John H. Galey and H.T. Galey papers, 1893-1960

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Galey, John H.; Galey, H.T. (Homer Tebbetts)
Title
John H. Galey and H.T. Galey papers
Dates
1893-1960 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.62 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Collection Number
05689
Summary
Business and personal papers of John H. Galey and H.T. Galey, who developed oil fields in the United States and Venezuela.
Repository
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
82071
Telephone: 3077663756
ahcref@uwyo.edu
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

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

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John H. Galey (1840-1918) was a pioneer oil prospector of Pennsylvania, Kansas and Texas, who put anticline theory in oil to practical use for the first time. Along with his business partner James M. Guffey, John H. discovered some of the first oil gushers in history. At the height of their partnership, Guffey and Galey was the largest independent oil producer in the country. Their business later became known as Gulf Oil Corporation. John H. Galey had two sons: Harry and H.T. ("Ted"). H.T. Galey was involved in the oil industry in the United States and Venezuela.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John H. Galey and H.T. Galey collection contains business records, biographical information, correspondence, a diary (1907), magazine articles and newspaper clippings, manuscripts about the oil industry by H.T. Galey, photographs, well logs, and other miscellaneous notes and reports.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by John H. Galey and H.T. Galey at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from H.T. Galey in 1960; John H. Galey II (son of H.T. Galey) in 1973-1974; and John T. Galey in 1981.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. John H. Galey Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Biographical File
undated
1
Correspondence Transcripts
1893-1904
1
Correspondence Transcripts
1894
1
Correspondence Transcipts, with later notes
1899-1915, 1974
1
Transcripts of Legal Agreement with John H. Galey and J.M. Guffey
1907
1
Bank Account Books-Transcript
1901
1
Correspondence Transcipts
1915
1
Correspondence Transcripts
1916
1
Correspondence Transcripts
1917
1
Certificate of Stocks Transcripts
1917
1
Lease Transcipts both signed and unsigned
1917
1
Oil and Gas Contracts and Agreement Transcripts, with later notes
1918, 1973
1
Memorial Book of John H. Galey-Original and Transcripts
1921
1
Photographs: John H. Galey
1890-1914

Series II. H.T. "Ted" GaleyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Correspondence Transcripts
1915-1931
1
Correspondence Transcripts(some with unknown dates), with later notes
1916-1955, 1973
1
"Historical Outline of the Petroleum Industry in Oklahoma and Kansas" by H.T. Galey
1948
1
Correspondence Transcripts-Drilling Operations, Oil Exploration in England
1938-1959
1
Photographs: H.T. "Ted" Galey
1915-1956
1
Photographs: Galey Family, Lillian and Harry Galey
1900-1914
1
Magazine Articles by or with H.T. "Ted" Galey, with later notes
1901,1959, 1973
1
Manuscripts: Short Stories by H. T. "Ted" Galey, with later notes
1969, 1973

Series III. Miscellanous and Information Regarding Both John H. Galey and H.T. "Ted" GaleyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Well Logs
1912-1914
2
Maps: Oil Leases, with later notes
undated, 1973
2
Miscellaneous Cartoon with Notes
1945-1948
2
Newspaper Clipping Transcripts regarding both John H. Galey and H.T. "Ted" Galey
1959-1960
2
Photographs: John H. Galey Oil Wells
1880-1914
2
Photographs: "Town of Galeyville" Sign
undated
2
Photographs: Oil Fields
undated
2
Photographs: Oklahoma
1907-1929
2
Photographs: Gardner Petroleum Co. and H.T. "Ted" Galey
undated
2
Photographs: Oil Wells-"Gushers"
1901
3
Short Diary by H.T. "Ted" Galey Transcripts, with later notes
1913, 1974
3
Newspaper Clipping Transcript: "John H. Galey" by James A. Clark
January 6, 1957

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Oil well drilling
  • Oil wells
  • Petroleum -- Arizona
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Kansas
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Oklahoma
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Pennsylvania
  • Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Texas
  • Petroleum -- Venezuela
  • Petroleum -- West Virginia
  • Petroleum workers

Personal Names

  • Guffey, James M. (James McClurg), 1839-1930

Corporate Names

  • Gulf Oil Corporation

Geographical Names

  • Caracas (Venezuela)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business records
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Logs
  • Maps
  • Photographs