The Standard Oil (New Jersey) (SONJ) Collection consists of approximately 70,000 original black and white negatives; approximately 1175 color transparencies; approximately 25,000 glossy file prints arranged by subject; approximately 17,000 glossy file prints arranged by negative number; approximately 88,000 caption cards, and 182 volumes of vintage matte prints with caption information, arranged by area and subject (27,181 prints). There is overlap between groups: an image may appear in both subject files and albums, and be filed by negative number as well. The collection photographers included Charlotte Brooks, Esther Bubley, John Collier, Jr., Harold Corsini, Arnold Eagle, Russell Lee, Sol Libsohn, Gordon Parks, Edwin and Louise Rosskam, Charles Rotkin, John Vachon, and Todd Webb. American coverage includes forty-two of the then forty-eight states in New England, the Middle Atlantic, the Southeast, Central U.S., and the Southwest; Standard Oil sites in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and South America are also documented. In addition to documenting the myriad activities related to oil production and distribution, the photographers also recorded industrial workers’ homes and families, religious life, recreation, as well as highways, river transportation, bus travel, and American automobile culture. Designed to improve Standard Oil’s public image, the resulting photographs were made available for any use, appearing in newspapers and major magazines as well as oil-related publications.