University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the H. David Kaplan Schlumberger Well Services Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator Kaplan, H. David, Schlumberger Well Services
Collection Title H. David Kaplan Schlumberger Well Services Collection
Dates 1970-1976
Identification 2007-021
Physical Description 0.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL:, Phone: 713-743-9750

Biographical Information:

H. David Kaplan was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 13, 1934.   In 1956, he received a B.A. in journalism from The University of Michigan. Kaplan has worked for newspapers, magazines, and corporate communications while also functioning as a patron of and volunteer to the arts throughout the United States.

Kaplan's longstanding interest in the performing/fine arts was established by his parents, and was further entrenched when he lived in New York City.  Another influence on his interest in the arts was his uncle, Al Kaplan, who performed in vaudeville throughout the world from 1920-1947.

Kaplan has provided many years of service to the arts through his involvement with the Houston Grand Opera, in his former role as Associate Publisher for Houston’s Performing Arts Magazine, and in his ongoing role as an instructor in Enjoying Opera and American Opera courses for continuing education classes in Federal Way, Washington. He has also enhanced the arts collections of several libraries, donating this collection as well as portions of the Hoblitzelle Theatre Collection to the University of Texas, Austin, and a 48-volume collection of New York City theatre playbills and programs to the University of Washington Libraries’ Special Collections. He continues his enthusiastic patronage of the arts, and routinely donates New York theater programs to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Scope and Contents

The H. David Kaplan Schlumberger Well Services Collection contains information ranging from 1970-1976. Consisting of a single box, this collection includes: employee handbooks and insurance information, awards and certificates, presentations and training materials, an assortment of publications about Schlumberger, and personal and employee correspondence. The publications have been cataloged, and can be located in the UH Library catalog by searching: Schlumberger Sonde Off, Houston Schlumberger Recorder, and Schlumberger Manager.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collection, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs.  The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form.  For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Schlumberger Well Services
Genre/Form of Material:
Publications (document genre)
Geographic Name:
Houston (Tex.) -- History

Separated Material

The publications have been cataloged, and can be located in the UH Library catalog by searching: Schlumberger Sonde Off, Houston Schlumberger Recorder, and Schlumberger Manager.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

H. David Kaplan Schlumberger Well Services Collection, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

H. David Kaplan, 2007

Detailed List of Contents

Employee Information

Box Folder
1 1 Schlumberger career information brochures
2 Schlumberger Employee Credit Union
3 Schlumberger Employment Agreement and Employee Handbook
4 Medical insurance information
5 Performance evaluation for H. David Kaplan

Correspondence 1970-1976

Box Folder
1 6 Incoming correspondence 1970-1976
7 Employee Memorandums 1970-1976

Presentations 1970-1976

Box Folder
1 8 Information Meeting "Petroleum Lifeline" December 14-18, 1970
9 Service Awards Presentation January 1971
10 Breakfast Club Presentation March 3, 1971
11 Cased Hole Services March 22-26, 1971
12 Perforating Movie June 21-25, 1971
13 Introduction of President Magne by C. A. Rosenthal and Service Award Speech January 12, 1972
14 Credit Union Annual Meeting, W.J. Gillingham Janary 19, 1972
15 Truck Movie Script for training purposes March 6-10, 1972
16 Engineer Training October 16-20, 1972
17 For Recruiters. August 1973
18 Field District November 1973
19 First Aid July 8-12, 1974
20 Information Meeting E.R.I.S.A. (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) March 1975

Awards and Certificates 1970-1976

Box Folder
1 21 IABC Award of Excellence May 3, 1971
22 IABC Award of Honorable Mention May 3, 1971
23 Houston Art Directors Club Show: Award of Excellence October 16, 1971
24 IABC Appreciation Certificate January 1971-December 1972
25 IABC Certificate of Membership 1972
26 IABC Award of Merit April 3, 1972
27 Indiana University Audio Visual Institute Certificate of Recognition October 27, 1972
28 IABC Certificate of Appreciation January 1972-December 1973
29 Program Learning Workshop Certificate of Completion March 18-23, 1973
30 IABC Certificate of Appreciation 1973-1974
31 IABC 5W's Awards Program Certificate of Recognition and Second Place Special Project June 23, 1975
32 Junior Achievement Advisor Certificate of Appreciation 1976

Miscellaneous Publications

Box Folder
1 33 Miscellaneous Publications