Victor Oppenheim Papers, 1927-1996Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Victor Oppenheim Papers, 1927-1996Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0731
Primary Creator: Oppenheim, Victor (1906–2005)
Extent: 83.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 08/00/1996. More info below under Accruals.

Abstract

Collection of materials related to Victor Oppenheim and his activities as a geologist and explorer in South America.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence, field notes, financial documents, printed material, literary productions, scrapbooks, maps, and photographs relating to Victor Oppenheim's activities as a geologist and explorer in South America. Included is material concerning the geological exploration of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Collection Historical Note

Born in 1906 in Latvia, Victor Oppenheim spent much of his early life in China and other parts of East Asia with his father, a civil and mining engineer, and his mother. After his father’s untimely death, Victor and his mother returned to Latvia. He was educated at the University of Caen. In 1927, after graduation, Oppenheim was employed by Ludovick Barreau, an engineering and mining consultant firm in Paris. In 1929 the company sent Oppenheim to South America. During the next twenty years, he explored and geologically mapped the continent, usually as a consulting geologist for the countries he was exploring and mapping. His extensive travels through southern Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, and eastern Peru resulted in the first geological maps for each of those countries. In 1944 Victor Oppenheim completed the first geological map of an entire continent, which was published by the Pan American Institute of Mining, Engineering, and Geology in 1945. Among his other many achievements in South America were the discovery of the largest known coal reserve in the world at El Cerrejon and a large petroleum deposit at Cusiana, both in Colombia; the naming of a mountain range in eastern Ecuador, the Sierra de Cutucu; and the discovery of a hitherto unknown culture in Guarija, Colombia.

Victor Oppenheim continued his explorations and geological work after he left South America and established a consulting company in Dallas, Texas. He completed extensive field work in Latin America, Mexico, West Africa, as well as in the United States in Arkansas, Alaska, New Mexico, and Texas.

The author of over 120 scientific papers, Victor Oppenheim was honored by the Explorers Club, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, and the Dallas Geological Society. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the country of Ecuador, and has been called the "Father of Colombian Geology."

Source: University of North Texas Libraries Rare Book Room, "Victor Oppenheim", in South of the Border: An Exhibition, February 15 - June 15, 1999 (http://www.library.unt.edu/rarebooks/exhibits/southborder/oppenheim.htm), accessed October 29, 2012.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 96-008, 97-003, 1997-027, 98-003, 99-006, 99-007, 2000-013, 00-01
Acquisition Source: Oppenheim, Victor
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Victor Oppenheim Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections
Processing Information: This collection is unprocessed. Please contact the UNT Archives for more information.

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  • Series 1: Boxed RecordsAdd to your cart.

