University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lago Colony (Aruba) Archives, 1924-2012

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lago Colony
Title: Lago Colony (Aruba) Archives
Dates: 1924-2012
Accession No.: 2006-214; 2007-121; 2007-122; 2007-168; 2007-172; 2007-230; 2007-249; 2008-054; 2008-057; 2008-288; 2009-253; 2010-074; 2010-188; 2010-332; 2011-285; 2011-373; 2012-084; 2012-114; 2012-165; 2013-004; 2013-013; 2013-014; 2013-096; 2013-097; 2013-234; 2013-251; 2014-184; 2014-185; 2015-256; 2016-015; 2016-064; 2016-208; 2016-277
Extent: 9 ft., 2.5 in.
Language: The majority of the collection is in English, but there is a minority of materials written in Dutch and Papiamento, the official languages of Aruba.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Lago Colony was a community on the eastern end of Aruba, a Dutch island located roughly 17 miles north of Venezuela, in an area now called Seroe Colorado. The colony served, for the most part, as a company town for Lago Oil & Transport Company, Ltd., which owned and operated a refinery on the island. Lago Oil was a subsidiary of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), later known as Exxon Corporation.

At its peak, Lago Colony included about 700 homes for employees and their families and included amenities familiar to other communities, such as a school, a hospital, a church, and a variety of social and recreational opportunities. Residents of the colony were mostly Americans. Other nationalities represented were Dutch, Danish, Spanish, English, Irish and Scottish.

The refinery, which began operating in 1924 as a trans-shipping facility for crude oil from Lake Maracaibo, was at one time the largest refinery complex in the world. The facility remained in operation until 1985 when Exxon moved to shut down and dismantle the refinery and Lago Colony. Parts of the facility were sold to the Aruban government and later to Coastal Petroleum. Though a much smaller operation today, Valero Energy Corporation now operates the refinery.


Lago Colony and Lago Refinery, Aruba. Retrieved from

Scope and Contents

The Lago Colony (Aruba) Collection, 1924-2012, contains 9 linear feet of material documenting both the history and operation of the Lago Oil and Transport Co. refinery and the Lago Colony on Aruba in the Netherlands Antilles. Company records include memoranda, agreements, trade union materials, financial statements, stock share ledgers, contracts, tax claims, handbooks, employee benefit plans, business correspondence and directories. Material relating to the social, educational, and recreational pursuits of colony residents and includes school annuals and literary magazines, newspapers and clippings, programs for community events and activities, photographic prints and albums, and scrapbooks. Additionally, there are personal family records of former colony residents consisting primarily of photographs and family histories. Material dating after the colony ceased relates to former residents’ work to stay connected through reunions, the Lago Colony web site and other means.

Of particular note is material related to Aruba’s history, culture and tourism and the impact of World War II on the island and the colony.

The creation and continuing growth of the archives represents the efforts and contributions of a number of former residents of the Lago Colony, including Dan Jensen, Frank Binetti, Ginger Bassett, Walter Beyer, Ray Burson, Beverly Couch, Brenda Engle, Tina Evers, Peter Henriksen, Bobby Lewis, Billy Moyer, Stan Norcom, Janet Opdyke, Robert Pearson, Robert Rynalski, Bob Schlageter, Mary Spitzer, Joyce Stewart, Charles Stuart, Homer Waits, Gerald Barnes, Russell Carrell, Jane Getty, and Tom Myers and others. Most of the records of Lago Oil and Transport Company, Ltd. were donated to the Briscoe Center by Henri Coffi, who was the last employee to leave the refinery when it was shut down.

The collection is arranged in three series: Lago Oil and Transport Company, Lago Colony Community, and Personal/Family Papers.



The papers are arranged in three series:
  • I. Lago Oil and Transport Company, Ltd., 1924-1999
  • II. Community, 1929-2012
  • III. Personal/Family Papers, 1932-2012


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Lago Oil and Transport Company.
Standard Oil Company.
Company towns -- Aruba.
Petroleum industry and trade -- Aruba.
Netherlands Antilles.

