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The following two pages list books and recordings of the Oil City, PA area that are available to the viewer of this website.  I provide this information to support my home town and make no money from any of the sales.


    In addition to the wonderful artwork on exhibit at the Transit Fine Arts Gallery there is also a good selection of books and recordings.  Most are from local authors and musicians with a few reprinted from old editions.


    This is a short list of some of the books & recordings to be found at the Transit Gallery.  Many other historical books as well as fiction, recipe, poetry, and photography are available, plus CD’s and tapes by area musicians.   If you are looking for specific  books or recordings of the Oil City and Venango County area, please contact Marilyn at

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"OCHS...A Century of Memories", a publication of the Oil City Derrick.

Packed with lots of photos and personal memories of many former students & teachers.  Walk down Memory Lane--you might be in here yourself!  All photos are black/white. 128 pages, $34.95

"OIL CREEK…the Beginning", by Neil McElwee

"A History and Guide to the Early Oil Industry in Pennsylvania" Copyright 2001.  Contains a different historical examination of the first decades of the American Oil Industry and the OIL CREEK area. Photos and maps.  A story  of our area! 134 pages, $19.00

"OIL CITY...The Town That Grew Up With Oil", by the Venango Museum.

A booklet printed by the Venango Museum in 1989.  A good overview of the story of Oil City with black/white photos.  Easy reading. 13 pages, $2.00

"JOHN A. MATHER: Oildom’s Photographic Historian", by Ernest C. Miller & T.K. Stratton.

Reprinted in 2000 by Margo Mong from Ernest C. Miller & T.K. Stratton's much earlier edition. The book is full of Mather's original photos of  the area including Pithole, Titusville, Petroleum Centre, etc...even  photos of Mather's Studio in 1869 & his Floating Darkroom. 56 pages, $10.00

"Recipies", by the Venango Museum.

A collection of favorite recipes by members & friends of the Museum.  Copyright 2005, 107 pages, $9.43

"CORNPLANTER WAS HERE: The Story of a Seneca Chief’s Legacy to Oil City", by Denice Demmer Patterson.

A booklet Published by the Oil City Arts Council in 2002.  Cover photo of the Cornplanter Statue in downtown Oil City.  18 pages, $5.95

"The Wurlitzer Theater Organ at the Venango Museum", by the Venango Museum.

This old organ, once housed at the Latonia Theater and is now at the Venango Museum where this music was recorded.  A compact disk of music featuring Karl Cole, with 18 old favorite songs such as "Hot Times in the Old Town Tonight," "Just a Song at Twilight," "Tell Me Why," "Battle Hymn of the Republic"...and more...produced in 2005 by the Venango Museum. Organ concerts are scheduled at the Museum during the year, but if you can't make the performances, this CD is the next best thing! $15.00

How to Purchase Books & Recordings of the Oil City Area

If you wish to purchase any of these items, please email Marilyn at and she will get back in touch with you with the cost for shipping, etc. 

When you email Marilyn, please include the following information with your request:

1. The title of each book or recording desired.

2. The quantity of each item requested .

3. The desired shipping method: Book rate, first class, priority mail etc.

4. Your return mailing address.


Marilyn will answer your email with the cost of your shipping and the amount your personal check should be made out for.  Your check should be made payable to "The Oil City Arts Council".

Your check should be mailed to:

Marilyn Karns        

315 Cowell Ave.   

Oil City, PA 16301

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