    • Box 1: BiographicalAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Notebooks, oral histories (7 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005406
    • Box 2: BiographicalAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Manuscripts (2 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005407
    • Box 3: BiographicalAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Bibliography, certificates, clippings, mineral collection, donations, collections books sold to Southern Methodist University, legal documents, letters and statements, maps, photographs (19 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005408
    • Box 4: Publications, 1932-1980sAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      General, by and about Oppenheim, various dates (3 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005409
    • Box 5: Publications, 1935-1945Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      By Victor Oppenheim (4 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005410
    • Box 6: Publications, 1946-1975Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      By Victor Oppenheim (3 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005411
    • Box 7: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Under the Southern Cross: Explorations in Brazil (6 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005412
    • Box 8: Manuscripts, 1961-1995Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Under the Southern Cross ; computer disks (6 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005413
    • Box 9: Argentina and Brazil, 1931-1935Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Field notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scientific reports and papers, maps, photographs, telegrams (13 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005414
    • Box 10: Brazil, 1935-1942Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Expedition field notes, scientific papers and reports, correspondence, letters, maps (8 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005415
    • Box 11: Venezuela and Colombia, 1937-1941Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Field notes (6 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005416
    • Box 12: Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru, 1940-1944Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Field notes and reports, personal journals (8 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005417
    • Box 13: Colombia, 1945-1949Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Field notes (5 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005418
    • Box 14: Photographs: Colombia, 1948-1949Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives, various locations (28 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005419
    • Box 15: Photographs: ColombiaAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives, various locations (22 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005420
    • Box 16: Photographs: Bolivia and PeruAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives, contact sheets, various locations (13 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005421
    • Box 17: Photographs: Colombia, 1939-1947Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives ; postcards (25 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005422
    • Box 18: Photographs: Peru, 1944Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives, postcards (21 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005423
    • Box 19: Photographs: Ecuador, 1938Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives (17 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005424
    • Box 20: Photographs: Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, U.S., Panama, West Africa, and ParaguayAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives, contact sheets, postcards (33 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005425
    • Box 21: Photographs: Uruguay, Bolivia, and Brazil, 1935-1943Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives, contact sheets, postcards (11 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005426
    • Box 22: Photographs: Ecuador, ca. 1939Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives (various locations), photo album, postcards (14 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005427
    • Box 23: Photographs: Argentina, 1930-1932Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Prints and negatives, photo album, postcards (26 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005428
    • Box 24: Photographs: Colombia, 1949Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Negative cartridges and strips
      Barcode: 5000005429
    • Box 25: Photographs: EcuadorAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Negative cartridges
      Barcode: 5000005430
    • Box 26: Photographs: Bolivia and Peru, 1942-1943Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Negative cartridges
      Barcode: 5000005431
    • Box 27: Photographs: PeruAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Negative cartridges
      Barcode: 5000005432
    • Box 28: Photographs: Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, and U.S., ca. 1947Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Negative cartridges
      Barcode: 5000005433
    • Box 29: Papers, 1927-1939Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photocopies and originals of correspondence, photographs, publications, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, reports, and travel and legal documents relating to Victor Oppenheim's geological surveys and explorations in South America (11 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005434
    • Box 30: Printed material and literary productions, 1930-1949Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Newspaper clippings (1932-1949), programs and references (1933-1946), published works (1930-1948) (18 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005435
    • Box 31: Literary productions and printed material, 1920s-1967Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Published works (1949-1967), manuscripts (1934-1936), speeches and lectures (1937-1947), bibliography ; photocopies of photographic prints of Latvia (1920s), France (1920s), and South America (1930s) ; maps and charts of geology of South America (1930s-1940s) (15 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005436
    • Box 32: Papers, 1940-1949Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photocopies and originals of correspondence, photographs, publications, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, reports, and travel and legal documents relating to Victor Oppenheim's geological surveys and explorations in South America (10 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005437
    • Box 33: Correspondence, financial and legal documents, 1932-1948Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Correspondence (1932-1949), legal documents (1935, 1947); financial documents and receipts (1935, 1943, 1948) (27 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005438
    • Box 34: Published works (not necessarily by Oppenheim), 1932-1951Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Reports and bulletins on natural history, natural resources, and geology by South American governmental departments and professional geological societies, with contributions from Victor Oppenheim; maps of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador
