ExxonMobil Historical Collection - Page 3
the Mobil Corporate Archives, a program dedicated to documenting the corporation. The merger of Exxon and Mobil in 1999 precipitated combining the archives with Exxon's vast collection of historical materials to form the ExxonMobil Historical Collection. In 2003, ExxonMobil donated the Collection to the Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin to ensure the preservation of and public access to this important historical resource.
STANDARD OIL COMPANY
The earliest material in the collection, comprised of corporate charters, contracts, correspondence and agreements, details how, in 1870, John D. Rockefeller and his associates founded the Standard Oil Company of Ohio, ExxonMobil's chief predecessor, and operated the company for more than 41 years. These documents provide evidence of Standard Oil's aggressive acquisition of refineries, land, stock and property throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York and of agreements forging exclusive relationships with pipeline and refining companies, one of the keys to Standard Oil's success.
Though the collection contains numerous revelatory documents, one letter in particular surpasses them all: