About Us

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pecosRiverPermian Historical Society was organized on 4 November 1958 as The Texas Permian Historical Society with the purpose of preserving the history of the Permian Basin of West Texas.  In 1965 members voted to change the name of the organization by deleting Texas from the name to allow the inclusion of three counties of New Mexico–Eddy, Lea, and Chavez. In 1961, PHS began publishing a regional history journal, The Permian Historical Annual, which is mailed to individual and institutional members each fall.  Now consisting of more than forty volumes, The Annual represents the best available collection of Permian Basin history.  The organization moved its headquarters and its archival research materials to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin early in 1973.  The archival materials are held in Special Collections at Dunagan Library on the UTPB campus. PHS honors individuals who have contributed to the preservation of regional history with a number of awards:

  • Fellows of Permian Historical Society Award is given to individuals who have published significant historical work about the Permian Basin;
  • Academy of History Award acknowledges individual contributions to area-wide historical preservation;
  • Permian History Preservationist Award commemorates substantial contributions to libraries, museums, and archival collections of the Permian Basin;
  • Permian Pioneer Award acknowledges individual contributions to the advancement of the Permian Basin over a fifty-year residency.

PHS awards Graduate Fellowships for History Graduate Masters Degree Scholars at UTPB. A Masters thesis is required on a topic dealing with regional history and the student receives two-year support at UTPB graduate assistant pay rates and regulations.

Photo: Pecos River | From the collection of S.C.Rankin

Our Mission Statement

Permian Historical Society is devoted to preserving the history of the Permian Basin of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico from the prehistoric to the modern. The organization is interested in the histories of ranching, farming, and petroleum, which were the early economies of the region. Other topics studied are histories of regional Native Americans and their cultures, of stage stops and railroads, of town and business developments, of women and families, of taverns and churches, and of good guys and outlaws. Interviews with longtime residents, personal reminiscences, and traditional histories are published in The Permian Historical Annual and an upcoming series of books devoted to life in the Permian Basin.