public and private Loyce Youngblood fossil collections
"Magnificent" Youngblood Library features museum-quality
The late philanthropist and oil
executive Loyce L. Youngblood has collected and donated amazing fossils to
the Laurence S. Youngblood Energy Library at the University of Oklahoma, named
in honor of her late husband, Laurence, pioneer oilman and founder of the
nation's one-time largest oil and gas leasing firm.
Youngblood Energy Library
with herring-like fish
(Original cost $98,300; appraised at $138,000)
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its 170,000 map sheets and more than 100,000 cataloged volumes, the Youngblood
Energy Library, established in 1989 by Mrs. Youngblood, is widely
acknowledged to be one of the "top five geological
libraries in the nation.”
Generously endowed, planned, exquisitely furbished, and decorated by Loyce Youngblood, the
OU geological library was described as "magnificent" by the Oklahoma University
President David Boren, a former Oklahoma Governor and U. S. Senate Intelligence
Chairman, in a Daily Oklahoman news article.2
Oklahoman news story, June 3, 2007
2Daily Oklahoman news story, Dec. 15, 2006
The private Youngblood Estate fossil collection
Spectacular fossils also graced the 8,000'
Nichols Hills, OK residence of the late Loyce Youngblood, including this
6' Large Sabal Palm Frond draped over an apparent fish
fossil, believed underlying a left portion of the unusually large fan body.
(See close-up exandable views at left).
Heirs offer private
Large Sabal Palm
This Large Sabal Palm, in its 81'"x
68" contrasting limestone slab with a
museum-quality patinated bronze frame, originally cost $99,733, and was
estate tax-appraised for $65,000 in 2007. (This sole remaining unsold
private fossil from the former Estate of Loyce L. Youngblood is currently offered for
sale at $77,800 by the Youngblood Estate heirs).
More on this private Palm
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Mysteries of this private Palm,