Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Conselman, Frank B.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: April 12, 1982
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lake Ransom Canyon, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Richard Mason
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 30 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: In the first tape, Frank B. Conselman discusses his career as a petroleum geologist. In the second tape, Frank Conselman discusses natural energy resources and his work at International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies at Texas Tech University.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
Geological highway maps
     Phil Oteking
     Dan Foray
     Pete Renfro
Education
Positions held
     Gypsy Oil Company
     Great Lakes Carbon Co.
     Independent consultant (1947-    )
     Texas Tech
          International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land
               Studies Director
          Algeria
          Lecture circuit
     Westco Gas Company
V. C. "Bud" Perinea
     Civic activities
     Geological work
To Permian Basin area (1935)
Hobbs, New Mexico
     Rent
     Entertainment
     Roads
     Oil wasted
     Population (1935)
Hobbs, New Mexico (continued)
     Hobos
World War II
     Military service
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: World War II (continued)
     Military service
Abilene, Texas (1946)
Petroleum geology
     Surface structures
     Subsurface structures
          Dryhole test wells
     Logging
     Role of geophysicists
     Seismic studies
          Gravitometer
     Secretive attitudes
     Doodlebuggers
Current energy situation
     Alternate energy sources
          Coal nuclear power
          Solar power
Petroleum geologists
     Conflict with geophysicists
     Future roles
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Fuels
     Conversion from coal to oil (1910-1930)
     Thurber, Texas
     John L. Lewis
     Oil
          Advantages
     Coal mining
          Dangers
ICASALS
     Grover Murrah, founder
     Rivalry for funds
     Campus image
     Agricultural aspects
     Mineral aspects
     Nomadic societies
          Problems
     Operation water stretch
     West Texas
          Water shortage
          Playa lakes project
     Visiting dignitaries
Man and environment
     Theories
Irrigation
     Problems
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1910-1982
BULK DATES: 1910-1947