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Imperial Oil discovery well number one, Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, August 1920
Imperial Oil discovery well number one,
Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, August 1920
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Imperial Oil - Norman Wells

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Table of Contents

Series 1 Norman Wells - Ted Link's Records. -- 1919-1946
Series 2 Ronald W. MacKinnon, Norman Wells Refinery. -- 1920s-1940s
Series 3 Canol Project. -- 1942-1982
Series 3a Canol Project - Ted Link's Records. -- 1942-1946
Series 3b Canol Project - Imperial Oil Limited. -- 1942-1944
Series 4 Norman Wells - Post Canol Project. -- 1940s-1993

Inventory

Series 1 Norman Wells - Ted Link's records. -- 1919-1946. -- 87.5cm 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 25th, a gusher was brought-in. In 1921, a small refinery was established and in 1924, a second discovery well came in. -- The series consists 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.
Series 2 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 series consists of Ronald W. MacKinnon's personal correspondence, published articles about his career, and his diaries as superintendent of the refinery at Norman Wells.
Box 1-1 Personal correspondence, articles, clippings, greeting cards, etc. -- 1920s-1940s
Box 1-2 Diary, Norman Wells Refinery. -- 1933-1935
Box 1-3 Diary, Norman Wells Refinery. -- 1933-1943 (predominant 1939-1943)
Series 3 Canol Project – 1942-1982. -- 2 m of textual records. -- The Canol Project had three main phases – the development and increased crude oil output of the Norman Wells field in the North West Territories; the construction of a 600-mile pipeline from the field to Whitehorse in the Yukon; and the building of a refinery at Whitehorse. Imperial Oil was brought into the project in May, 1942 and soon commenced drilling 62 new wells, of which 59 were producing. A "pre-fab " camp was set up on the refinery side of the Mackenzie River for members of staff. On the opposite side of the river was an army camp and Camp Canol (later a base for Norman Exploration which carried on where Canol left off). -- Series consists of material from Ted Link fonds relating to the Canol Project and records from Imperial Oil Limited relating to the Canol Project.
Series 3a Canol Project - Ted Link's records. -- 1942-1946. -- Ted Link was the chief geologist for Imperial Oil during the Canol Project. -- Series consists 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
Series 3b Canol Project - Imperial Oil Limited. -- 1942-1944. -- Series consists of project reports, administrative and accounting records, contracts with outside companies and records of movement of crude oil.
Box-2-1 Canol Project annual report. -- June 1-December 31, 1942
Box 2-2 Canol Project mid-season exploration progress report. -- July 15, 1943
Box 2-3 Canol Project annual report. -- 1943
Box 2-4 Canol Project fossil accession index. -- February, 19, 1944
Box 2-5 Abridged well logs - Norman Wells pool. -- 1944-1945
Box 2-6 Canol Project budgets. -- 1944, 1946
Box 2-7 Canol Project administration. -- 1943-1944. -- Includes duties of department heads, chart of cost accounts, and office procedure and correspondence manual.
Box 2-8 Canol Project insurance. -- March, 1943-April, 1945
Box 2-9 Canol geological investigations in the Mackenzie River area by G.S. Hume and Ted Link. -- 1945
Box 3-1 Canol Project Contract Number W-2385-Eng-60 - F.L. Buckley, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. -- 1942-1943
Box 3-2 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 1 - Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company. -- 1942-1945
Box 3-3 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 11 - Workmen's Compensation Board. -- 1942-1945
Box 3-4 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 13 - Eastman Oil Well Survey Company. -- 1943
Box 3-5 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 14 - Carter Oil Company. -- 1943-1944
Box 3-6 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 15 - Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company. -- 1943-1945
Box 3-7 Canol Project Sub-contract Number 16 - Poole Construction Company Limited. -- 1943
Box 3-8 Crude oil delivery and stock report. -- July, 1942-May, 1945
Box 3-9 Canol Project - Movement of crude oil to and from terminal storage. -- July-December, 1943
Box 4-1 Canol Project - Movement of crude oil to and from terminal storage. -- January, 1944-March, 1945
Box 4-2 Canol Project - Intra-department accounts. -- August, 1942-October, 1943
Box 4-3 Canol Project - Intra-department accounts. -- November, 1943-July, 1944
Box 4-4 Canol Project - Intra-department accounts. -- August, 1944-December, 1944
Box 4-5 Canol Project - Intra-department accounts. -- January-April, 1945
Box 5-1 Canol Project - Cost account trial balance statements. -- May 31, 1943-December 31, 1943
Box 5-2 Canol Project - Cost account trial balance statements. -- January 31, 1944-December 31, 1944
Box 5-3 Canol Project - Cost account trial balance statements. -- January 31-April 30, 1945
Box 5-4 Canol Project - Cash reconciliations with finance office. -- May, 1942-June 30, 1945
Box 6-1 Canol Project - Subsidiary ledger. -- 1942-1945
Box 6-2 Canol Project - Transfer binder for subsidiary ledger. -- 1942-1945
Box 7-1 Canol Project - General ledger. -- 1942-1945
Box 7-2 Canol Project - Cost ledger. -- Effective October 31, 1944
Box 8 Refinery statements - Canol Project - March, 1943 - February, 1944
Box 9 Refinery statements - Canol Project - March, 1944 - January, 1945
Box 10 Refinery statements - Canol Project - February, 1945 - April, 1945
Box 11 Canol Project report. -- 1942-1945. -- 2 copies.
Box-12-1 Miscellaneous correspondence, humorous poems and drawings from Jack Campbell. -- 1944
Box-12-2 Canol Project published articles. -- 1943-1982
Series 4 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. -- Series consists of refinery statements, Norman Exploration financial records and reports, agreement with federal government, other reports and correspondence relating to operations at Norman Wells.
Box 12-3 Historical information and published articles on Norman Wells. -- 1940s-1993
Box 13 Refinery statements - Producing Department - May, 1945 - September, 1945
Box 14-1 Norman Exploration financial statements. -- 1944-1945
Box 14-2 Norman Exploration accounting manual. -- December 14, 1945
Box 14-3 Norman Exploration reports. -- 1946-1948. -- Includes profit and loss statement, equipment, materials and supplies acquired from the government of the United States of America and general survey Norman Wells Refinery.
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.
Box 14-5 Report, Permafrost at Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, by R.A. Hemstock. -- February, 1949
Box 14-6 Draft of proposed manual for Norman Wells accounting procedures. -- 1965
Box 15 Long-term notes, accounts and other receivables - carried interest, Norman Wells policy (Parts 1-3). -- 1951-1959
Box 16 Long-term notes, accounts and other receivables - carried interest, Norman Wells policy (Parts 4-6). -- 1960-1968
Box 17-1 Norman Wells correspondence. -- 1968-1970
Box 17-2 Norman Wells correspondence. -- 1970-1972
Box 17-3 Norman Wells 1969 Modernization Project. -- 1969. -- Status reports 1-6.
Box 17-4 Norman Wells 1970 Modernization Project. -- 1970. -- Status reports.
Box 17-5 Norman Wells proposed oilfield expansion and historical centre opening. -- [ca. 1979], 1989
Box 18 Norman Wells and Canol Project - Site Plans. -- [ca. 1935-1975]
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