Related Material

See also ExxonMobil Historical Collection, 1790-2004.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lago Colony (Aruba) Archives, 1924-2010, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mat Darby, 2006-2011. Additions were processed by Amanda McLeod, Michael Rodney, and Amy Sherwood, 2014; Additions were processed by Shannon Costello, 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers


I. Lago Oil and Transport Company, Ltd. 1924-1999.

History of Lago Oil and Transport and Lago Company
2.207/M22 History of Operations, 1929-1985.
History of the Lago Oil and Transport Company, Ltd. Training Division, 1948.
"This is Lago" History and Guidebook (two copies), 1949.
History of Aruba, 1950.
25 Years of Refining at Lago (two copies), 1954.
Lago Highlights in 1955
Corporate History of Creole Petroleum Corporation, 1965.
Red Crown Gasoline Standard Oil employee narrative, 1975.
History of Lago's Corporate Development, 1980.
History of Lago's Corporate Development, 1980.
"The Lago Refinery" history, after 1980.
Operating Highlights, 1981.
Esso Inter-America Inc. Documents: History of Lago, Current Situation. Relationship with Venezuela, 1984.
Early Overview: 1925-1974 1984.
Description of Lago Facilities, undated.
The Early Years of Lago, undated.
Promer Anjanan di Lago, undated.
Where did the Aruban Indians come from?, undated.
Correspondence and Letters
Letter to employee with enclosed 50th anniversary of oil industry brochure and stamps, 1974/08/12.
Company letter to employees announcing termination in Aruba, 1984/10/31.
Letters to Lt. Governor Mr. P. Bislip, 1984/12/18-20.
Letter to Her Excellency Maria Loberia Peters, Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, Willemstad, Curaçao, 1984/12/19.
Translation: Lago announcement to terminate operations, 1985.
Outline for Response to Feb 18 - Letter of Mr. Monzon, Re: Expropriation of Seroe Colorado, 1991.
Letters to R. Watson, wage and salary transmittals, . 1925
Employee Benefit Information
Benefit Plans
Survivor Benefit Plan, 1950.
Vacation Savings Plan and Basic Survivor Insurance for Overseas Employees and Annuitants, 1956.
History and Development of Staff and Regular Employee Benefits Plan (Two copies), 1960 .
Lago Benefit Plans National Employees, 1977.
Survey of Benefit Plans, Programs and Practices, 1982.
Annuitant Information, 1984.
Retirement Plans
Lago Thrift Foundation, Aruba, Curaçao, Financial Report, January 1, 1939 - September 30, 1939.
Lago Thrift Foundation, Aruba, Curaçao, Financial Report, 1951.
Lago Thrift Foundation, Aruba, Curaçao, Financial Report, 1952.
2.207/M23 Lago Thrift Foundation, Annual Reports, 1953-1964.
Thrift Plan and Retirement Plan Booklet, 1956/05/01.
Administrative Manual, Lago Retirement Plan, 1958.
Lago Thrift Foundation, Annual Reports, 1976.
Termination Benefits
Esso Lago Aruba Exxon: Purpose of Group Sessions, Review of Termination Benefits, 1984-85.
Employee Termination Conditions with accompanying Coffi letter, 1985/02/27.
Environmental Reports
Crude and Crude Equivalent-Throughput, Purchases and Allowance to Lago, 1937-1983.
Water Importation Costs, Letters and Reports, 1949-1988.
Study to Determine the Feasibility of making Boca Grandi a public swimming beach, December, 1980.
Refinery Oil Loss Performance Charts, 1984.
Lago Phase II: Environmental Assessment Program Report, 1985-1986.
Lago Phase II: Environmental Assessment Program Report, Appendix A‑F, Hydrogen Recovery and Environmental Sampling, Well Logs. Prepared by EEl Engineering Enterprises, Inc., 1985-1986.
2.207/M14 Lago Phase II: Environmental Assessment Program Report, Appendix G, Hydrogen Recovery and Environmental Sampling, Well Logs. Prepared by EEl Engineering Enterprises, Inc., 1985-1986.
Marine Department Annual Reports,
Annual Report, 1953.
Annual Report, 1957.
Annual Report, 1959.
Refinery Clean-Up Documents
Caliche Pits Technical Documents Booklet, 1975-1999.
Lago Environmental Accomplishments report, 1984-1990.
Lago Aruba Refinery Environmental Cleanup Program Status, 1986.
Report on Aruban reefs and Refinery location, 1986.
Marine Biological Impact of Lago Oil and Transport Company, 1987/04/10.
