The Robert P. Miller Papers document the work of American geologist Robert P. Miller, who was one of the first Americans to enter Saudi Arabia to explore that nation's rich oil resources in the 1930s. As an employee of the California Arabia Standard Oil Company (CASOC), Miller took part in establishing the oil industry in Saudi Arabia from its earliest days. CASOC was the precursor of the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), which produced great amounts of oil in Saudi Arabia for decades. The Robert P. Miller Papers include correspondence to and from Miller and noted individuals, such as G.C. Gester, Lloyd N. Hamilton, Bill Lenahan, J.O. Nomland, H. St. John Philby, and R.C. Stoner. Chronological correspondence is also present, dating from 1931 to 1935. Topics of correspondence include the status of oil wells, transportation, planning, supplies, logistics, finding water, government relations, and personnel. Correspondence was sent to and from Jubail, Jeddha, Bahrain, London, San Francisco, and other locations. A fine run of more than 30 black-and-white photographs dating between 1933 and 1935 depicting life in Saudi Arabia and CASOC's activities is also preserved in this collection.
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