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Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Accession Numbers

Description of Series

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

II. Community 1924-2012

III. Personal and Family papers 1932-2012

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Lago Colony, Aruba, archives



Title: Lago Colony, Aruba, archives
Dates: 1924-2012
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03179
Extent: 14 linear feet ((36 containers))
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

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.

Sources:

Lago Colony and Lago Refinery, Aruba. Retrieved from http://www.lago-colony.com.

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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.

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Arrangement

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

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names
Lago Oil and Transport Company
Standard Oil Company
Subjects
Company towns
Petroleum industry and trade
Places
Aruba

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Related Materials

See also ExxonMobil Historical Collection, 1790-2004.

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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.

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Accession Numbers

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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

History of Lago Oil and Transport and Lago Company
box
2.207/M22 [SRH1230004782] 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
box
2.207/M23 [SRH1230004783] 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
box
2.207/M14 [SRH1230004938] 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
box
2.207/M71 [SRH1230005004] 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
Maps
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
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] 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
box
2.207/M24 [SRH1230004784] 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
box
2.207/M72 [SRH1230005005] Aruba Esso News
1946/05/24-1970/03/20
1948/10/15-1953/11/20
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
box
2.207/M72 [SRH1230005005] 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
box
2.207/M72 [SRH1230005005] 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
box
2.207/M25 [SRH1230004785] 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
Publications
box
2.207/M25 [SRH1230004785] 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
box
2.207/M28 [SRH1230004829] Bungalow directory 1956, 1962
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] Telephone & Bungalow Directory 1948
Bungalow directory 1958
Regulations and Policies
box
2.207/M26 [SRH1230004786] 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
box
2.207/M28 [SRH1230004829] Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld's Visit 1950
Queen Juliana of the Netherland's Visit 1955
box
2.207/M21 [SRH1230004832] Royal Visit: A pictorial review of The Netherlands reigning monarch's visit to Aruba, N. A. October 21, 22, 23, 1950, 1950
General
[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
box
2.207/M26 [SRH1230004786] 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
Correspondence
box
2.207/M26 [SRH1230004786] Response to 11/15/84 Union Letter 1984
Artifacts
box box
2.207/M78 [SRH1230004919] 2.207/M78S Access badge, Edwin M. Harris undated
box
2.207/M26 [SRH1230004786] Aruba Refinery License Plate, Esso 3207 undated
box box
2.207/M78 [SRH1230004919] 2.207/M78S Silver belt buckle, 20 years of service, Lago undated
2.207/M78S Souvenir coin, Aruba 1934/07

