Youngblood Energy Library History... Oklahoma University
The Laurence and Loyce Youngblood story
Hotel Tower Builder - Towering Oil Industry Leader
In 1930, Laurence built the 15-story, 300-room Youngblood Hotel in Enid, OK, which he operated until 1934. The former hotel is now one of two classic office towers of publicly-traded independent oil and gas company, Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CLR).
Youngblood developed Canada's "Standard Oil and Gas Lease" in 1947, which is still in use today. According to the Youngblood Energy Library website at O. U., Youngblood was also "instrumental in the development of professional standards and educational programs for the profession of petroleum land management" at Oklahoma University, which were widely used nationwide.
70 Years in the Oil Industry From 1937 to 1940, Loyce Youngblood was a secretary to legendary Oklahoma oilman and Governor Frank Buttram, then worked 25 years beside her husband Laurence in the oil leasing and production business across America and Canada, helping him build the company into the nation's largest oil and gas leasing firm until his death in 1965. Loyce formed the L. S. Youngblood Co. in Oklahoma City from her portion of the partnership assets, remaining active in the oil industry another 42 years in several producing states and Canada until her death at age 92 in 2007.
Establishes "Magnificent" Library Loyce established and funded the new Laurence S. Youngblood Energy Library on the University of Oklahoma campus in 1989. With its 170,000 map sheets and its 100,000 cataloged volumes, the Youngblood Energy Library is widely acknowledged as one of the "top five geological Libraries in the nation.” 1 The Youngblood Library website states, "Mrs. Youngblood has donated this beautiful space in her husband's memory and has attended to the details of its design, decor, and construction"2.
Loyce exquisitely furbished the library, featuring the extraordinary "museum-quality" fossils and mineral specimens which she collected worldwide and donated to the library.
O. U. President David Boren declared in a news story in 2006 that Mrs. Loyce Youngblood's additional recent endowments had "...ensured the future" of a library that is "...really, truly magnificent". 3
Loyce Youngblood began many anonymous philanthropies in the 1970s when she and seven others, including Pat Boone, quietly donated a hospital wing for the famous Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. Loyce was named a to the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in 1984 and a Life Director of the foundation in 1987. Loyce received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from Oklahoma Christian University in 1988 for her gifts and fund-raising "activities on behalf of the college building program". She was also a founder of the Seminole Nation Historical Society. Loyce left substantial undisclosed gifts each to two non-profit organizations and two Oklahoma area universities, as well as to family members and two outstanding "50-year" key employees.
1Oklahoman news article on June 3, 2007 2Youngblood Library Home Page (see box below) 3Oklahoman news article on Dec. 15, 2006
Youngblood Library Website Access
To visit either "History of the Youngblood Energy Library" or the various "Specimens" on the difficult to access Youngblood Energy Library Home Page (part of the extensive Oklahoma University Library System) it is much simpler to copy and paste the following direct link into your web browser space bar:
David Wallace, P.O. Box 23901, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (405) 974--9759 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2009 David Wallace, All Rights Reserved