Caliche Pit Information, 1987-1992.
Underground Oil Seroe Colorado, 1988.
Biomedical Sciences Air Monitoring reports, 1988, 1991/08/26.
Pitch Pile Revised Proposal, 1989.
Legal letters/documents relating to the Calichi Pits and environmental law, 1990, 1995.
San Nicholas Harbor reports, 1991/04.
Lago Cleanup Letter-Dismantlement, 1990/10/26.
Aruba vs. Lago letter to Mr. Henri Coffi regarding Caliche Pit status, 1991.
Underground Oil Assessment, 1992.
Capping of the Caliche Pits, 1995.
Lago Environmental: Summary of the Planning and Execution of Environmental Remediation Work by Lago, 1995.
Proposal for Oil Recovery Operation, undated.
Financial and Tax Records
2.207/M71 Economic Outlooks
Question and Answer about Lago Refinery Viability 1977 .
Netherlands Antilles Economic Environment Historical Perspective/Outlook 1979.
Prospectus of the Aruba Economy without Lago 1981.
Aruba Business Climate 1987-1988.
Financial Records
Statement 1944/06/30.
Statement 1944/12/31.
Financial Information and Statistics 1945-1954.
Financial and Operating Statistics 1960-1964.
Aruba Refinery Cost Review 1979-1981.
An Independent Review of the 1982 Lago Cost Basis, Purvin & Gertz, Inc. 1982/04.
Lago Loss on Refinery Shutdown 1985-1993.
Stocks Information
Ordinary and Preference Stock 1924/12-1934/06.
Ordinary Shares without Par Value 1939/12-1970/07.
"Certificates "
Share Stock Certificates and related letters, 1939/12-1970/07
Tax Information
Netherlands Antillean Ordinance on Profit Tax, 1940
Inventory of Taxes of the Colony and Facilities, 1960-1980
Taxable Income Tables, 1983.
Ground and Use Tax 1986 - Bungalows, 1986
Lago Company Property 1950.
Copies of Leases and Documents covering property and ground leases 1988.
Land owned by Lago on the island of Aruba
Lago Refinery Training Division - Vocational School circa 1949.
Vocational School Class photographs 1945-1951 .
Graduation Programs
Lago Scholarship Foundation
Lago Scholarship Foundation, Committee Meeting 1983/12/23.
Lago Scholarship Foundation, Audits 1983/01/10.
Lago Scholarship Foundation, Minutes of Meeting 1984/01/31.
Aruba Road Map, Esso Petrolera, S.A., 1963, 1976, 1991.
Port Plan and Berthing Diagram – Sint Nicolaas, February 1962.
Lago Concession Area Maps, Sewer Layout, 1969.
Refinery and Residential Area Map (2 copies), 1970.
Lago Refinery Plot Plan, 1973.
Drinking Water Lines Schematic, Lago Colony Area, 1985.
Lago Colony Water Resources Map, 1988.
Illustration of Lago leased, owned and relinquished lands, 1991/01/01.
Revised Refinery and Residential Maps (2 copies), 1978.
Flow Diagram Refinery Sewer Systems, 1974/11/01.
Survey Lago Pitch Pile Sections, 1985/-1.
Refinery and Residential Map belonging to M.B. d.d., June 7, 1990, 1970 1970, 1990/06/07.
2.207/M17 Colony map, 1954 – Stan Norcom 1959.
[3 tiffs on DVD].
Aruba Maps undated.
[2 DVDs; 53 jpgs, tiffs, bmps and pdfs].
Aruba Gold Mining Co., circa 1885.
Bungalow directory, 1958.
Department of Navy, 1956.
[2 maps].
Dutch 8-panel matrix
Esso road map, 1976.
Lago Refinery and residential area, undated.
Refinery and Colony Area, 1954, 1958.
[2 maps].
Seroe Colorado Residential, 1958.
Topographic, undated.
van Duin calendar paintings, undated.
[6 maps].
Geological map, 1960.
Lago road map, 1963, undated.
[2 maps].
Memoranda and Contracts
2.207/M24 Memorandum of Agreement for Installation of Public Address System at Lago Sport Park, 1960/03/03
Memorandum of Agreement for Erection of Foundation Ring for Tank 723, 1962
Agreement: Reopening Aruba Refinery (Lago), 1987
Agreement on Sale of Tanks, 1988
Lago Dismantlement Contract, 1989-1990
Statement by S. R. Bengston, Lago President, on the occasion of signing the final agreement with Aruba, 1992/04/10
Addendum No. 2, Dismantling Agreement and accompanying letter from Steve Bengtson, April 10, 1992
(2 copies)
Aruba Economic Memorandum, Aruba Investment Bank N.V., 1992
Dismantling of Refinery Meeting, 1994
Newspapers and Clippings
2.207/M72 Aruba Esso News
Aruba Esso News Article: The Largest Cave in the Antilles, 1955/08/27
Advertisement, The New York Times, The Netherlands Antilles, April 4, 1971/04/04