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II. Community 1924-2012

History and Aruba Information
box
2.207/M27 [SRH1230004828] 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
Churches
box
2.207/M10 [SRH1230004940] 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
box
2.207/M10 [SRH1230004940] Program 1988
box
2.207/M28 [SRH1230004829] Church Chronicle Master Mailing List 1971
Seroe Colorado Church Operation Agreement for One Year 1986/06/23
Clubs and organizations
box
2.207/M10 [SRH1230004940] American Legion Auxiliary
Cookbook circa 1946
Passing in Review 1954
Aruba Fraternal Association
Aruba Chronicle
box
2.207/M10 [SRH1230004940] 1976-1993
box
2.207/M5 [SRH1230004947] 1994-2007
Aruba Flying Club 1932-2002
General
[photocopies]
The Aruban Art Circle 1948-1952
Esso Club 1948-1962, undated
Girls Scouts 1957
Grover Whalen Committee of Aruba 1941
Lago Community Fund
box
2.207/M5 [SRH1230004947] Pledge card [Edgar Jackson] 1959
Lago Nurses Glee Club
box
2.207/M5 [SRH1230004947] Aruba Health Week program
Pan Am Club
box
2.207/M5 [SRH1230004947] 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
box
2.207/M5 [SRH1230004947] Tested Recipes Compiled by Home Arts Division of Woman's Club 1935
Events calendar 1953-1954
Ticket 1958
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] Tested Recipes Compiled by Home Arts Division of Woman's Club 1935
[DVD]
Directories
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] Bungalow directories 1956-1964
Telephone book 1962
Hospitals and doctors
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] List of physicians 1947-1974, 1974
Local publications
box
2.207/M1 [SRH1230004831] La Cruz [Catholic newspaper] 1955
The Local 1964-1976
The News 1989
The Pan-Aruban
box
2.207/M3 [SRH1230004945] 1929
1934-1962
[photocopies]
box
2.207/M28 [SRH1230004829] 1929
1948
1954-1956
1958
1963
box
2.207/M1 [SRH1230004831] The Sun 1964
box
2.207/M28 [SRH1230004829] Aruba Chronicle newsletter 1987/10-2012/01
Memoirs and biographies
box
2.207/M11 [SRH1230004941] Billy Sue (Miller) Lewis undated
Aruba Day by Day [chronicle of Lago Community activities]
1924-1954
1950-1965
Aruba, December 20, 1929 to December 8, 1954: From the scrapbook of Willie M. "Bill" Miller 1929-1954
box
2.207/M12 [SRH1230004942] Scrapbook 1945-1983
General
[includes photographs]
Charlotte Life Warden
Diary [transcript] 1947/08–1948/02
box
2.207/M12 [SRH1230004942] William Reuben White
The Life and Times of a Wanderer 1992
Music and theater
box
2.207/M12 [SRH1230004942] Aruba Community Christmas Choir
Programs 1956-1976
Aruba Waltzes [sheet music] circa 1952
The Drama Workshop circa 1955
Reunions
box
2.207/M2 [SRH1230004944] Lago visit 1997/06
Schools
box
2.207/M27 [SRH1230004828] Unidentified Class Picture circa 1960
International School of Aruba
75th Anniversary and Groundbreaking Ceremony 2004
box
2.207/M2 [SRH1230004944] 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
box
2.207/M19 [SRH1230004830] Seroe Colorado School
The Phoenix annuals 1966-1976
box
2.207/M27 [SRH1230004828] School Performance Programs 1950-1958, undated
Student Publications and Annuals '58 Herald 1953-1954
About Us-First Grade 1947-1948
Cavalcade 1958
box
2.207/M2 [SRH1230004944] Ink Spots 1938, 1946
box
2.207/M27 [SRH1230004828] Ink Spots 1950-1951
box
2.207/M19 [SRH1230004830] Pan-O-Ram annuals 1944-1960
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] Pan-O-Ram annuals 1946-1961
[16 DVDs]
box
2.207/M2 [SRH1230004944] Pan-O-Ram [school newspaper]
1942-1947
1948-1961
box
2.207/M27 [SRH1230004828] 1953/12/23, 1957/11/01, 1958/05/30
box
2.207/M28 [SRH1230004829] Scribbles 1949-1950
Tot Talk 1946-1947, undated
box
2.207/M2 [SRH1230004944] Tot Talk 1947, undated
box
2.207/M28 [SRH1230004829] Seroe Colorado School
Parent-Student Handbook undated
Sports and recreation
box
2.207/M2 [SRH1230004944] Lago Softball 1955
Lago Sport-Park 1941, 1956-1957
Tours, Demonstrations, Lectures 1958
Travel
box
2.207/M2 [SRH1230004944] 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
box
2.207/M21 [SRH1230004832] U.S.S. Omaha 1936-1937
U.S.S. Vincennes 1940
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] Web site [www.lago-colony.com] 2005-2010
[4 DVDs]
Photographs
box
2.207/M74a [SRH1230005008] [Album containing circa 400 photos documenting Lago Colony reunions] 1970s-1980s
General
[2008-054]
box
2.207/M9 [SRH1230004939] Albums 1930s-1980s
box
2.207/M16 [SRH1230004936] Walter Beyer photographs undated
[2 prints with letter]
Fay Cross Keene photographs undated
Stephen Keibler photographs and papers 1948-1951
[reproductions]
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
box
2.207/M14 [SRH1230004938] U.S.S. Vincennes 1940/01
General
009-253]
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] 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
box
2.207/M20 [SRH1230004833] Calendars 1950-1970
box
2.207/M8 [SRH1230004950] 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
Minutes
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
Publications
Aruba Esso News 1942-1983
box
2.207/M3 [SRH1230004945] 1942, 1944
box
2.207/M1 [SRH1230004831] 1946-1967
box
2.207/M3 [SRH1230004945] 1968-1983
N.W.I. News/Netherland Antilles News 1953-1958
box
2.207/M6 [SRH1230004948] 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
Training
Papiamentu Course for Medical Department Employees circa 1950
The Wind-Blown Language: Papiamento 1945
Photographs
box
2.207/M16 [SRH1230004936] 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
box box
2.207/M78 [SRH1230004919] 2.207/M78S Lago anniversary medallions 1974, 1984
2.207/M78B Two porcelain bowls commemorating the production of three billion barrels of oil at Lago Refinery] 1959
General
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2.207/M78S Refinery badge [Walter G. Spitzer] undated
World War II, 1941-2006
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2.207/M7 [SRH1230004949] 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
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2.207/M21A [SRH1230004834] 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 – Ubootwaffe.net
USS Chenango – Wikipedia.org
USS CORE (ACV- 13) – Nav Source Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive
VI Bomber Command in Defense – home.satx.rr.com
Coast Artillery Command on Aruba and Curaçao – www.lago-colony.com
The Day Hitler Lost the War – www.lago-colony.com
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 – www.netherlandsnavy.nl
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
History
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2.207/M7 [SRH1230004949] Aruba's Ships by Bill Moyer 1991
Aruban Annals by Chaplain William Refus Rings 1943
News clippings 1956, undated
Postcards undated
Tourism 1954-1986
Photographs
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2.207/M18 [SRH1230004835] Aerial [eastern end of Aruba] 1990
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2.207/M73c [SRH1230005007] [Four large format black and white prints of Aruba] undated
General
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III. Personal and Family papers 1932-2012

