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M-9449-(File1-6) Norman Wells - Ted Link's records. -- 1919-1946
IM-9-(Box 1) Norman Wells - Ronald W. MacKinnon, Norman Wells Refinery. -- 1920s-1940s
M-9449-(File 14-17) Canol Project - Ted Link's records. -- 1942-1946
IM-9-(Box 2-12) Canol Project - Imperial Oil Limited records. -- 1942-1944
IM-9-(Box 12-18) Norman Wells - Post Canol Project. -- 1940s-1993
IM-9-(Box 19-22) Producing Department - Eastern Region. -- 1890s-1966
IM-9-(Box 23-48) Producing Department - Western Region. -- 1940-1985
IM-9-(Box 49-54) Producing Department - Committees. -- 1956-1959

Inventory

M-9449-(File1-6)
PD-132-(Vol.29-31)
PD-170-(Vol. 1-2)
Norman Wells - Ted Link's records. . -- 1919-1946. -- 87.5 cm of textual records and [ca. 3000] photographs. -- In July of 1919, geologist Ted Link led an expedition of nine men from Edmonton to the site of Norman Wells where they set up camp and began drilling. Link went back to Edmonton at the end of the summer, returning with a relief crew and supplies in July, 1920. On August 25, a gusher was brought in. In 1921 a small refinery was established and in 1924, a second discovery well came in. -- The records consist of Ted Link's diaries, journals, notes, reports and photographs relating to the discovery at Norman Wells.
M-9449-1 Ted Link’s diaries and journals relating to trips to Norman Wells, Northwest Territories. -- 1919-1921
M-9449-2 Geological notes made by Ted Link on Mackenzie River Basin; and drilling log for Norman Wells discovery well. -- 1919-1921
M-9449-3 Report by T.A. Link on Lower Mackenzie River Basin, Northwest Territories. -- 1919
M-9449-4a Geological report by T.A. Link on the Fort Norman Oil Field, Chapters 1-4. -- 1920
M-9449-4b Geological report by T.A. Link on the Fort Norman Oil Field, Chapter 5. -- 1920
M-9449-4c Geological report by T.A. Link on the Fort Norman Oil Field, Chapters 6-9. -- 1920
M-9449-4d Geological report by T.A. Link on the Fort Norman Area, Northwest Territories. -- 1921
M-9449-5 Articles relating to Norman Wells discovery. -- 1919-1946
M-9449-6 Correspondence relating to Norman Wells. -- 1921, 1922, 1944
PD-132-vol. 29 Album of photographs. -- 1921. -- Views of trip taken by airplane to Fort Norman area, Northwest Territories.
PD-132-vol. 30 Album of photographs. -- 1919-1920. -- Views of trips to Fort Norman area, Alberta and Northwest Territories.
PD-132-vol.31 Album of photographs. -- 1918-1920. -- Contains family photographs of Ted Link, LaPorte, Indiana (1918); Texas oil boom scenes and Cisco, Texas    (1918); Niagara Falls; Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Clearwater-Christina River, Alberta trip (1920); experiments in mountain folding; trip down to Fort Norman oil field and back (1920).
PD-170-vol. 1 Album of photographs. -- 1921. -- First trip to Fort Norman by aeroplane; on the Mackenzie River and around the Imperial Oil camps; a trip quote]tracking" up the Carcajou River.
PD-170-vol. 2 Album of photographs. -- 1920. -- Trip to Fort Norman area, Northwest Territories.
IM-9-(Box 1) Ronald W. MacKinnon, Norman Wells Refinery. -- 1920s-1940s. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- The two discovery wells at Norman Wells were abandoned in 1925; but in March 1932, Ronald W. MacKinnon, along with a driller and a steam-engineer, made the trip back again to put a small steam still back in operation to refine motor gasoline for planes and boats. This operated from 1933-1939. In 1939, the refinery was expanded and began operations in June, 1940. -- The records consist of Ronald W. MacKinnon's personal correspondence, published articles about his career, and his diaries as superintendent of the refinery at Norman Wells.
IM-9-Box 1-1 Personal correspondence, articles, clippings, greeting cards, etc. -- 1920s-1940s
IM-9-Box 1-2 Diary, Norman Wells Refinery. -- 1933-1935
IM-9-Box 1-3 Diary, Norman Wells Refinery. -- 1933-1943 (predominant 1939-1943)
M-9449-(File 14-17) Canol Project - Ted Link's records. -- 1942-1946. -- 6.5 cm of textual records. -- Ted Link was the chief geologist for Imperial Oil during the Canol Project. -- The records consist of correspondence and miscellaneous other project-related material.
M-9449-14 Correspondence while on Canol Project. -- December, 1942-August, 1947
M-9449-15 Aerial photograph of Norman Wells - Canol area. -- 1943
M-9449-16 Canol Project material. -- 1943-1944. -- Includes newspaper articles; booklets "Canol - a saga" and "Canol Pictorial"; map of Norman Wells area.