Other Dismantlement and Phase-Out Stage
2.207/M72 Lago Shutdown Plan: Staff Review, 1984/12/03
Operations-Major Events, 1985/01/19
Government Meetings, 1985
Translation: Lago announcement to terminate operations, 1985
Translation: Termination letter, 1985/01/25
Translation: response to closing, 1985/06/17
Minutes of Meetings between Aruba and ECCA - Lago, 1985/01
Chronology of Events: Negotiations Between Lago and Aruba, 1985-1986
Summaries of meetings between Lago and Aruba Government Negotiating Teams regarding topics related to closing of the refinery, 1985-1986
Seroe Colorado Community, Aruba, Phase Out Stage, 1986
Negotiations of the Settlement for closing the refinery, 1987
Negotiations with Aruba, 1989
Lago-Aruba Negotiations, 1990/03/07-08/23
November 1, 1990 Meeting with Minister H. Croes,
(2 copies)
Henri Coffi's correspondence Coffi relating to final phase-out of Lago refinery, 1992-1993
Presentations and Talks
2.207/M72 Talk given to Mssrs. Monroe, O'Loughlin and Doores, 1980/01/11
Presentation to C. C. Garvin, Coral Gables, Florida, 1980/02/11
Aruba emerges from the valley: Address by Henk Timmer to the group of Dutch newspapermen in Aruba, February 17, 1987/02/17
Invocation: Kiwanis Thanksgiving message by Henri Coffi, 1996/11/27
Press Releases
2.207/M25 For the Press: Transfer of Lago to Aruba, 1985
Press Release: Aruba Golf Club - 45 years of existence, 1986/01/03
For the Press: “Drowning,” 1986
For the Press: "Drowning", 1987
For the Press: Negotiations with Aruban government, 1987/09
Press Release: Lago Signs Dismantlement Contract, 1988/11/17
Press Release requesting the newspaper Corant print a retraction, 1989/05/31
For the Press: Lago Regrets Government’s Rejection of Its Proposal, 1990/09/27
For the Press: Theft and Damage to Reef Berths, undated
2.207/M25 Caribbean Careers, 1952
An Introduction to Lago Public Relations Department, 1957
Lago Careers in the Caribbean, 1958
Lago Oil and Transport Calendar, 1960
Lago Telephone Directory, 1965, 1984
Lago Information Handbook, 1973
Lago Facilities Capabilities, 1976
Lago: Information for Professional Graduates, 1980
Business Philosophy (Filosofia di Negoshi), 1981
Diario Article, 1990/05/31
LAGO (Overview), undated
Lago in Exxon, Lago Organization, Lago Operations, Netherlands Antilles Government, undated
Info-T.B.S. Study, Lago Facts Book, undated
Your Visit to Lago, undated
2.207/M28 Bungalow directory, 1956, 1962
2.207/M17 Telephone & Bungalow Directory, 1948
Bungalow directory, 1958
Regulations and Policies
2.207/M26 Safety and Security Regulations for Contractors, PR/IR Safety Section, 1969
Lago Fire Fighter Manual, 1975
General Conditions of Agreement, for contractors, 1976
Safety and Security Regulations for Contractors Operations Department, 1984
Esso Incident Prevention System Manual, 1996/05
Current Policies on Business Practices, undated
Royal Visits
2.207/M28 Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld’s Visit, 1950
Queen Juliana of the Netherland’s Visit, 1955
2.207/M21 Royal Visit: A pictorial review of The Netherlands reigning monarch’s visit to Aruba, N. A., October 21, 22, 23, 1950, 1950
[donated by Francis (Teet) Mingus]
Souvenir Album: A pictorial review of The Netherlands reigning monarch’s visit to Aruba, N. A., October 21, 22, 23, 1950, 1950
Trade Unions
2.207/M26 Collective Working Agreements
Collective Working Agreement between Independent Oil Workers Union of Aruba and Lago Oil and Transport Company, 1964
Collective Working Agreement between Independent Oil Workers Union of Aruba and Lago Oil and Transport Company, 1976
Collective Working Agreement between Independent Oil Workers Union of Aruba and Lago Oil and Transport Company, 1983
Collective Working Agreement between Federacion Di Trahadornan, Arubano and Esso Petrolera, S.A., 1993
Esso Agreement and Working Rules for all Non-Officer Employees of the Lake Tanker Fleet, undated
Response to 11/15/84 Union Letter, 1984
2.207/M78a Access badge, Edwin M. Harris, undated
2.207/M26 Aruba Refinery License Plate, Esso 3207, undated
2.207/M78a Silver belt buckle, 20 years of service, Lago, undated
Souvenir coin, Aruba, 1934/07


