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Business Information Centre in Imperial Oil head office building, Toronto, Ontario, 1963
Business Information Centre in Imperial Oil head office
building, Toronto, Ontario, 1963
IP-22-15-9

Imperial Oil Limited Business Information Centre Resources

 

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Table of Contents

Series 1 Announcements, appointments and retirements. -- 1983-1985, 1990-1991
Series 2 Biographical information. -- 1930s-1990s
Series 3 Clippings. -- 1881-1991
Series 4 Press releases. -- 1945-1991
Series 5 Questions and answers. -- 1980-1982
Series 6 Vertical files. -- [ca. 1880s-2001]

Inventory

Series 1 Announcements, appointment and retirements. -- 1983-1985, 1990-1991. -- 25 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of notices of employee appointments, changes in responsibilities and retirements from Imperial Oil and Esso Petroleum Canada.
IOLbic-1-Box 1 Imperial Oil. -- 1983, 1984, 1985
IOLbic-1-Box 2 Esso Petroleum Canada. -- 1990, 1991
Series 2 Biographical information. -- 1930s-1990s. -- 43. 5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of an album of information on various Imperial Oil personalities, as well as files on various employees of Imperial Oil and affiliates arranged in alphabetical order.
IOLbic-2-Box 1 Album titled Imperial Oil Personalities. -- ca. 1930s
IOLbic-2-Box 2 A – J. -- Biographical information filed alphabetically by name of employee.
IOLbic-2-Box 3 K - O. -- Biographical information filed alphabetically by name of employee.
IOLbic-2-Box 4 P – Z. -- Biographical information filed alphabetically by name of employee.
Series 3 Clippings. -- 1881-1991. -- 1.25 m of textual records. -- The series consists of scrapbook volumes and files of clippings relating to the oil industry in Canada, the United States and the world. They were compiled and maintained by employees of Imperial Oil as an information resource.
IOLbic-3-Vol.1 1881-1907. -- Oil industry
IOLbic-3-Vol.2 1919-1920. -- Oil industry
Box 2, Vol.3 1920-1921. -- Oil industry, primarily about Norman Wells
Box 3, Vol. 4 1925-1926. -- Western Canadian operations
Box 3, Vol. 5 1926-1927. -- Western Canadian operations
Box 4, Vol.6 1921-1922. -- Articles by Chester A. Bloom re oil exploration in the North
Box 4, Vol.7 1947. -- Special edition of Edmonton Bulletin, August 29, 1947
Box 4, Vol.8 1959. -- Special edition of The Derrick marking oil’s first century
Box 5, File 11917-1919. -- Oil industry
Box 5, File 21917-1919. -- Oil industry
Box 5, File 31924-1934. -- Oil industry
Box 5, File 41937. -- Oil industry
Box 5, File 51937. -- Oil industry
Box 5, File 61938-1941. -- Oil industry
Box 5, File 71946-1951. -- Oil industry
Box 6, File 81936-1939. -- British Columbia Division
Box 6, File 91940. -- British Columbia gasoline investigation
Box 6, File 101940. -- British Columbia gasoline investigation
Box 6, File 111940. -- British Columbia gasoline investigation
Box 6, File 121948. -- Gasoline prices in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia
Box 6, File 131948. -- Gasoline prices in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia
Box 6, File 141948. -- Gasoline prices in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia
Box 7. File 151948. -- Gasoline prices in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia
Box 7, File 161948. -- Gasoline prices in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia
Box 7, File 171948. -- Gasoline prices in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia
Box 7, File 181957. -- Ioco strike, British Columbia
Box 7, File 191963-1964. -- Royal Commission, British Columbia
Box 7, File 201966. -- Clippings on Royal Commission on Gasoline Price Structure, B.C.
Box 8, File 211964. -- History – Alberta oil industry
Box 8, File 221913-1914. -- History - Calgary oil boom
Box 8, File 231904-1967. -- History - Sarnia
Box 8, File 241934. -- History – United States oil industry. – The Titusville Herald
Box 8, File 251949. -- History – United States oil industry. – Drake Well scrapbook
Box 8, File 261934-1991. -- Imperial Oil history
Box 8, File 271937. -- International Petroleum Company
Box 8, File 281920-1921. -- Norman Wells
Box 8, File 291934. -- Nova Scotia gas prices
Box 8, File 301934. -- Nova Scotia gas prices
Box 9, File 311949-1950. -- Oil pipelines
Box 9, File 321949. -- Oil prices
Box 9, File 331949. -- Oil regulations
Box 9, File 341949-1950. -- Harper Prowse comments re oil industry
Box 9, File 351937. -- Refinery expansions
Box 9, File 361937. -- Royalite Oil
Box 9, File 371932-1933. -- Russian crude
Box 9, File 381932-1933. -- Russian crude
Box 9, File 391935-1936. -- Tariffs
Series 4 Press releases. -- 1945-1991. -- 1.25 m of textual records. -- The series consists of press releases issued by Imperial Oil Limited announcing major company activities and events.
Box 1 Press releases. -- 1945-1946, 1946-1949, 1950, 1951, 1952
Box 2 Press releases. -- 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Box 3 Press releases. -- 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
Box 4 Press releases. -- 1962, 1963, 1964
Box 5 Press releases. -- 1965, 1966, 1967
Box 6 Press releases. -- 1968-1969, 1970-1971, 1972
Box 7 Press releases. -- 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976
Box 8 Press releases. -- 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
Box 9 Press releases. -- 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
Box 10 Press releases. -- 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990-1991
Series 5 Questions and answers. -- 1980-1982. -- 12..5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of questions and answers on various topics and issues, to be used in the event of inquiries from the media.
Box 1 Questions and answers. -- 1980, 1981, 1982
Series 6 Vertical files. -- [ca. 1880s-2001]. -- 8 m of textual records. -- The series consists of subject files containing articles, brochures, clippings, and other sources of information relating to Imperial Oil and its affiliates, and the petroleum industry in Canada, the United States and in general.
  Advertising and marketing
Box 1a

