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University of Houston. Harrison, Henry - Harrison video, 1 of 2. August 8, 2002. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 27, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory/item/1258/show/1677.

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Title Harrison, Henry
Creator (LCNAF)
  • University of Houston
Creator (Local)
  • Houston History Project
Contributor (Local)
  • Wiltz, Steven, interviewer
  • DiTucci, David, interviewer
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, project
Date August 8, 2002
Description This is an oral history interview with Henry Harrison conducted as part of the Houston History Project. Mr. Henry Harrison was born in Arkansas in 1928. In 1936, because of the Depression, his father was forced to abandon his work on his family's plantation in favor of work in the oilfield. His father was a driller and tool pusher; the family moved around a lot while he was growing up. He graduated from a high school in Florida in 1946 and went to work as a roughneck. After a year he decided he wanted to be an engineer and enrolled at the University of Florida. Over the next 10 years he continued his study taking a four year break wherein he served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Harrison graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in engineering in 1957. He got an engineering position with the California Company in Venice and stayed there six years before taking a job as a district engineer with Signal Oil and Gas Company in Lafayette. In 1965 he became the district manager for Signal. He remained with the company when it was sold to Burma Oil and Gas (and was vice president of overseas operations for a time), but was fired in 1978 after it was sold to Aminoil. The following year he opened up a small rental tool company with his ex-boss; they sold the company in 1983 after it went bankrupt. After that he began consulting, something he continued until recently, and moved to east Texas. He describes the secrecy and competitiveness surrounding the lease bidding process and hiring employees with experience.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Energy development
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Harrison, Henry, 1936-
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
Genre (AAT)
  • interviews
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Moving Image
  • Sound
  • Text
Original Collection Oral Histories - Houston History Project
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=231
Digital Collection Oral Histories from the Houston History Project
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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File Name index.cpd
Item Description
Title Harrison video, 1 of 2
Format (IMT)
  • video/mp4
Original Item Location ID 2006-005, CD/DVD Box 3, HHA 00221
File Name hhaoh_201207_060d.mp4
Access File Run Time 00:41:13