The Oregon and Washington Offshore Oil Exploration Research Records consist of materials assembled by Robert S. Yeats pertaining to oil exploration offshore of Oregon and Washington in the 1960s, primarily on the outer continental shelf. Some of the materials appear to have been assembled by LaVerne Kulm. The Records consist primarily of copies of reports and data from exploratory wells drilled by Shell Oil Company, Pan American Petroleum Corporation, and Union Oil Company of California. The reports include electrical and mud logs, drilling permits and drilling reports, and core sample descriptions.
The collection also includes a photocopy of a 1971 article, "Petroleum Potential of Western Oregon and Washington and Adjacent Continental Margin" by Dana B. Braislin et al. that was published in Future Petroleum Provinces of the United States--Their Geology and Potential. This article provides a brief historical summary of oil and gas exploration in western Oregon and Washington. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1892, Preliminary Evaluation of the Petroleum Potential of the Tertiary Accretionary Terrane, West Side of the Olympic Peninsula (1989), is also part of the collection.