Advertising and marketing – General
Advertising agencies (MacLaren)
Advertising agencies (Other)
Atlas Sky Merchant
Credit cards
Gasoline retailing
Hockey broadcasts
Miscellaneous

Box 1b Packaging and labeling
Tiger campaign
Trademarks and logos
Trademarks and logos (Origin of name)
  Art collection, films and motion pictures, photographs
Box 2

Art collection and exhibitions
Films and motion pictures (Catalogues, etc.)
Films and motion pictures (Production)
Photgraph collection

  Buildings
Box 3

56 Church Street
56 Church Street (Addition 1926)
111 St. Clair
111 St. Clair (Murals)
Don Mills
Other buildings

  Company history
Box 4a Articles (nd-1947)
Articles (1948-1955)
Articles (1956-1982)
Facts, firsts, significant events (General, 1949-1960s)
Facts, firsts, significant events (General, 1970s-2001)
Box 4b

Air transport

Facts, firsts, significant events (Air transport)
Facts, firsts, significant events (Departments)
London, Ontario
Petrolia, Ontario
Oil Museum/Oil Heritage District, Ontario

  Continuous improvement
Box 5 Continuous improvement – General
Continuous improvement – Esso Petroleum Canada
Continuous improvement – Esso Resources Canada
  Corporate policies
Box 6 Corporate policies – Miscellaneous
Ethics
Ethics booklets
Political contributions
  Corporate sponsorships and donations
Box 7 Corporate sponsorships and donations – General
Amateur hockey
Arts, culture, charitable organizations
Education
Plowing matches
Sports (Miscellaneous)
  Corporate structure
Box 8a Imperial Oil Limited function and role (ca. 1949)
Presidents and Chairmen of the Board
Corporate Structure (1959)
Corporate Structure (1964)
Corporate Structure (1987)
Corporate Structure (1990)
Corporate Structure (1991)
Corporate Structure (1993-1996)
Box 8b Corporate Structure - Changes (1947-1960)
Corporate Structure - Changes (1962-1977
Corporate Structure - Changes (1978-1979)
Corporate Structure - Changes (1980-1987)
Corporate Structure - Changes (1988-1994)
  Employee relations
Box 9a Employee relations (General)
Employee induction (1949)
Employee orientation (1949)
Employee orientation (1956)
Box 9b Benefits
Box 9c Coin Your Ideas Program
Collective bargaining
Employee forum program
Employment equity and demographics
First Nations
Health and safety
Box 9d Joint industrial councils (1919-1948)
Joint industrial councils (1951-1998)
Professional associations, social clubs and activities
Publications
Recruitment
Reinstatement of armed forces
Service awards
Studies and surveys
Box 9e Studies and surveys
Training (Audio-visual aids)
Training – Employee
Training – Management
Training – Supervisors
Training - Miscellaneous
Workforce re-alignment programs
  Energy resources
Box 10 Committee for an independent Canada – Clippings, 1971-1977 (Collected by Canadian Arctic Gas Study Limited)
Committee for an independent Canada – Policies, briefs, etc., 1971-1976 (Collected by Canadian Arctic Gas Study Limited)
Committee for an independent Canada – Mackenzie Valley Pipe Line package, 1973
Energy conservation
Energy crisis (1973)
Energy question
Liberal Party on energy resources
National Energy Program
New Democratic Party on energy resources
  Environment
Box 11a Environment (1953-1979)
Environment (1980-1986)
Environment (1987)
Environment (1988-1989)
Environment (1990-1995)
Box 11b Environment – Award (1993)
Northern Canada – Clippings, 1968-1976)
Northern Canada – Publications
Oil spills (Arrow)
Oil spills (Exxon Valdez)
Oil spills (Miscellaneous)
Policy statements
Pollution
  Esso Chemical Canada
Box 12 Esso Chemical Canada – General
Agricultural chemical
Artwork
Petrochemicals
Responsible care
  Esso Minerals, Esso Petroleum Canada, Esso Resources Canada
Box 13 Esso Minerals
Esso Petroleum Canad
Esso Resources Canada
  Exploration and production - Alberta and Northwest Territories
Box 14a Exploration and production – Alberta (General)
Athabasca Oil Sands
Athabasca Oil Sands (Syncrude)
Box 14b Cold Lake
Box 14c Golden Spike oil field
Judy Creek
Leduc discovery well – Anniversary celebrations and photographs (1957, 1972, 1987, 1997)
Leduc discovery well – Brochures and pamphlets
Leduc discovery well – Newspaper headlines, February 13, 1947
Leduc discovery well – Imperial Oil Limited press releases, speeches, etc.
Leduc discovery well – Personal recollections
Leduc discovery well – Published articles
Box 14d