M-9449-17 Account by Ted Link of airplane trip to Camp Canol, Norman Wells. -- 1946
IM-9-(Box 2-12) Canol Project - Imperial Oil Limited records. -- 1942-1944. -- 1.4 metres of textual records. -- The records consist of project reports, administrative and accounting records, contracts with outside companies and records of movement of crude oil.
IM-9-Box 2-1 Canol Project annual report. -- June 1-December 31, 1942
IM-9-Box 2-2 Canol Project mid-season exploration progress report. -- July 15, 1943
IM-9-Box 2-3 Canol Project annual report. -- 1943
IM-9-Box 2-4 Canol Project fossil accession index. -- February, 19, 1944
IM-9-Box 2-5 Abridged well logs - Norman Wells pool. -- 1944-1945
IM-9-Box 2-6 Canol Project budgets. -- 1944, 1946
IM-9-Box 2-7 Canol Project administration. -- 1943-1944. -- Includes duties of department heads, chart of cost accounts, and office procedure and correspondence manual.
IM-9-Box 2-8 Canol Project insurance. -- March, 1943-April, 1945
IM-9-Box 2-9 Canol geological investigations in the Mackenzie River area by G.S. Hume and Ted Link. -- 1945
IM-9-Box 3-1 Canol Project Contract Number W-2385-Eng-60 - F.L. Buckley, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. -- 1942-1943
IM-9-Box 3-2 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 1 - Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company. -- 1942-1945
IM-9-Box 3-3 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 11 - Workmen's Compensation Board. -- 1942-1945
IM-9-Box 3-4 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 13 - Eastman Oil Well Survey Company. -- 1943
IM-9-Box 3-5 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 14 - Carter Oil Company. -- 1943-1944
IM-9-Box 3-6 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 15 - Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company. -- 1943-1945
IM-9-Box 3-7 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 16 - Poole Construction Company Limited. -- 1943
IM-9-Box 3-8 Crude oil delivery and stock report. -- July, 1942-May, 1945
IM-9-Box 3-9 Canol Project - Movement of crude oil to and from terminal storage. -- July-December, 1943
IM-9-Box 4-1 Canol Project - Movement of crude oil to and from terminal storage. -- January, 1944-March, 1945
IM-9-Box 4-2 Canol Project - Intra-department accounts. -- August, 1942-October, 1943
IM-9-Box 4-3 Canol Project - Intra-department accounts. -- November, 1943-July, 1944
IM-9-Box 4-4 Canol Project - Intra-department accounts. -- August, 1944-December, 1944
IM-9-Box 5-1 Canol Project - Intra-department accounts. -- January-April, 1945
IM-9-Box 5-2 Canol Project - Cost account trial balance statements. -- January 31, 1944-December 31, 1944
IM-9-Box 5-3 Canol Project - Cost account trial balance statements. -- January 31-April 30, 1945
IM-9-Box 5-4 Canol Project - Cash reconciliations with finance office. -- May, 1942-June 30, 1945
IM-9-Box 6-1 Canol Project - Subsidiary ledger. -- 1942-1945
IM-9-Box 6-2 Canol Project - Transfer binder for subsidiary ledger. -- 1942-1945
IM-9-Box 7-1 Canol Project - General ledger. -- 1942-1945
IM-9-Box 7-2 Canol Project - Cost ledger. -- Effective October 31, 1944
IM-9-Box 8 Refinery statements - Canol Project - March, 1943 - February, 1944
IM-9-Box 9 Refinery statements - Canol Project - March, 1944 - January, 1945
IM-9-Box 10 Refinery statements - Canol Project - February, 1945 - April, 1945
IM-9-Box 11 Canol Project report. -- 1942-1945. -- 2 copies.
IM-9-Box 12-1 Miscellaneous correspondence, humorous poems and drawings from Jack Campbell. -- 1944
Im-9-Box 12-2 Canol Project published articles. -- 1943-1982
IM-9-(Box 12-18) Norman Wells - Post Canol Project. -- 1940s-1993. -- 1 m of textual records. Norman Exploration continued postwar drilling in the Northwest Territories after the end of the Canol Project. In later years, a modernization project for the Norman Wells refinery was completed in 1970; an oilfield expansion project was undertaken from 1980-1985; and in 1993, the refinery was rebuilt after being damaged by fire in 1992. -- The records consist of refinery statements, Norman Exploration financial records and reports, agreement with federal government, other reports and correspondence relating to operations at Norman Wells.
IM-9-Box 12-3 Historical information and published articles on Norman Wells. -- 1940s-1993
IM-9-Box 13 Refinery statements - Producing Department - May, 1945 - September, 1945
IM-9-Box 14-1 Norman Exploration financial statements. -- 1944-1945. -- Includes expenditures for the period April 1944-December 1945 and payroll and personnel statistics for 1944-1945.
IM-9-Box 14-2 Norman Exploration accounting manual. -- December 14, 1945
IM-9-Box 14-3 Norman Exploration reports. -- 1945-1948. -- Includes profit and loss statement, equipment, materials and supplies acquired from the government of the United States of America; general survey Norman Wells Refinery; and royalty calculations on Norman Wells production.