II. Community, 1924-2012

History and Aruba Information
2.207/M27 Scene of Aruba by L.R. Seekins-Scrapbook, 1938-1940
Scene of Aruba by L.R. Seekins-loose photographs, 1938-1940
Aruba Tourism Pamphlets, 1953-1964
Souvenir Aruba ‑ Copies of miscellaneous pictures: "Presented to C.B. Garber on the occasion of his retirement after 31 years of service in Aruba by Lago's Accounting Management and Administration Group," May 1961
Miami Herald"Strike in Aruba," August 31, 1951
Miami Herald"Dutch Touch in the Caribbean," October 13, 1963
Aruba Tourism, 1969-1981
Aruba Data: General, 1989
Aruba tourism publication, undated
2.207/M10 Lago Community Church
Certificates, 1950
The Church Chronicle, 1957-1973
Programs and invitations, 1948-1957
The Women’s Guild
Aruba Home Cooking, 1960-1962
Seroe Colorado Community Church
Program, 1988
2.207/M28 Church Chronicle Master Mailing List, 1971
Seroe Colorado Church Operation Agreement for One Year, 1986/06/23
Clubs and organizations
2.207/M10 American Legion Auxiliary
Cookbook, circa 1946
Passing in Review, 1954
Aruba Fraternal Association
Aruba Chronicle
2.207/M5 1994-2007
Aruba Flying Club, 1932-2002
The Aruban Art Circle, 1948-1952
Esso Club, 1948-1962, undated
Girls Scouts, 1957
Grover Whalen Committee of Aruba, 1941
Lago Community Fund
2.207/M5 Pledge card [Edgar Jackson], 1959
Lago Nurses Glee Club
2.207/M5 Aruba Health Week program
Pan Am Club
2.207/M5 Club Comment, 1931/08/13
Invitation, 1937
Menu, undated
Programs, 1930-1931
Rotary Club of Aruba, 1958
St. Christopher Club, circa 1951
Woman’s Club
2.207/M5 Tested Recipes Compiled by Home Arts Division of Woman’s Club, 1935
Events calendar, 1953-1954
Ticket, 1958
2.207/M17 Tested Recipes Compiled by Home Arts Division of Woman’s Club, 1935
2.207/M17 Bungalow directories, 1956-1964
Telephone book, 1962
Hospitals and doctors
2.207/M17 List of physicians 1947-1974, 1974
Local publications
2.207/M1 La Cruz [Catholic newspaper], 1955
The Local, 1964-1976
The News, 1989
The Pan-Aruban
2.207/M3 1929
2.207/M28 1929
2.207/M1 The Sun, 1964
2.207/M28 Aruba Chronicle newsletter, 1987/10-2012/01
Memoirs and biographies
2.207/M11 Billy Sue (Miller) Lewis undated
Aruba Day by Day [chronicle of Lago Community activities]
Aruba, December 20, 1929 to December 8, 1954: From the scrapbook of Willie M. “Bill” Miller, 1929-1954
2.207/M12 Scrapbook, 1945-1983
[includes photographs]
Charlotte Life Warden
Diary [transcript], 1947/08–1948/02
2.207/M12 William Reuben White
The Life and Times of a Wanderer, 1992
Music and theater
2.207/M12 Aruba Community Christmas Choir
Programs, 1956-1976
Aruba Waltzes [sheet music], circa 1952
The Drama Workshop, circa 1955
2.207/M2 Lago visit, 1997/06
2.207/M27 Unidentified Class Picture, circa 1960
International School of Aruba
75th Anniversary and Groundbreaking Ceremony, 2004
2.207/M2 Lago Community School
Class of 1941
The First Ten Years, 1935-44, 1991
Sixth Grade Commencement, 1948
Class of 1951, 1991
Class of 1954
Directory, undated
Fiftieth Anniversary, 2003
Class of 1957
Directory, 2007
Class of 1959
Graduation speech by Billy McNutt, 1959
Handbooks, 1948, 1958
Principal’s report, 1959