Amman Family Papers
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2.207/M4 [SRH1230004946] Personal family history 2012
Newspaper article and photograph (photocopy) 1954
Barnes Family Papers
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2.207/M4 [SRH1230004946] 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
Brennan Family Papers undated
box
2.207/M15 [SRH1230004937] Alexander Giles Memoirs undated
Brown Family Papers
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] Aruba home movies (24 minutes of footage including U.S. Troops on parade in 1942) 1941-1942
[DVD]
Burson Family
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2.207/M13 [SRH1230004943] Dutch Work Permit for Frank R. Burson February 25, 1937
Correspondence
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
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2.207/M13 [SRH1230004943] Dr. Russell Carrell's photo album 1932-1960
Hospital Photographs 1950s
Dr. Carrell's photo album and scrapbook undated
Getty Family Papers
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2.207/M13 [SRH1230004943] History of Curacao Raid by Mr. E. Teagle (photocopy) 1954
Photographs undated
photocopies
Jensen Family Papers
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2.207/M13 [SRH1230004943] Cocktail party invitation 1962/03/02
Aruba notepaper, "Divi-Divi" drawing by Pandellis 1964
Family history undated
Photographs undated
Meyers Family Papers
box
2.207/M13 [SRH1230004943] Hammer Testers Annual Turnaround photograph book 1959/02
Photographs circa 1961
O'Brien Family Papers
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2.207/M13 [SRH1230004943] Photographs 1940-1960
Pearson Family Papers
box
2.207/M13 [SRH1230004943] Aruba Esso News clippings circa 1950s
Dutch Work Visa for Walter Gustav Spitzer 1945/12/27
Menus 1952, undated
Photographs
Communion picture circa 1949-1950
Photographs from Aruba circa 1950-1959
Unidentified man labelled "Morning Coffee" undated
[photocopy]
Stories written by Bob Pearson circa 1950s
DVD of digitized materials
Rogers Family Papers
box
2.207/M17 [SRH1230004935] Family Memories, home movies 1936
[DVD]
Stewart Family Papers
box
2.207/M13 [SRH1230004943] Student Report Cards 1948-1950
box
2.207/M70b [SRH1230004999] Cub Scout uniform undated
Boy Scout uniform undated
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2.207/M16 [SRH1230004936] Mary Jean Owens Thomas Papers 1940-2004
Aruba/Papiamento History and Geology 1951-1985, undated
Children of Lago
Correspondence
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
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2.207/M50 [SRH1230022311] Tucker Family Papers 1920-1980
25 years of refining at Lago 1954
Aruba Esso News 1961-1973
Bungalow Directories 1959-1963
Calendars 1962-1964
The Church Chronicle Mailing List 1964
Coin-Your-Ideas Capital Award Winners 1962
"El Sol Naciente" Lodge Namelist 1920
The Pan-Aruban August 16, 1963
Passing in Review 1959
Photographs 1980, undated
Telephone Directories 1949, 1960
Supervisor's Handbook 1956

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