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Inventory of the E. B. Brossard papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: E. B. Brossard papers
    Dates: 1908-2007
    Collection Number: 2001C91
    Creator: Brossard, E. B.
    Collection Size: 57 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize atlas. (23.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The papers consist primarily of Brossard's writings and research materials, the bulk of which pertain to the history of the Venezuelan oil industry and to modern Venezuelan politics. In addition, the papers contain a considerable quantity of research materials relating to the general history of the international petroleum industry. The research materials are comprised largely of reports, serial issues, and clippings, and are grouped by subject. The papers include some correspondence relating both to Brossard's research and to her career as a professor of political science at a number of American universities.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In English and Spanish

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], E. B. Brossard papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1928 Born, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    1940 Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin at Madison
    1971 Doctorate in political science, Claremont College
    1983 Author, Petroleum?Politics and Power
    1993 Author, Petroleum Research and Venezuela's INTEVEP: The Clash of the Titans
    2001 Author, Power and Petroleum: Venezuela, Cuba and Colombia, a Troika?
    1973-1975 Teaches at Hillsdale College, Michigan
    1975-1982 Visiting professor and then associate professor of government, University of West Florida, Pensacola
    1982-1991 Associate professor of government, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers consist primarily of Brossard's writings and research materials, the bulk of which pertain to the history of the Venezuelan oil industry and to modern Venezuelan politics. In addition, the papers contain a considerable quantity of research materials relating to the general history of the international petroleum industry. The research materials are comprised largely of reports, serial issues, and clippings, and are grouped by subject. The papers include some correspondence relating both to Brossard's research and to her career as a professor of political science at a number of American universities.
    Emma Brossard derived her knowledge of Venezuela from personal experience-she spent part of her childhood there-and from her study of the country's politics and oil industry. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Rómulo Betancourt, president of Venezuela from 1945 to 1948 and again from 1959 to 1964. Brossard went on to write numerous articles and several monographs on the Venezuelan oil industry. In her last years, Brossard was a fierce critic of the current Venezulan president, Hugo Chávez, and the papers contain her articles and research materials on Chávez.
    The papers contain extensive documentation on the activities of Petróleos de Venezuela, the country's national oil company, as well as those of its many subsidiaries. These materials include annual reports, financial statements, statistics, and articles from the Venezuelan press. There are also papers from a number of conferences held on the subject of the Venezuelan oil industry. As a whole, the materials trace the history of the Venezuelan oil industry from its beginnings down to the Chávez era.
    A significant portion of the papers concern Brossard's teaching career at Louisiana State University, Hillsdale College, and the University of West Florida. These materials include her correspondence with academic officials and students, speeches and addresses made by Brossard, and course materials from classes she taught.
    There are some sound and video recordings in the papers, including an audio interview of Rómulo Betancourt conducted by Brossard in 1970 (box 1). The papers also contain the first volume of Emma Brossard's unpublished memoirs (box 40), as well as articles and papers relating to one of Brossard's former teachers, the political philosopher Leo Strauss (boxes 9, 49, and 53).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Betancourt, Rómulo, 1908-
    Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.
    Petroleum industry and trade.
    Petroleum industry and trade Venezuela.
    Venezuela Politics and government.