The Clarence E. Van Gundy papers
primarily consist of technical data assembled by Van Gundy, a petroleum geologist,
concerning the location and exploitation of various potential petroleum deposits in
California in the early 20th century.
Clarence Edgar Van Gundy was an American geologist; he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in geology
from the University of California, Berkeley in the 1930s. As part of his doctoral research,
he was a member of the 1934 expedition led by one of his professors, Norman Ethan Allen
Hinds, into the Nankoweap Basin in Arizona where he examined Algonkian rocks in the eastern
end of the Grand Canyon. After graduation, Van Gundy worked in petroleum exploration, first
with Shell Oil Company, then as Chief Geologist with Chanslor-Canfield-Midway Oil Company,
and finally with Texaco, where he worked as district geologist and senior geologist in a
division office. He was married to Marian Van Gundy and the couple lived in Altadena,
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