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Natural gas research materials of Chris Castaneda

Identifier: MS 0566
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of research materials on the natural gas industry compiled by Christopher Castaneda. He is the author of four books that cover many aspects of the industry, including its history, particular companies and pipelines, and the development of regulation. Thus, there is detailed information on all of these subjects. The specific companies represented range in size from small regional operations to large corporations, including Coastal Corporation, Duke Energy, Enron, Panhandle Eastern, Texas Eastern Transmission, and Transcontinental Gas Pipeline. Also included is information about regulatory legislation and commissions established for regulatory purposes. There is material about participation of the industry in the war effort in the 1940’s. A number of individuals prominent in natural gas development are represented in the collection by correspondence. Finally, the collection includes five video recordings, mostly of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Officers’ and Directors’ meetings.


  • Creation: ca. 1930-1990


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Natural Gas Research Materials of Christopher Castaneda must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical / Historical

Christopher J. Castaneda, Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento, graduated from Rice University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Fine Arts, and from the University of Houston with an M.A. in 1986 in Public History and a PH.D. in 1990 in U.S. History. His area of expertise is 20th-century U.S. History, particularly concerning the energy industry. In addition to teaching, he has directed both a Public History Program and an Oral History Program. The materials in this collection have been used in the preparation of several publications, among them his Regulated Enterprise: Natural Gas Pipelines and Northeastern Markets, 1938-1954 (Ohio State University Press, 1993).


8 Linear Feet ( (8 boxes))

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The collection consists of research materials collected for the purpose of writing historical texts about the natural gas industry. Included are articles about people and companies active in the industry, as well as published works and videos.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift donated by Christopher Castaneda August 30, 2011.

Guide to the Natural gas research materials of Chris Castaneda, ca. 1930-1990
Mary Tobin
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA