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Guide to the Augustus Vincent Tack Papers

MSN/MN 0505

 

Collection Summary

Title: Augustus Vincent Tack Papers
Dates: 1914-1923(bulk 1914-1915)
Collection No.: MSN/MN 0505
Creator: Tack, Augustus Vincent, 1870-1949
Extent: 79 folders; 2 containers; 1 linear foot
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: Incoming letters and documents preserved by the American painter Augustus Vincent Tack, mostly relating to his tenure (1914-1915?) as treasurer of the American Oil Development Company of Pittsburgh, the Tack family business.

Selected Search Terms

Petroleum industry and trade -- Pennsylvania
Petroleum industry and trade -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Petroleum industry and trade -- United States -- History -- Sources
Painting -- United States -- History

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Augustus Vincent Tack Papers, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Tack papers were purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2012, from Carmen D. Valentino of Philadelphia (catalog 70, item 45). Arranged and described 2014, by Lauren Golden. Finding aid 2014, by Lauren Golden and George Rugg.

Biographical Note

Augustus Vincent Tack was born on 9 November 1870 in Pittsburgh, the son of Theodore E. and Mary Cosgrove Tack. Since 1863 Theodore Tack and two brothers had been engaged in the petroleum business, first as brokers and later as producers. In 1900 their McCalmont Oil Company was merged into the American Oil Development Company of Pittsburgh, of which Theodore E. Tack became president. Following Tack's death in 1914 company management devolved upon three first cousins: Theodore A. Tack, president; Harry S. Tack, vice-president and general manager, and Augustus Vincent Tack, treasurer. The A.O.D. Co. purchased and leased oil-producing properties in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Oklahoma, selling much of the resulting crude to Standard Oil refineries. It also owned and operated a gasoline producing facility in Sisterville, West Virginia.

Augustus Tack's role in the family oil business appears to have been casual, even if it did provide him with personal income. As company treasurer he was primarily responsible for signing checks mailed to him at his residences in New York and Deerfield, Massachusetts. He was a painter by vocation, whose work was admired, collected, and exhibited by Duncan Phillips in the period between the wars, and is now broadly represented in the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Tack graduated from St. Francis Xavier College in Chelsea, New York, a Jesuit school, in 1890; for the five years following he took classes at the Art Students League. In 1897 he made his first visit to Deerfield, Massachusetts, where an artist's colony had grown up around the legacy of the painter George Fuller; for many years henceforth, Tack would divide his time between Deerfield and New York City. In 1900 he married Fuller's daughter Agnes, called Violet. Tack's career as a portrait, figure, and landscape painter took a remarkable turn ca. 1914-16, when Phillips began to champion his work, especially the abstract landscapes for which he is now best known. By 1959, ten years after Tack's death, the Philips Collection owned more than 250 of his works.

Scope and Content Note

Almost all the papers in the collection relate to Augustus Vincent Tack's involvement with the American Oil Development Company. Among the 141 letters are 89 directed to Augustus by company president Theodore A. Tack, September 1914 to January 1916. Though these contain a good deal of personal and family content they are first and foremost business letters, bringing Augustus up to date on company affairs. Among the numerous topics discussed are: the impact of the war in Europe on the oil industry; ongoing lawsuits involving oil companies and individuals; the successful purchase at auction and possible sale of oil sites in Oklahoma; reports of company manager Harry Tack's field trips to company sites; contracts made with Standard Oil to sell crude to refineries; the banking of the company's assets; and the payment of dividends to family members. There are also 36 letters addressed to Augustus by A.O.D. Co. secretary Willis Siegfried, requesting the signature of enclosed items and touching on other financial duties and scheduled meetings. Also in the collection are 12 letters written to Augustus by his wife Violet, describing her and the children's stay in Santa Barbara, California in the winter of 1922-23. Relevant to Tack's artistic interests are two letters written by his brother-in-law Arthur Negus Fuller, discussing, among other things, a planned exhibition of the works of George Fuller.