      Barcode: 5000005439
    • Box 35: PapersAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photocopies and originals of correspondence, photographs, publications, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, reports, and travel and legal documents relating to Victor Oppenheim's geological surveys and explorations in South America (10 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005440
    • Box 36: PapersAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photocopies and originals of correspondence, photographs, publications, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, reports, and travel and legal documents relating to Victor Oppenheim's geological surveys and explorations in South America
      Barcode: 5000005441
    • Box 37: Photographic slides: Peru and Colombia, ca. 1947-1959Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      35mm Kodachrome transparencies
      Barcode: 5000005442
    • Box 38: Photographic slides: Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Panama, Jamaica, Peru, and Brazil, ca. 1959-1960Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      35mm Kodachrome transparencies
      Barcode: 5000005443
    • Box 39: Photographic slides: California, Colorado, and New MexicoAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      35mm Kodachrome transparencies
      Barcode: 5000005444
    • Box 40: Photographic slides: New York State, Philadelphia, TexasAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      35mm Kodachrome transparencies
      Barcode: 5000005445
    • Box 41: Photographic slides: Colombia, 1949-1956Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      35mm Kodachrome transparencies
      Barcode: 5000005446
    • Box 42: Photographic slide trays: Colombia, Peru, and Chile, 1947-1959Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Micro-mount slide trays of 35mm Kodachrome transparencies
      Barcode: 5000005447
    • Box 43: Photographic slide trays: California, Texas, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, 1958-1960Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Micro-mount slide trays of 35mm Kodachrome transparencies
      Barcode: 5000005448
    • Box 44: Photographic slide trays: South America, Europe, Alaska, and Mexico, ca. 1969Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Micro-mount slide trays of 35mm Kodachrome transparencies
      Barcode: 5000005449
    • Box 45: Photographic slides and film reel: Spain, United Kingdom, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Costa Rica, 1968-1969Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      35mm Kodachrome transparencies, micro-mount photographic slide trays, and 16mm film reel
      Barcode: 5000005450
    • Box 46: Photographs: South America, Texas, and Colorado, ca. 1952-1959Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Negatives
      Barcode: 5000005451
    • Box 47: Photographic slides and film reel: South America, Texas, Colorado, and California, 1959-1962Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      16 mm film rolls and photographic slides
      Barcode: 5000005452
    • Box 48: Travel-related: South America and West Africa, 1877-1990Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Postcards from Peru (1959-1960), travel brochures and booklets for South America (1966-1967), notes on travels and working visits to South America (1959), West Africa photo album (1990), Latvian legal documents, Arqueologia del Departamento de Lima (1935), Cartilla y Catecismo de la Doctrina Cristiana en el idioma Quichua (1877)
      Barcode: 5000005453
    • Box 49: Professional activity, 1950-1991Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      References, correspondence, reviews, letters, maps, awards; sound tape reel of book review of Explorations East of the High Andes (February 1959); photographs
      Barcode: 5000005454
    • Box 50: Photographs and papers, ca. 1957-1991Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photographs, field reports, East of the Andes film project manuscripts, speech and lecture notes, clippings, correspondence
      Barcode: 5000005455
    • Box 51: Papers, 1960s-1990sAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Correspondence, clippings, awards, photocopies, manuscripts, notes, awards
      Barcode: 5000005456
    • Box 52: Photograph albums, 1975, 1986, 1989-1990Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Oppenheim personal photo albums
      Barcode: 5000005457
    • Box 53: Photograph albums, 1956-1969Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Oppenheim personal photo albums
      Barcode: 5000005458
    • Box 54: Miscellaneous photographs and papers, ca. 1986-1988Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photograph album, awards, correspondence, geological reports on Ecuador and Brazil, report on Ecuadorian gold mine
      Barcode: 5000005459
    • Box 55: Miscellaneous papersAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Miscellaneous notes, reports, clippings, correspondence, awards and achievements
      Barcode: 5000005460
    • Box 56: Miscellaneous photographs and papers, ca. 1984-1993Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photographs, Oppenheim personal photo albums, correspondence, awards
      Barcode: 5000005461
    • Box 57: Miscellaneous papers, 1951-1996Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Correspondence and financial documents regarding mineral operations and oil exploration in South America; reviews, awards, clippings, 1996 Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) convention program
      Barcode: 5000005462
    • Box 58: Photograph albums: U.S. and Mexico, 1970-1984Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photo albums of mining operations in U.S. and Mexico
      Barcode: 5000005463
    • Box 59: Photographs: U.S. and Mexico, 1967-1975Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Photographs of mining operations in U.S. and Mexico
      Barcode: 5000005464
    • Box 60: Professional activity: Costa Rica, 1968-1970Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Postcards, clippings, and photographs relating to geological explorations in Costa Rica (4 folders)
      Barcode: 5000005465
    • Box 61: Photograph albums: Alaska and West Africa, 1983-1990Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Oppenheim personal photo albums travels and mineral explorations in Alaska (1986), Liberia (1983-1986), Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, and Guinea (1986-1990)
      Barcode: 5000005466
    • Box 62: Film reels: Central and South America, 1959-1960Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Metal box of nine (9) 16mm film reels of Oppenheim's explorations in Central and South America
      Barcode: 5000005467
    • Box 63: Film reels: U.S. and Mexico, 1957-1961Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Metal box of nine (9) 16mm film reels of Oppenheim's travels and explorations in the U.S. and Mexico
      Barcode: 5000005468
    • Box 64: Photograph albums: U.S., Mexico, and Spain, 1965-1971Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Oppenheim personal photo albums of mining explorations and operations in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain
      Barcode: 5000005469
    • Box 65: BooksAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Contains the following volumes:

