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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Accession Number

Description of Series

Photographs 1929-1970, undated

Memoir 2004

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

George A. McCammon Papers, 1929-1970, 2004



Creator McCammon, George A., 1905-2004
Title: George A. McCammon papers
Dates: 1929-1970, 2004
Identification: camh-arc-004081
Extent: 2 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

George A. McCammon was born August 3, 1905 in Carbondale, Illinois. For his 12th birthday, his mother gave him a Kodak camera, a gift that would inspire his lifelong hobby of photography. While still in grade school, McCammon began working for Benny Strauch, a local professional photographer. In this position, he learned many of the technical aspects of developing and printing film. In 1921, McCammon began his college career at McKendree College, and transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana two years later. He graduated in 1926 with an engineering degree. His career in the oil industry began at Lago Petroleum Corporation in Venezuela. The company was once a subsidiary of Standard Oil Company of Indiana, but was purchased by Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) during the Great Depression.

In June 1933, McCammon returned to the United States for a brief visit so he could propose to his college sweetheart Rod Gore, with whom he eventually had two children. They were married in St. Louis that month, and returned to Venezuela shortly thereafter. McCammon and his family were stationed in Lagunillas in a company oil camp. In 1934, he was transferred to the La Salina field office after being promoted to district engineer. McCammon was transferred to Maracaibo in 1940, and to Caracas in 1948 to serve as Chief Engineer, a position he retained until 1957. At all of these stations, and during his vacation travels (often to surrounding areas), McCammon maintained his photography hobby. Health problems caused by amoebic Dysentery forced McCammon to take a leave of absence. Though still plagued by health problems, he took up a post in Libya in 1958 working for Esso Standard Libya; oil was discovered there shortly after his arrival. By then, McCammon's children were at college in the United States. In 1964, McCammon retired from Exxon, after 37 years with the company. He spent his entire career working overseas.

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Scope and Contents

Photographs (1093 prints) and a family scrapbook documenting McCammon's life and work during his service to Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) and its predecessor companies (bulk 1930-1960). Photographs taken and/or accumulated mostly in Venezuela and Libya, containing images of oil sites, oil platforms, equipment, scenic areas, employee camps, and McCammon's family, friends, and local workers. His memoir contains an illustrated autobiographical account of McCammon's life, including a family tree, and detailed accounts of the McCammon's international experiences.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
McCammon, George A., 1905-2004
Subjects
Oil industries
Oil industry workers
Oil well drilling rigs

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Related Materials

ExxonMobil Historical Collection

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George A. McCammon Papers, 1929-1970, 2004, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Perritt, February 2019.

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Accession Number

2009-112

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographs 1929-1970, undated
[1093 prints]

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2.207/M60 [SRH1230004993] Libya Work 1960-1969
[105 prints]
Bow Mooring Enlargements 1960-1963
[88 prints]
Venezuelan Work I 1934-1958
[114 prints]
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2.207/M61 [SRH1230004994] Venezuelan Work II 1930-1970
[90 prints]
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2.207/M62 [SRH1230004997] Album #1 [Venezuela] 1930, 1945, undated
[349 prints]
Caisson Foundations
Derricks & Their Foundations
Flow Stations
Lake Transmission Lines
Compressor Plants
Absorption Plants
Piers
Electrical Lana Installations
Ule & Tia Juana General
Lot 66 & Machine Shop
Album #2 [Venezuela] 1929, 1936-1937, undated
[347 prints]
Pile casting Yard
Pile Driver & Mixer Barge
Dikes, Levees, & Shore Protection
Misc. Float & Land Equipment
Staff Housing
National Housing, Schobis, etc.
La Salina Yards
General Views All Fields
Miscellaneous Views
Crews
Sports
Lagunillas FIre
Infrareds of Motatan Valley

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2.207/M61 [SRH1230004994] Memoir 2004

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