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Imperial Oil Calgary Refinery fonds


Physical Description:
232 photographs. -- 0.5 cm of textual records

The Imperial Oil Company was founded in London, Ontario in 1880 to drill for, refine and market crude oil. By 1912 an office had been established in Calgary, Alberta and in that year it carried out a study of oil seepages near the city. The first commercially significant oil field in western Canada was discovered by Imperial in 1920. In 1921 Imperial bought control of Calgary Petroleum Products which had discovered oil at Turner Valley in 1914, and reorganized it as Royalite Oil. In 1923 Imperial opened Canada's most modern refinery in Calgary. Because of the use of new techniques the refinery began a new era in refining.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of photographs of the construction and renovation of Imperial Oil refinery in Calgary (1922-1943), and of treating units at the refinery (1942-1943). Includes newsclippings of Imperial Oil activities (1922-1925), and a certificate of title for the refinery land (1925).

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Mr. B.L. Nowers, Harold Hutchinson and Mr. E.A. Crockett, 1973-1981.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Photograph inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1573, M-3042, PA-1641, NA-2849, NA-4281

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