Also among the papers are Tack's copies of three groups of American Oil Development Company records. First, there are 57 A.O.D. Co. daily average production statements of the company's wells, totaling 293 pages. Each statement details a ten-day period; all told, the records cover production for almost exactly one year, from 1-10 September 1914 to 1-10 September 1915. Second, there are 13 A.O.D. Co. monthly production statements for all divisions, ranging in date from August 1914 to December 1915. Third, there are 17 A.O.D. Co. monthly receipt and expense reports, August 1914 to December 1915.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in three series: 1. Correspondence; 2. American Oil Development Co. Records; 3. Miscellaneous.

Container List

  • Series 1: Correspondence 
    • Folder 1 (MSN/MN 0505-1) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1914 September-October. 9 Letters (ALsS) with 1 enclosure; 15 Pages.
      • Folder 2 (MSN/MN 0505-2) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1914 November. 9 Letters (ALsS); 13 Pages.
        • Folder 3 (MSN/MN 0505-3) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1914 December. 9 Letters (ALsS); 13 Pages.
          • Folder 4 (MSN/MN 0505-4) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 January. 6 Letters (ALsS); 8 Pages.
            • Folder 5 (MSN/MN 0505-5) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 February. 8 Letters (ALsS); 11 Pages.
              • Folder 6 (MSN/MN 0505-6) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 March. 7 Letters (ALsS); 12 Pages.
                • Folder 7 (MSN/MN 0505-7) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 April. 4 Letters (ALsS); 9 Pages.
                  • Folder 8 (MSN/MN 0505-8) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 May. 5 Letters (ALsS); 7 Pages.
                    • Folder 9 (MSN/MN 0505-9) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 June. 5 Letters (ALsS); 9 Pages.
                      • Folder 10 (MSN/MN 0505-10) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 July. 4 Letters (ALsS and TLS) with 1 envelope; 12 Pages.
                        • Folder 11 (MSN/MN 0505-11) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 September. 3 Letters (ALsS); 7 Pages.
                          • Folder 12 (MSN/MN 0505-12) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 October. 3 Letters (ALsS); 5 Pages.
                            • Folder 13 (MSN/MN 0505-13) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 November. 5 Letters (ALsS); 13 Pages.
                              • Folder 14 (MSN/MN 0505-14) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 December. 8 Letters (ALsS) with 1 enclosure; 17 Pages.
                                • Folder 15 (MSN/MN 0505-15) Letters: Theodore A. Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1916 January. 5 Letters (ALsS); 9 Pages.
                                  • Folder 16 (MSN/MN 0505-16) Letters: Willis H. Siegfried to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1914 September-October. 8 Letters (TLsS); 10 Pages.
                                    • Folder 17 (MSN/MN 0505-17) Letters: Willis H. Siegfried to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1914 November-December. 8 Letters (TLsS); 8 Pages.
                                      • Folder 18 (MSN/MN 0505-18) Letters: Willis H. Siegfried to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 January-February. 4 Letters (TLsS); 4 Pages.
                                        • Folder 19 (MSN/MN 0505-19) Letters: Willis H. Siegfried to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 March-May. 4 Letters (TLsS); 4 Pages.
                                          • Folder 20 (MSN/MN 0505-20) Letters: Willis H. Siegfried to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 June-July. 5 Letters (TLsS); 5 Pages.
                                            • Folder 21 (MSN/MN 0505-21) Letters: Willis H. Siegfried to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1915 September-December. 6 Letters (TLsS); 6 Pages.
                                              • Folder 22 (MSN/MN 0505-22) Letters: Agnes Fuller Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1922 October-November. 4 Letters (ALsS) with 4 envelopes; 20 Pages.
                                                • Folder 23 (MSN/MN 0505-23) Letters: Agnes Fuller Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1923 March. 2 Letters (ALsS) with 2 envelopes; 7 Pages.
                                                  • Folder 24 (MSN/MN 0505-24) Letters: Agnes Fuller Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1923 April. 5 Letters (ALsS) with 5 envelopes; 23 Pages.
                                                    • Folder 25 (MSN/MN 0505-25) Letters: Agnes Fuller Tack to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1923 June and n. d. 2 Letters (ALsS) with 1 envelope; 5 Pages.
                                                      • Folder 26 (MSN/MN 0505-26) Letters: Miscellaneous to Augustus Vincent Tack, 1922 and n. d. 4 Letters (ALsS) with 1 Envelope; 18 Pages.
                                                      • Series 2: American Oil Development Co. Records 
                                                        • Folder 27 (MSN/EA 0505-27) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 September 14-15. 7 Sheets (TDs, partly printed, some with handwritten annotations).
                                                          Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 September 10.
                                                          • Folder 28 (MSN/EA 0505-28) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 September 24. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                            Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 September 20.
                                                            • Folder 29 (MSN/EA 0505-29) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 October 5. 7 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                              Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 September 30.
                                                              • Folder 30 (MSN/EA 0505-30) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 October 5. 1 Sheet (TD, partly printed).
                                                                Statement of production for the ten days ending 1914 October 1.
                                                                • Folder 31 (MSN/EA 0505-31) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 October 15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                  Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 October 10.
                                                                  • Folder 32 (MSN/EA 0505-32) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 October 24-25. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                    Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 October 20.
                                                                    • Folder 33 (MSN/EA 0505-33) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 November 5. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                      Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 October 30.
                                                                      • Folder 34 (MSN/EA 0505-34) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 November 13. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                        Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 November 10.
                                                                        • Folder 35 (MSN/EA 0505-35) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 November 24-25. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                          Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 November 20.
                                                                          • Folder 36 (MSN/EA 0505-36) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 December 4. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed, some with handwritten annotations).
                                                                            Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 November 30.
                                                                            • Folder 37 (MSN/EA 0505-37) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 December 4. 1 Sheets (TD, partly printed, with handwritten anotations).
                                                                              Statement of production for the ten days ending 1914 December 1.
                                                                              • Folder 38 (MSN/EA 0505-38) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 December 14-15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 December 10.
                                                                                • Folder 39 (MSN/EA 0505-39) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1914 December 24. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                  Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 December 20.
                                                                                  • Folder 40 (MSN/EA 0505-40) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 January 5. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                    Statements of production for the ten days ending 1914 December 30.
                                                                                    • Folder 41 (MSN/EA 0505-41) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 January 14-15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                      Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 January 10.
                                                                                      • Folder 42 (MSN/EA 0505-42) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 January 25. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                        Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 January 20.
                                                                                        • Folder 43 (MSN/EA 0505-43) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 February 4-5. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                          Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 January 30.
                                                                                          • Folder 44 (MSN/EA 0505-44) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 February 15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                            Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 February 10.
                                                                                            • Folder 45 (MSN/EA 0505-45) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 February 25. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                              Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 February 20.
                                                                                              • Folder 46 (MSN/EA 0505-46) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 March 4. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                Statements of production for the eight days ending 1915 February 28.
                                                                                                • Folder 47 (MSN/EA 0505-47) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 March 15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                  Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 March 10.
                                                                                                  • Folder 48 (MSN/EA 0505-48) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 March 24. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                    Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 March 20.
                                                                                                    • Folder 49 (MSN/EA 0505-49) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 April 5. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                      Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 March 30.
                                                                                                      • Folder 50 (MSN/EA 0505-50) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 April 14-15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                        Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 April 10.
                                                                                                        • Folder 51 (MSN/EA 0505-51) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 April 26. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                          Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 April 20.
                                                                                                          • Folder 52 (MSN/EA 0505-52) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 May 5. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                            Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 April 30.
                                                                                                            • Folder 53 (MSN/EA 0505-53) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 May 14. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                              Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 May 10.
                                                                                                              • Folder 54 (MSN/EA 0505-54) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 May 25. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 May 20.
                                                                                                                • Folder 55 (MSN/EA 0505-55) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 June 4. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                  Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 May 30.
                                                                                                                  • Folder 56 (MSN/EA 0505-56) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 June 14-15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                    Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 June 10.
                                                                                                                    • Folder 57 (MSN/EA 0505-57) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 June 23. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                      Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 June 20.
                                                                                                                      • Folder 58 (MSN/EA 0505-58) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 July 6. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                        Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 June 30.
                                                                                                                        • Folder 59 (MSN/EA 0505-59) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 July 14-15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                          Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 July 10.
                                                                                                                          • Folder 60 (MSN/EA 0505-60) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 July 28. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                            Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 July 20.
                                                                                                                            • Folder 61 (MSN/EA 0505-61) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 August 4. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                              Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 July 30.
                                                                                                                              • Folder 62 (MSN/EA 0505-62) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 August 14-15. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                                Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 August 10.
                                                                                                                                • Folder 63 (MSN/EA 0505-63) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 August 24. 8 Sheets (TDs, partly printed, some with handwritten anotations).
                                                                                                                                  Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 August 20.
                                                                                                                                  • Folder 64 (MSN/EA 0505-64) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 August 31-September 7. 7 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                                    Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 August 30.
                                                                                                                                    • Folder 65 (MSN/EA 0505-65) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 September 4. 1 Sheet (TD, partly printed).
                                                                                                                                      Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 September 1.
                                                                                                                                      • Folder 66 (MSN/EA 0505-66) A.O.D. Co.: Daily Average Production Statements, 1915 September 15. 6 Sheets (TDs, partly printed).
                                                                                                                                        Statements of production for the ten days ending 1915 September 10.
                                                                                                                                        • Folder 67 (MSN/EA 0505-67) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Production Statements, 1914 August-1915 February. 3 Items (ADs, partly printed). 31 x 49 cm.
                                                                                                                                          • Folder 68 (MSN/EA 0505-68) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Production Statements, 1915 March-May. 3 Items (ADs, partly printed). 31 x 49 cm.
                                                                                                                                            • Folder 69 (MSN/EA 0505-69) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Production Statements, 1915 June-August. 3 Items (ADs, partly printed). 31 x 49 cm.
                                                                                                                                              • Folder 70 (MSN/EA 0505-70) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Production Statements, 1915 September-December. 4 Items (ADs, partly printed). 31 x 49 cm.
                                                                                                                                                • Folder 71 (MSN/EA 0505-71) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Receipts and Expenses, 1914 August-September. 2 Items (ADs, partly printed). 36 x 44 cm.
                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 72 (MSN/EA 0505-72) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Receipts and Expenses, 1914 October-December. 3 Items (ADs, partly printed). 36 x 44 cm.
                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 73 (MSN/EA 0505-73) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Receipts and Expenses, 1915 January-March. 3 Items (ADs, partly printed). 36 x 44 cm.
                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 74 (MSN/EA 0505-74) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Receipts and Expenses, 1915 April-June. 3 Items (ADs, partly printed). 36 x 44 cm.
                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 75 (MSN/EA 0505-75) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Receipts and Expenses, 1915 July-September. 3 Items (ADs, partly printed). 36 x 44 cm.
                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 76 (MSN/EA 0505-76) A.O.D. Co.: Monthly Receipts and Expenses, 1915 October-December. 3 Items (ADs, partly printed) 36 x 44 cm..
                                                                                                                                                          • Series 3: Miscellaneous 
                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 77 (MSN/EA 0505-77) Art related printed ephemera, 1923. 3 items.
                                                                                                                                                              Includes one invitation and two programs for Tack events at Kraushaar Art Galleries in New York.
                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 78 (MSN/EA 0505-78) Santa Barbara ephemera, ca. 1923. 4 Items.
                                                                                                                                                                Includes three small photographic prints of what may be Violet Tack's house in Santa Barbara, 1922-23.
                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 79 (MSN/EA 0505-79) Miscellaneous records, 1923. 2 Items.