montana.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Turkey.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- United States.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Utah.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Venezuela.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- West (U.S.)
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Wyoming.

Corporate Names

  • Continental Oil Company.
  • Standard Oil Company of New Jersey.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Cross sections.
  • Diaries.
  • Field notes.
  • Maps.
  • Negatives.
  • Photographs.
  • Technical reports.


  • Geologists.
  • Petroleum geologists.