Leduc – Miscellaneous articles
Leduc – Natural gas conservation
Leduc, Town of
Leduc-Woodbend oil field
Devon, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Norman Wells
Oil sands (General)
Quirk Creek
Redwater (Fertilizer plant)
Redwater (Oil field)
Turner Valley

  Exploration and production - Canada
Box 15a Exploration and production – Canada (General)
Arctic
Arctic (Mackenzie Delta/Beaufort Sea)
Atlantic offshore
Box 15b British Columbia (General)
Boundary Lake, British Columbia
Byron Creek Collieries, British Columbia
Eastern and Maritime provinces
Newfoundland
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewa
Exploration and production – General
  Finance
Box 16 Finance (1950s) 
Finance (1960s)
Finance (1970-1975
Finance (1976-1977)
Finance (1978)
Finance (1981-1985
Finance (1990)
Finance – Banking
  Government relations
Box 17 Executive exchange program
Free trade
Standards of measurement
Taxation (1952-1960)
Taxation (1961-1976)
Taxation – Federal budget (Matters of interest to Imperial Oil, 1966-1984)
  Information management
Box 18 Information management – General
Audio-visual resource centre report
Business Information Centre
Central Library
Computerization
Security
  Petrochemical industry
Box 19 Petrochemical industry – General
Petrochemical industry – Plastics
  Petroleum industry - Canada
Box 20a Petroleum industry – Canada (1945-1955)
Petroleum industry – Canada (1956-1958)
Petroleum industry – Canada (1961-1996)
Facts and figures about oil in Canada (1946-1959)
Box-20b Facts and figures about oil in Canada (1960-1972)
Petroleum industry – Canada (Alberta)
Facts and figures about oil in Alberta
Petroleum industry – Canada (British Columbia)
Petroleum industry – Canada (Manitoba)
Petroleum industry – Canada (Newfoundland)
Petroleum industry – Canada (Ontario)
Petroleum industry – Canada (Quebec)
Petroleum industry – Canada (Saskatchewan)
  Petroleum industry - Foreign and miscellaneous
Box 21 Petroleum industry - Iran
Petroleum industry - Russia
Petroleum industry - Conservation
Petroleum industry - Economic aspects
Petroleum industry - Equipment
Petroleum industry - Geology
Petroleum industry - Laws and regulations
Petroleum industry - Political conflicts
Petroleum industry - Storage
Petroleum industry - War effort
Petroleum industry - Well drilling
  Petroleum industry - History
Box 22a Petroleum industry – History (General)
Petroleum industry – History (Canada)
Petroleum industry – History (Alberta)
Petroleum industry – History (Ontario)
Box 22b Petroleum industry – History (United States)
Petroleum industry – History (United States centennial 1959)
  Petroleum industry - Prices, profits, supply and demand
Box 23 Petroleum industry - Prices (1912-1974)
Petroleum industry - Prices (1975)
Petroleum industry - Prices (1976-1989)
Petroleum industry - Prices (Clippings, 1965-1984)
Petroleum industry - Prices (Monopolies and restrictive trade practices)
Petroleum industry - Profits
Petroleum industry - Supply and demand (Natural gas, 1961-1989)
Petroleum industry - Supply and demand – (Oil)
  Petroleum industry - Prices, profits, supply and demand (Gasoline)
Box 24 Petroleum industry – Prices (Gasoline)
Petroleum industry – Prices (Gasoline war, British Columbia, 1940)
  Petroleum products
Box 25a