IM-9-Box 14-4 Agreement. -- July 21, 1944. -- Agreement between His Majesty the King (represented by the Minister of Mines and Resources) and Imperial Oil Limited. Includes brief of the agreement and accounting manual.
IM-9-Box 14-5 Report, Permafrost at Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, by R.A. Hemstock. -- February, 1949
IM-9-Box 14-6 Draft of proposed manual for Norman Wells accounting procedures. -- 1965
IM-9-Box 15 Audit of Norman Wells operations. -- 1953-1954
Long-term notes, accounts and other receivables - carried interest, Norman Wells policy (Parts 1-3). -- 1951-1959
IM-9-Box 16 Long-term notes, accounts and other receivables - carried interest, Norman Wells policy (Parts 4-6). -- 1960-1968
Reports on Norman Wells crude oil value. -- [ca. 1962]
IM-9-Box 17-1 Norman Wells correspondence. -- 1968-1970
IM-9-Box 17-2 Norman Wells correspondence. -- 1970-1972
IM-9-Box 17-3 Norman Wells 1969 Modernization Project. -- 1969. -- Status reports 1-6.
IM-9-Box 17-4 Norman Wells 1970 Modernization Project. -- 1970. -- Status reports.
IM-9-Box 17-5 Norman Wells proposed oilfield expansion and historical centre opening. -- [ca. 1979], 1989
IM-9-Box 18 Norman Wells and Canol Project - Site Plans. -- [ca. 1935-1975]
Norman Wells Expansion Project - Plans. -- 1984
IM-9-(Box 19-22) Producing Department - Eastern Region. -- 1890s-1966. -- 44 cm of textual records. -- The records include well locations, field notebooks and reports regarding exploration and production in Eastern Canada.
IM-9-Box 19 Exploration - Eastern Canada. -- [ca. 1890s-1959]. -- Includes old well locations.
IM-9-Box 20 Exploration - Cape Breton Island. -- 1957-1959. -- Field notebooks.
IM-9-Box 21 Exploration - Eastern Canada. -- 1959-1963. -- Reports and studies.
IM-9-Box 22 Exploration - Eastern Canada. -- 1964-1966. -- Reports and studies.
IM-9-(Box 23-48) Producing Department - Western Region. -- 1940-1985. -- 3.25 metres of textual records. -- The records include information on drilling operations; department accounts, organization and planning; Leduc oil field discovery; miscellaneous reports; and Research Digest publications.
IM-9-Box 23 Drilling operations. -- 1940-1984. -- Includes record of company rigs; drilling histories; designated geographical areas; discoveries of crude oil and natural gas; and drilling handbook for arctic operations.
IM-9-Box 24 Accounting manual. -- 1963
Organization and functions. -- 1978, 1979
IM-9-Box 25 Planning. -- 1960-1966
IM-9-Box 26 Planning. -- 1971-1977
IM-9-Box 27 Leduc oil field discovery documentation - minutes. -- 1945-1947
Summary of documentation - Volumes 1 and 2.
IM-9-Box 28 Summary of documentation - Volume 3.
IM-9-Box 29 Reports, etc. -- 1948-1958
IM-9-Box 30 Reports, etc. -- 1959
IM-9-Box 31 Reports, etc. -- 1960-1965
IM-9-Box 32 Reports, etc. -- 1965-1968
IM-9-Box 33 Reports, etc. -- 1969-1971
IM-9-Box 34 Reports, etc. -- 1972
IM-9-Box 35 Reports, etc. -- 1973-1974
IM-9-Box 36 Reports, etc. -- 1975-1978
IM-9-Box 37 Reports, etc. -- 1979
IM-9-Box 38 Reports, etc. - Beaufort Sea/Mackenzie Delta. -- 1975-1977, 1983-1985
IM-9-Box 39 Reports, etc. - Davis Strait. -- 1978
IM-9-Box 41-45 Research Digest (Geology) - Volumes 1-14. -- 1958-1971
IM-9-Box 46-47 Research Digest (Geophysical) - Volumes 1-9. -- 1961-1970. -- Some volumes and issues are mssing.
IM-9-Box 48 Research Digest (Production) - Volumes 1-5. -- 1967-1971
IM-9-(Box 49-54) Producing Department - Committees. -- 1956-1969. -- 75 cm of textual records. -- The records consist of minutes of various Producing Department committees.
IM-9-Box 49 Advisory Committee minutes. -- 1956-1957
IM-9-Box 50 Technical Advisory Committee minutes. -- 1956-1957
Technical Planning Committee minutes. -- 1956-1957
IM-9-Box 51 Technical Development Committee minutes. -- 1958-1962
IM-9-Box 52 Technical Development Committee minutes. -- 1963-1969
IM-9-Box 53 Technical Development Committee - General Operations Council minutes. -- 1958-1959
IM-9-Box 54 Technical Development Committee - General Operations Council minutes. -- 1960
Product Quality Committee minutes. -- 1969
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