2.207/M19 Seroe Colorado School
The Phoenix annuals, 1966-1976
2.207/M27 School Performance Programs, 1950-1958, undated
Student Publications and Annuals ‘58 Herald, 1953-1954
About Us-First Grade, 1947-1948
Cavalcade, 1958
2.207/M2 Ink Spots, 1938, 1946
2.207/M27 Ink Spots, 1950-1951
2.207/M19 Pan-O-Ram annuals, 1944-1960
2.207/M17 Pan-O-Ram annuals, 1946-1961
[16 DVDs]
2.207/M2 Pan-O-Ram [school newspaper],
2.207/M27 1953/12/23, 1957/11/01, 1958/05/30
2.207/M28 Scribbles, 1949-1950
Tot Talk, 1946-1947, undated
2.207/M2 Tot Talk, 1947, undated
2.207/M28 Seroe Colorado School
Parent-Student Handbook, undated
Sports and recreation
2.207/M2 Lago Softball, 1955
Lago Sport-Park, 1941, 1956-1957
Tours, Demonstrations, Lectures, 1958
2.207/M2 Dollar Lines
Radio News, 1932
Red D Line
Passenger list [arrival in New York City], 1936/06/17
Grace Line
Advertisement, 1951
Menus, 1958
United States Navy ships
2.207/M21 U.S.S. Omaha, 1936-1937
U.S.S. Vincennes, 1940
2.207/M17 Web site [], 2005-2010
[4 DVDs]
2.207/M74a [Album containing circa 400 photos documenting Lago Colony reunions], 1970s-1980s
2.207/M9 Albums, 1930s-1980s
2.207/M16 Walter Beyer photographs, undated
[2 prints with letter]
Fay Cross Keene photographs, undated
Stephen Keibler photographs and papers 1948-1951
Springer family [Dorothy, Sandy, Janet], 1941-1945
[2 prints]
“Teet” Mingus photographs, undated
Oranjestad, Aruba, undated
Students leaving Aruba on KLM, undated
Canteen Picnic at Dos Playas, undated
Queen Juliana’s visit at the airport, 1955/10
Juniro Church, 1954
Girl Mariners, 1956
Joe Carroll photographs [with descriptions], undated
Aruba Airport, 1951
Aruba Soldier, Phillip Hiss, 1943
2.207/M14 U.S.S. Vincennes, 1940/01
2.207/M17 Photographs of the colony by Homer Waits, late 1940s
[JPGs on DVD]
Photographs of the colony by Bob Schlageter, late 1940s
[JPGs on DVD]
Miscellaneous Aruba by Stan Norcom
[139 jpgs, 12 tiffs on DVD]
Lago Oil & Transport Company, Ltd., 1930-1990
2.207/M20 Calendars, 1950-1970
2.207/M8 Correspondence, 1943-1951
Employee information
Employee and Community Interests of Lago, 1952
Employee policies, 1951
Employment Conditions [Frank R. Burson contract], 1938
History of Aruba, 1950
An Introduction to Lago, 1957
The Island of Aruba: Information of Interest to Prospective Employees & Visitors, circa 1940
Organization chart, 1959
Residential and Community Information, 1960-1963
Electronic Data Processing, 1956, 1958
Foreign Staff Elected Representatives’ Party, 1947/12/06
Hydrodesulfurization Complex, circa 1972
Lago Employee Council
Cartoons by Carl Baumann, 1955
Maps, 1948-1970
Marine Activities
Annual Report, 1958
Lago Marine Club, 1948
Marketing Department, 1952-1956
Housing & Commissary Advisory Committee, 1942
Lago Colony Advisory Committee, 1946
News clippings, 1930-1990
Notices and announcements, 1938-1964
Process Division, 1947, 1959
Programs, 1940-1941
Aruba Esso News, 1942-1983
2.207/M3 1942, 1944
2.207/M1 1946-1967
2.207/M3 1968-1983
N.W.I. News/Netherland Antilles News, 1953-1958
2.207/M6 Pioneers in Oil Cracking: Newcomen Society Address by Robert Wilson, 1946
Traffic in Aruba, circa 1946
Traffic in Aruba, circa 1946