Petroleum products – General
Petroleum products - Marketing (General)
Petroleum products – Uses (General)
Asphalt
Diesel fuel
Farm products
Fuel oil (Heating oil)
Gasoline

Box 25b Gasoline (Octane rating)
Greases
Home products
Imports
Industrial fuels
Lubricating oils
Box 25c Lubricating oils (Imperial Oil)
Marine fuels
Solvents (includes naphtha)
Turbo fuels (includes jet fuel and aviation kerosene)
Waxes
Waxes (Candle-making)
  Petroleum transportation - Miscellaneous
Box 26 Petroleum transportation (General)
Aviation
Canadian North
Distribution terminals
Hazardous goods
Oil tanker ships
Rail
St. Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes
Tank trucks and wagons
Wartime
  Petroleum transportation - Pipe lines
Box 27 Pipelines – Corrosion and corrosion control
Pipelines – Miscellaneous
Interprovincial Pipe Line
Mackenzie Delta Pipeline
Norman Wells Pipeline
Portland-Montreal Pipe Line
Sarnia-Toronto Pipe Line
Trans Mountain Pipe Line
Valley Pipe Line Company
Winnipeg Pipe Line
  Public Relations
Box 28 Public relations (General)
Conferences and meetings
Employees
Exhibits and plant tours
Head office visits
Issues
Publications
  Pubilc Relations - Press tours
Box 29a Press tour, October 14-17, 1953
Press tour, May 16-19, 1954
Press tour, June 13-16, 1955
Press tour, July 19-20, 1955
Box 29b Press tour, October 1-4, 1956
Press tour, November 20-22, 1960
  Refineries - General
Box 30 Refineries – General
Refineries – Canadian
Refineries – Equipment
Refineries – Maps
Refineries – Operation and control
Refineries – Waste disposal
  Refineries - Imperial Oil Limited
Box 31a Calgary Refinery
Edmonton/Strathcona Refinery
Imperoyal Refinery (Dartmouth/Halifax)
Box 31b Ioco Refinery (Vancouver)
Montreal East Refinery
Nanticoke (formerly owned by Texaco)
Port Credit (formerly owned by Texaco)
Box 31c Regina Refinery
Sarnia Refinery
Box 31d Strathcona Refinery (Edmonton)
Winnipeg Refinery
  Research
Box 32 Research (1946-1980
Research (1982-1990)
Research – Arctic and sub-arctic
Research – Asphalt
Research – Electricity
Research – Nuclear energy
Research – Patents and inventions
Research facilities
  Service stations
Box 33a Service stations – General
Competitors
Complaints
Dealer franchises
Dealer recruitment
Dealer relations
Dealers
Box 33b Design, construction, location
Gasoline pumps
Marine
Retailing and service
Self serve
  Standard Oil / Exxon
Box 34a Accounting
Advertising and marketing (General)
Advertising and marketing (International)
Advertising and marketing (Institutional)
Box 34b Annual reports (1936-1947)
Annual reports (1948-1953)
Art collection and exhibits
Buildings
Employee relations
Box 34c History
Map
Motion pictures and films
Petroleum products
Petroleum transportation
Photograph collection
Box 34d Public relations (General)
Box 34e Public relations (Conferences)
Public relations (Corporate sponsorships and donations)
Public relations (Education)
Public relations (Issues)
Public relations (Public attitudes and opinions, 1943-1945)
Public relations (Public attitudes and opinions, 1946-1948)
Box 34f Public relations (Public attitudes and opinions, 1949)
Public relations (Public attitudes and opinions, 1950-1952)
Public relations (Public attitudes and opinions, 1952-1957)
Public relations (War)
Research
Box 34g Exxon Chemical Company
Exxon Corporation – General
Exxon Corporation – Ethics
Exxon Corporation – History
Exxon Corporation – Name and trademark
Exxon Corporation – Newsletters
  Subsidiaries, partners, affiliates, acquisitions and competitors
Box 35 Acquisitions and mergers – Miscellaneous
Atlas
Building Products of Canada
Home Oil Company Limited
International Petroleum Company
Mr. Lube
Ocelot Industries
Royalite Oil Company
Shell Oil
Texaco – Trademarks and logos
Texaco Canada – History
  Teaching aids for classrooms
Box 36a Catalogues
Portfolios of drawings by C.W. Jeffreys
Portfolio of drawings by Harold Town
Box 36b Various publications and filmstrips
Box 36c Various publications and filmstrips
  Travel and recreation
Box 37 Travel and recreation – General
Air travel
Automobiles, trucks, recreational vehicles
Boating
  Village Lake Louise
Box 38 Development plan (1971)
Background material (1972)
Government report (1974)
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