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Description of Series
Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) Photography Project, 1943-1963
In 1943, Standard Oil Company (New Jersey)'s public affairs office hired Roy Stryker to manage a photography project documenting the company and the petroleum industry. The purpose of the project was to improve the company's public image by illustrating the oil industry's positive impact on employees' families, people in the nearby communities, and the United States in general. The project's photographers, many of whom worked for Stryker at the Farm Security Administration, included Esther Bubley, Jacob Lofman, John Collier, Jr., Arnold Eagle, Russell Lee, Sol Libsohn, Gordon Parks, Charles Rotkin, John Vachon, Todd Webb, Edwin and Louise Rosskam, and Harold Corsini.
The Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) Photography Project continued at a smaller scale from 1950 to the early 1960s - after Stryker left the project. Negatives for that part of the project are included in the ExxonMobil Historical Collection.
The collection consists of 95 contact books and over 1500 black and white prints of photographs taken as part of the photography project managed by Roy Stryker for Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) between 1943 and 1963. The photographs depict petroleum exploration, production, marketing, and use. Significant series depict life in United States oil towns such as Cut Bank, Montana. Also included are microfilm and microfiche of all contact books.
Each print has a unique number and is ordered sequentially within the contact books. Each contact book is identified by a number or letter ["Book 56" or "AA"] or labeled "Misc." Each of the numbered books has a "numerical list of contact," a table of contents that lists the topic, location, photographer, and range of numbers for the images. Text on the page facing each page of prints provides more specific information for each image. The majority of the contact book images are in black and white; more recent images are in color. Some of the "Misc." contact books contain copies of photographs from 1910-1919; reproductions of artwork; reproductions of publications using Stryker project images; and personnel and office scenes from Standard Oil Company (New Jersey).
Conditions Governing Use
For duplications contact Photographic Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Louisville.
Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) Photography Project, 1943-1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Shannon Costello, August 2017. It was entered into ArchivesSpace, May 2019.