Your Aruba Home, 1946
Your Job with Lago in Aruba, 1946
An Introduction to Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), 1947
Your Visit to Lago, circa 1949
This is Lago, 1949
Proving Ground, 1950
Can’t We Talk It Over: A Guide for Improving Supervisory Communication, 1951
Caribbean Careers, 1952
May We Quote You?, circa 1952
Guide to Safe Driving, 1953
Twenty-five Years of Refining at Lago, 1954
Lago Highlights in 1955, 1955
Aruba: brief bits on one of the blue Caribbean’s sunshine isles, 1957
Your Visit to Lago, 1959
This is Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), 1967
Lago: A Partner in Aruba’s Progress, 1968
Lago: A Partner in Progress in Aruba, 1971
Safety Division 1955, 1964
Technical Service Department 1946
Telephone directories 1948-1981
Papiamentu Course for Medical Department Employees circa 1950
The Wind-Blown Language: Papiamento 1945
2.207/M16 Refinery safety 1960-1961
A Gallery of Aruba Photographs, undated
Refinery, circa 1970
Lago promotional prints [girls on the beach], circa 1957
Esso Memphis, undated
Artifacts and memorabilia
2.207/M78a Lago anniversary medallions, 1974, 1984
2.207/M78b, M78c Two porcelain bowls commemorating the production of three billion barrels of oil at Lago Refinery], 1959
2.207/M78a Refinery badge [Walter G. Spitzer], undated
World War II, 1941-2006
2.207/M7 Articles and book excerpts, 1947-1984
Aruba Digest by Hud McGlynn, 1992
German U-Boat 156 Brought War to Aruba, February 16, 1942, 1962, 2002
News clippings and printed material, 1941-1945
U.S. Department of State records [photocopies], 1942
When Lago Was Lucky: The U-Boat Attack on Aruba by Ray Burson, 2006
2.207/M21a Ray Burson’s World War II Research
40th Bomb Group Association Memories, May 31, 1985
Untitled itinerary in Dutch, February 18, 1942
Analysis of Anti-Submarine Action by Aircraft, March 29, 1943
Untitled document about planes and submarines, undated
Report of Anti-Submarine Action by Aircraft, March 8, 1943
Telegram regarding submarine action, February 16, 1942
Tables related to Aruba production from Dan Jensen’s "History of Lago Oil & Transport," 2003
U-156 Reports – BdU, 1942
Kriegsmarine and U-boat history –
USS Chenango –
USS CORE (ACV- 13) – Nav Source Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive
VI Bomber Command in Defense –
Coast Artillery Command on Aruba and Curaçao –
The Day Hitler Lost the War –
Battle by Moonlight, SS Esso Aruba, unidentified book
Memorandum by the Secretary of State Regarding a Conversation with the Japanese Ambassador, unclear website, May 16, 1940
Van Kinsbergen History –
List of Those who Died in WWII During 1940-1945
Aruba 1940 – 1942 Timeline, 1940-1942
The Hundred Mile Limit and No Convoy, unclear website
War around the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, by Jos Rozenberg
The Caribbean in Wartime
Aruba, 1943-1991
2.207/M7 Aruba’s Ships by Bill Moyer, 1991
Aruban Annals by Chaplain William Refus Rings, 1943
News clippings, 1956, undated
Postcards, undated
Tourism, 1954-1986
2.207/M18 Aerial [eastern end of Aruba], 1990
2.207/M73c [Four large format black and white prints of Aruba], undated


