History is in the keeping

Oilmen considered natural gas to be a waste product and flared it until gas industry pioneers learned how to capitalize on its value. Likewise, many companies today consider their old records as useless information to be destroyed.But innovators grasp the importance of the history within dusty files locked away in corporate vaults. Realizing an intellectual value, some executives donated documents to libraries, where professional archivists catalogued and preserved the papers.Christopher J. Castaneda, associate professor of history at California State University, Sacramento, coauthored two books based on corporate records at Texas Eastern Corp. and Panhandle Eastern Corp. that were subseq...

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