Special Collections on the second floor of SLC, has some interesting primary source material related to the Texas oil industry. One example is The Texaco Star, a general interest magazine published by Texaco, Inc. Special Collections has Volumes 1-5 (1913-1917) and Volumes 7-14 (1929-1927). Other primary source possibilities include first hand accounts of the discovery of oil in Texas, and the papers of Texas Senator John Tower.
More ideas for finding primary sources at SLC:
The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.
DPLA Digital Public Library of America provides access to more than 15,000,000 items from libraries, archives, and museums across the country.
Chronicling America from the Library of Congress allows you to search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924.
Prelinger Archives contains approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films.
HathiTrust Digital Library offers a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
National Petroleum Council website provides reports going back to 1946 relating to oil and natural gas or to the oil and gas industries.
Primary sources are generally created by a participant in, or direct observer of, an event. They are usually first-person sources, and they reflect the observer’s or participant’s point of view. Examples are photographs, books or articles published during a time under study, recorded or transcribed interviews, government documents, films, letters, diaries, works of art, and published reports of experiments conducted by scientists or social scientists. Primary sources do not have to be used in their original form, however. They may be reproduced electronically, printed or published later and still be considered primary sources.
In different fields, typical examples of primary and secondary sources can vary, but in history a primary source might be a handwritten letter held by a library’s special collections department or the text of the same letter printed in its entirety in a published book. Or it could be a contemporary newspaper article reporting on an event. A secondary source could be an article or book that uses that letter or newspaper article as a source through which something about the life of a person or an event can be interpreted or drawn.
Both primary and secondary sources are important, and either or both types may be appropriate for historical research.