Ralph Arnold Papers, 1912-1956

Overview of the Collection

Arnold, Ralph, 1875-1961.
Ralph Arnold Papers
1912-1956 (inclusive)
1914-1937 (bulk)
3 cubic feet (3 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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Ralph Arnold (1875-1961) began his professional career in 1903 as a field geologist for the United States Geological Survey. He was one of the department's geologists performing the early oil prospect surveys of California. By 1918 he worked as a private consultant surveying oil prospects throughout the western United States, Mexico, Canada, Africa, Alaska, Trinidad and Venezuela. Arnold made his home in California.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains correspondence, maps and reports of Ralph Arnold. Reports include petroleum prospects of various locations in the western United States and foreign countries. There are geologic survey maps, well logs and oil and gas lease contracts. Business correspondence consists of contacts Arnold kept detailing report information.

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Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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 Ralph Arnold at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Africa.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Alaska.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Canada.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Mexico.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Trinidad.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Venezuela.
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- West (U.S.)


  • Petroleum engineers.