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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Printed Material and Clippings

Artifacts and Memorabilia

Photographs

Film

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Merrill T. Lee Papers, 1930-1997



Title: Merrill T. Lee papers
Dates: 1930-1997
Identification: camh-arc-004064
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Language: English
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Merrill T. Lee (1901 - 1997) of Brunswick, N.Y. was a longtime employee of Mobil Oil Corporation and its predecessors. When the United States entered World War I, 16-year-old Lee was denied enlistment and instead worked as an orderly for a commanding officer. After the war, he went to work for the Standard Oil Company of New York (Socony). Aside from a two-year position as a Delaware and Hudson railroad policeman, Lee remained with the company for over forty years.

During those decades, Lee held various positions in the company. He spent 1926 building service stations in the Adirondack region before transferring to Chestertow, N.Y. After returning from Delaware and Hudson, Lee worked as a Socony plant superintendent in Green Island, N.Y. and a yard foreman at the Albany terminal facility. Lee was known as a good carpenter and was often called on for special assignments at various Socony stations across the country. On top of his reputation within the company, he was a generous man to those around him. His daughter remembered how he often stopped to help cars broken down on the side of the road, telling those he assisted, "It's just Socony friendly service." After heart problems forced him to give up heavy labor, Lee's final position with Socony Mobil was as a night fuel dispatcher. He held this position for ten years before retiring at 62.

Lee was a longtime resident of Brunswick and spent much of his life helping the city. He was a charter member of the Brunswick Fire Company and worked there for fifty years. He and his wife, Elsa, retired to Florida for twenty years. After she passed away, he returned to Brunswick to be closer to family. He took up needlepoint to ease arthritis in his hands and remained a well-respected resident for many years.

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Scope and Contents

The Merrill T. Lee papers consist of approximately 1.5 feet of binders, handbooks, artifacts, photographs, and film relating to Lee's employment with Mobil Oil Corporation and its predecessors. The printed materials include letters, Socony and Mobil safety manuals, newspaper clippings, and sales information. The artifacts consist of various Socony and Mobil accessories, glasses, and items featuring the Pegasus emblem. The film shows the demolition of a Mobil station in Green Island, where Lee worked for several years in the 1930s.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names
Mobil oil corporation
Socony Mobil oil company
Socony-Vacuum Oil Company
Subjects
Oil industries
Oil industry workers
Places
New York

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Merrill T. Lee Papers, 1930-1997, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Abbie Norris. The items contained herein were originally donated to the former Mobil Corporate Archives by Merrill Lee's daughter, Mrs. Anthony [Eleanor] Hill, of Troy, New York.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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2.207/L105 [SRH1230004889] Printed Material and Clippings
Binder [photos, letters, clippings], 1930-1997
Binder [clippings], Army Maneuvers at Plattsburg, NY, 1939-1940
Socony Information, 1924
Notebook of sales customers[?], 1930s
Mobil Safety in Terminal and Bulk Plant Operation, 1958
100 little driving blunders [pamphlet], undated
Driver's Handbook, undated
Mobil Driver's Handbook, 1958
Safety in Bulk Plant & Motor Vehicle Operations [Socony-Vacuum Eastern Marketing], 1947
Socony-Vacuum Farm Bulletin Digest, 1946

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2.207/L105 [SRH1230004889] 2.207/M79b [SRH1230004920] Artifacts and Memorabilia
Socony-Vacuum First Aid kit, undated
Mobil LCD Wallet Travelling Clock, undated
Socony 24 Miniature Birthday Candles, undated
Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc. mechanical pencil, undated
Socony Mobil Building keychain, undated
Pegasus nail clippers, undated
Pegasus pin, undated
Pegasus pendant, undated
Socony-Vacuum-Trailer fabric bag, undated
Socony name tag pin, undated
Plastic Pegasus emblem, undated
Pegasus billfold, undated
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2.207/M79b [SRH1230004920] 4 Libby glasses with Pegasus emblem, undated
Glass bottle of hand lotion with Pegasus emblem, undated

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2.207/L105 [SRH1230004889] Photographs
Misc. Mobil memorabilia [1 print], undated
Mobil tanker at Albany, New York, Hudson River terminal [2 prints, 2 negatives, 2 slides], 1997
M.T. Lee Pegasus rug [1 slide, 1 negative], undated
Photo album: Army Maneuvers at Plattsburg, NY, 1939-1940
Photo album: Troy and Albany[?] facilities, 1930s
Mobil station, probably White River Junction, Vermont [1 slide], undated

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2.207/L105 [SRH1230004889] Film
Demolition of Mobil, Green Island, NY, and home movies [8mm film], 1939

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