Title: Hess Corporation Newspaper Clipping Collection
Collection Number: MSS 11049
Quantity: 15 feet
Abstract: Consists of 80 volumes and two folders of newspaper clippings from regional papers documenting the discovery and production of oil in North Dakota. The bulk of the volumes date from 1951-1959. The final two volumes were removed from the booklet and placed in folders. In 1969, the Hess Corporation merged with the Amerada Petroleum Corporation.
Provenance: The Collection was donated by David L. Bartenhagen P.E., The Engineering Advisor of Base Facilities for the Team Hess Corporation, North Dakota Production, in December 2009. The collection was processed and the finding aid created by Emily J. Ergen in December 2009.
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Founded in Delaware, the Hess Corporation was incorporated in 1920. The Hess Corporation began exploring for oil around 1950 in North Dakota. On April 4, 1951, oil was discovered by the Hess Petroleum Corporation on the Clarence Iverson farm near Tioga in Williams County, North Dakota. This discovery led to nearly six decades of oil exploration in the state, which continues today. The Iverson well was located in the oil bearing region known as the Williston Basin. This region extends from central North Dakota to central Montana, and from western Canada to South Dakota. The Bakken formation, adjacent to the Williston Basin, has presented new opportunity for drilling in North Dakota. As of 2009, the Hess Corporation is the leading producer of oil and natural gas in North Dakota.
In 1969, the Hess Corporation merged with Amerada, and became the Amerada Hess Corporation. In 2006, the company name was changed to Hess Corporation. In 2009, the Hess Corporation is active in three areas in the United States, the Williston Basin in North Dakota, the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and the Permian Basin in West Texas. The corporation also operates in several countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
“Exploration and Production.” Hess Corporation. 2007. http://www.hess.com/EP/us.htm (Accessed 17 December 2009).
“Hess Corp.” Answers.com. http://www.answers.com/topic/amerada-hess-corporation (Accessed 17 December 2009).
“Oil History.” Tioga, ND, Oil Capitol of North Dakota. 2009.
http://www.tiogand.net/index.asp?Type=&SEC= (Accessed 17 December 2009).
BOX AND FOLDER INVENTORY
- Bismarck Tribune, 1951-1952
- Fargo Forum, Minot Daily News, Williston Daily Herald, 1951
- Leader, October 1951 - February 1957
- Mountrail County Promoter, July 1951 - December 1954; Williston Farmers Press, January 1953 - August 1958; Williston Plains Reporter, November 1953 - December 1954
- Pierre Daily Capitol Journal, July 1951 - August 1955; McKenzie County Farmer, April 1951 - December 1955
- Williston Farmers Press, 1951-1952
- Belfield News, 1952-1961
- Billings County Pioneer, May 1952 - December 1960
- Fargo Forum, 1952
- Golden Valley News, January 1952 - December 1968; Killdeer Herald, January 1960 - December 1968; Mouse River Farmers Press, November 1959 - December 1968
- Minot Daily News, 1952
- Plentywood Herald, February 1952 - December 1960
- Tioga Tribune, June 1952 - December 1956
- Williston Daily Herald, 1952
- Bismarck Tribune, 1953
- Dickinson Press, March 1953 - June 1954
- Fargo Forum, 1953
- Minot Daily News, 1953
- Minot Daily News, 1953
- Williston Daily Herald, January 1953 - May 1953
- Williston Daily Herald, June 1953 - September 1953
- Williston Daily Herald, October 1953 - December 1953
- Bismarck Tribune, 1954
- Dickinson Press, July 1954 - December 1956
- Fargo Forum, 1954
- Minot Daily News, 1954
- Williston Herald, January - June 1954
- Williston Daily Herald, 1954
- Bismarck Tribune, 1955
- Bottineau Courant, January 1955 - December 1960
- Fargo Forum, 1955
- Minot Daily News, 1955
- Williston Herald, 1955
- Williston Plains Reporter, 1955-1957
- Bismarck Tribune, 1956
- Fargo Forum, 1956
- Minot Daily News, 1956
- Williston Herald, 1956
- Bismarck Tribune, 1957
- Dickinson Press, 1957
- Fargo Forum, 1957
- Minot Daily News, 1957
- Montana Oil Journal, 1957 - 1959
- Williston Herald, 1957
- Bismarck Tribune, 1958
- Fargo Forum, 1958
- Minot Daily News, 1958
- Williston Herald, 1958
- Williston Plains Reporter, 1958 - 1961
- Bismarck Tribune, 1959
- Dickinson Press, January 1959 - December 1960
- Fargo Forum, 1959
- Minot Daily News, 1959
- Williston Herald, 1959
- Bismarck Tribune, 1960
- Fargo Forum, 1960
- McKenzie County Farmer, 1960
- Montana Oil Journal, 1960
- Williston Herald, 1960
- Billings County Pioneer, 1961 - 1968; Bottineau Courant, 1961 - 1968
- Bismarck Tribune, 1961
- Fargo Forum, 1961
- Minot Daily News, 1961
- Williston Herald, 1961
- Dickinson Press, Minot Daily News, Williston Herald, 1962
- Fargo Forum, Bismarck Tribune, 1962
- Montana Oil Journal, Fargo Forum, 1963
- Williston Herald, Minot Daily News, Dickinson Press, 1963
- Bismarck Tribune, Dickinson Press, Minot Daily News, Williston Herald, 1964
- Billings Gazette, 1964 - 1965
- Fargo Forum, Montana Oil Journal, 1964
- Miles City Star, August 1964 - December 1968; Mountrail County Promoter, January 1955 - December 1968
- Bismarck Tribune, Dickinson Press, Minot Daily News, Williston Herald, 1965
- Fargo Forum; Montana Oil Journal, 1965
- Mandan Pioneer, March 1965 - December 1968; McKenzie County Farmer, January 1961 - December 1968
- Bismarck Tribune, 1966-1967
- Minot Daily News, Dickinson Press, Montana Oil Journal, Fargo Forum, 1966-1967
- Williston Herald, 1966-1967
- Fargo Forum, 1968-1969
- Williston Herald, 1968-1969
- Plentywood Herald, 1969
- Renville County, 1969
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