Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Betty Orbeck:

Inventory of Her Papers, 1919-1985, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Orbeck, Betty
Title: Betty Orbeck Papers,
Dates: 1919-1985
Abstract: The papers of Betty Orbeck, an archivist at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum and co-founder of the Permian Historical Society.
Collection # S 773.2
Quantity: 3 boxes (3.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Betty J. Orbeck was born in Austin, Texas in 1929 and moved to Odessa in 1952 with her husband, James. She was co-founder of the Permian Historical Society in 1958 and served as its Executive Vice-president and Archivist from 1958-1961. She has also served as an archivist for the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of newspapers, periodicals, books, brochures, maps and printed materials that focus on the Permian Basin region of Texas. Prominent themes of the collection include civic activities, history, economy, and society of the region and its towns. An assortment of miscellaneous printed material is included also.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Orbeck, Betty Wingate
Orbeck, Betty Wingate--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Odessa Writers and Book Collectors (Odessa, Tex.)
Permian Historical Society
Permian Basin (Tex. and N.M.)
Odessa (Tex.)--History
Texas, West--History
Texas, West--History--Societies, etc.
History--Societies, etc.

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Jones, Joseph Lee, Collection [microfilm], 1871-1978

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Betty Orbeck Papers, 1919-1985, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 1995

Processed by

A. Ramirez, June 13, 2000

Collection Inventory


Manuscript Files

box folder
1 1 Symphony Programs, 1939-1941
2 Death of General MacArthur, Miscellaneous newspaper Articles, ca. 1964
3 Library of Congress, Miscellaneous Brochures and Publications, ca. 1970
4 "Who's Who in Uniform," 1940s
5 "True West," August, 1973
6 Associations and Organizations, Permian Basin, Miscellaneous newspaper articles and literature, 1975
7 Black Americans, Permian Basin, Odessa American, December 8, 1973
8 Chili Cook-off, clippings, 1970s
9 Climate and Weather, Permian Basin, Miscellaneous newspaper articles, ca. 1970s
10 Crane County, Texas history, 1926-1930
11 Crockett County, Texas, history, 1967-1969
12 Dawson County, Texas history, 1947-1973
13 Drill Bit, 1978, 1982
14 Soil Survey of Ector and Crane Counties, 1978
15 Eddy County, New Mexico, undated
16 Education, Colleges and Universities, Ector County, 1943-1975
17 Glasscock County, Texas, history, 1935
18 Howard County, Texas, history, 1930-1970s
19 Institute of Texas Cultures, Miscellaneous publications and newsletters, 1970s
20 Lea County, New Mexico, 1950-1960s
21 Stanton County, Texas history, 1950-1960s
22 Midland, Texas, Economic/Agricultural Reports, 1970s
23 Midland, Texas, Misc. publications I, 1960-1970s
24 Midland, Texas, Misc. publications II, 1960-1970s
25 Mitchell County, Texas, history, 1970s
box folder
2 1 Odessa, Texas, Community Development Survey, 1972
2 Odessa, Texas, Economic/Agricultural Reports, 1960-1970s
3 Odessa, Texas, Misc. publications, 1968-1985
4 Midland, Odessa, Texas, miscellaneous publications, 1970s
5 "Permian Preview," 1975, 1976
6 Permian Basin, Churches, 1966, 1969
7 "Texas Highways, "Anniversary Issue, 1967
8 "U.S. Marshals," 1969
9 Permian Basin, Water, Miscellaneous clippings, 1960s
10 West Texas, Miscellaneous economic/oil industry reports and articles, 1959-1961
11 West Texas, miscellaneous economic/oil industry reports and articles, 1974-1976
12 World War I veterans, Permian Basin, clippings, 1960s
box folder
3 1 "Ladies Home Journal," 1919
2 "Life, "Kennedy Assassination, 1967
3 "Life, "MacArthur, World War II, 1964
4 Photo, B-36 bomber, undated
5 "Life," 1964
6 "Stars and Stripes," 1943-1945
7 "Yank," 1944-1945
8 Churches, Permian Basin, 1960-1970s