      Ahlfeld, Federico. 1946. Geologia de Bolivia: por F. Ahlfeld, (for the) Ministerio de Economia Nacional, Republica de Bolivia. La Plata, Argentina: Ministerio de Economia Nacional.

      Blakey, Ellen Sue. 1991. To the waters and the wild: petroleum geology 1918 to 1941. Tulsa, Okla., U.S.A.: American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

      Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Volume 30.  January-December 1946, Part 2; Volume 31, January-June, 1947.

      Hemming, John. 1978. The search for El Dorado. London: Michael Joseph.

      Steward, Julian Haynes, and Louis C. Faron. 1959. Native peoples of South America. New York: McGraw-Hill.

      Venezuela. 1937. Boletín de geología y minería: organo del Servicio Técnico de Minería y Geología. Caracas: Coop. de Artes Gráficas.

      Barcode: 5000005470
    • Box 66: BooksAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Contains the following volumes:

      Heath, Daisy. 1937. Comprehensive Index of the Publications of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1917-1936.  Tulsa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

      Heath, Daisy. 1947. Comprehensive Index of the Publications of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1917-1945. Tulsa:  American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

      Heath, Daisy and June McFarland. 1957. Comprehensive Index of the Publications of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1946-1955.  Tulsa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

      McIntyre, Loren. 1990. Exploring South America. New York, N.Y.: C.N. Potter.

      Oppenheim, Victor. 1958. Explorations - east of the high Andes, from Patagonia to the Amazon. New York: Pageant Press. Inscribed and signed by author.

      Sociedad Geológica del Perú, and V. Oppenheim. 1944. Mapa geologico generalizado de Bolivia, 1:2 000 000: In [extracted from] V. Oppenheim. Mapa geologico generalizado de Bolivia y memoria explicativa, 1944 (Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica del Peru ; Tomo XVII). Lima: Sociedad Geologica del Peru.

      Barcode: 5000005471
    • Box 67: Appointment BooksAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307320
    • Box 68: Personal and Family Papers; Clippings; PhotocopiesAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307321
    • Box 69: Personal PapersAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307322
    • Box 70: Personal Papers and ReportsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307323
    • Box 71: Personal and Family Papers; Business CorrespondenceAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307324
    • Box 72: Personal PapersAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307325
    • Box 73: Reports; Mining MaterialAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307326
    • Box 74: Reports; Mining MaterialAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307327
    • Box 75: Mining MaterialAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307328
    • Box 76Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307329
    • Box 77: Africa; Alaska; LiberiaAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307330
    • Box 78: LiberiaAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307331
    • Box 79: LiberiaAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307332
    • Box 80: Maps; Magazines; PhotocopiesAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307333
    • Box 81: Tapes and VideoAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307317
    • Box 82: Al ClementAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307318
    • Box 83: Al Clement; Oral History TapesAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 307319
    • Box 84: Photo Books, ClippingsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 706509
    • Box 85: Photo Books, CertificatesAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 706510
    • Box 86: Papers, Awards, ArtifactsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 706685
    • Box 87: Papers, Photographs, Mat ItemsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 706684
    • Box 88: Photo PrintsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Contains Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, France, Latvia and Peru. Some prints are unidentified.
      Barcode: 706686
  • Series 2: Boxed and Framed ArtifactsAdd to your cart.

  • Series 3: Exhibit MaterialsAdd to your cart.

    This series has a set of copy prints and negatives that were prepared for exhibits.

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