III. Personal and Family papers, 1932-2012

Amman Family Papers
2.207/M4 Personal family history, 2012
Newspaper article and photograph (photocopy), 1954
Barnes Family Papers
2.207/M4 Slides, 1950s
Aruban coins, circa 1950s
Refinery Picture, 1958
Newspaper clippings, 2001, 2004
Girl Scout banner, undated
Party Invitation, undated
Lago Community Church perfect attendance pin, undated
Photographs, Refinery and Harbor, 1947-1955
Brown Family Papers
2.207/M17 Aruba home movies (24 minutes of footage including U.S. Troops on parade in 1942), 1941-1942
Burson Family
2.207/M13 Dutch Work Permit for Frank R. Burson, February 25, 1937
Letter to Frank Burson from Russell Keppel (Standard Oil Mgr), April 9, 1930
Letter from J. R. Carringer regarding Frank Burson’s employment, January 12, 1937
Certificate of good conduct to Governor of Aruba regarding Frank Burson, December 22, 1941
Letter to Ray Burson from Ray Ebbets, February 11, 2007
Postcard to Ray Burson from Matt Darley (Briscoe Center), March 2, 2009
Email to Gerard Casius from Ray Burson, January 31, 2006
Email to Ray Burson from Gerard Casius (2 emails), February 1, 2006
Email to Ray Burson from Stan, February 3, 2006
Email to Gerard Casius from Ray Burson, February 4, 2006
Email to Ray Burson from Gerard Casius, February 5, 2006
Email to Ray Burson from Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff, March 6, 2009
Email to Ray Burson from Wonker S, May 13, 2006
Family materials (photocopies)
Ink Spots, Christmas, 1946
Lago Community High School Commencement, 1954
Lago Community Church pamphlet, June 20, 1954
Washington Post, obituary for John Preston Wiley Jr., February 27, 2004
Pan-O-Ram, Lago High School, June 18, 1954
Class Day Program, undated
Aruba Esso News clipping, April 10, 1953
Aruba Esso News clipping, August 27, 1955
Aruba Post clipping, February 19, 1942
Arial view of Aruba, undated
Photo of unidentified building, undated
Photo of Lago Police truck, 1950s
Lago Softball, Compiled by Ray Burson Summer of 1955
Sport Shorts – Lago High School, May 13, 1953
Carrell Family Papers
2.207/M13 Dr. Russell Carrell’s photo album, 1932-1960
Hospital Photographs, 1950s
Dr. Carrell’s photo album and scrapbook, undated
Getty Family Papers
2.207/M13 History of Curacao Raid by Mr. E. Teagle (photocopy), 1954
Photographs, undated
Jensen Family Papers
2.207/M13 Cocktail party invitation, 1962/03/02
Aruba notepaper, "Divi-Divi" drawing by Pandellis, 1964
Family history, undated
Photographs, undated
Meyers Family Papers
2.207/M13 Hammer Testers Annual Turnaround photograph book, 1959/02
Photographs, circa 1961
O’Brien Family Papers
2.207/M13 Photographs, 1940-1960
Pearson Family Papers
2.207/M13 Aruba Esso News clippings, circa 1950s
Dutch Work Visa for Walter Gustav Spitzer, 1945/12/27
Menus, 1952, undated
Communion picture, circa 1949-50
Photographs from Aruba, circa 1950s
Unidentified man labelled “Morning Coffee”, undated
Stories written by Bob Pearson, circa 1950s
DVD of digitized materials
Rogers Family Papers
2.207/M17 Family Memories, home movies, 1936
Stewart Family Papers
2.207/M13 Student Report Cards, 1948-1950
2.207/M70b Cub Scout uniform, undated
Boy Scout uniform, undated
2.207/M16 Mary Jean Owens Thomas Papers, 1940-2004
Aruba/Papiamento History and Geology, 1951-1985, undated
Children of Lago
Early Lago, Late Lago, Miscellaneous Stories [Lago Histories and Stories], 1960, undated
Lago Community High School, 1951-1953
Lago Church Junior Service, 1950
Lago social groups events, 1953, undated
World War II Histories, 1940-2004
Publications, 1961, 1969