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Noah Fields Drake Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WHC-M-173

Scope and Contents


Geologist. Geological reports (1916-1935) for various oil and gas companies in Oklahoma; reprints of articles (1897-1945); two field notebooks; and a class notebook (1894-1895) belonging to Drake, a professor of geology and mining at the University of Arkansas. Noah Fields Drake Photograph Collection also in repository.


  • 1894-1948

Restrictions on Access

Available for public access.

Biographical / Historical

Noah Drake was born January 30, 1864 near Fayetteville, Arkansas on a farm outside the town of Summers. In 1888, he graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Civil Engineering and joined the Arkansas Geological Survey for a year. He then did work for the Texas Geological Survey, including the Indian Territory. Thereafter, he left his geological work, and got his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degree in geology in 1897 at Leland Stanford University. From 1897 to 1911 he lived in Tientsin, China, holding various jobs geologically oriented (e.g professor of geology and mining) and pioneered in the geology of China. He returned to the states in 1911 and worked one year at Stanford University as an associate professor of economic geology and then accepted the position of professor of geology and mining at the University of Arkansas. He retired from teaching in 1920 and became active in real estate development and civic affairs in Fayetteville, Arkansas his native home. He died of a heart attack on May 4, 1945.

The Collection itself contains 23 pieces spanning from 1894 to 1949. There are two biographies of Drake along with geological reports of the Indian Territory, Arkansas, California, China, the state of Oklahoma, and Nevada. Also included are three field notebooks and a quantitative chemical analysis class notebook (1894-95).


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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Clifton Wade.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Wade, Mrs. Clifton. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1949.

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Repository Details

Part of the Western History Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 300
Norman Oklahoma 73019 United States