Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Burton-Humphreys Oil Production Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1102
Creators:
Amoco Oil Company.
Dates:
circa 1912-1920
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.5 Cubic feet
3 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs of refineries, flow charts, lab notebooks, and other materials relating to the Burton-Humphreys oil cracking process.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Amoco Company scientists William Burton and Robert Humphreys patented the Burton-Humphreys process in 1912. This thermal cracking process doubled the yield of gasoline from crude oil while improving the octane rating. It proved to be of great advantage during World War I, and is credited with avoiding a gasoline shortage.

Administration
Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Donated by Amoco Oil Company to the National Museum of American History's (then called the National Museum of History and Technology) Department of Arts and Manufactures, Division of Manufactures and Heavy Industries in 1963.
Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred from the Division of Work and Industry to the Archives Center in 2007.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Burton-Humphreys Oil Production Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sketches Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1910-1920 Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Petroleum -- Prospecting Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Petroleum industry Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oil Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Notebooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laboratory notebooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Burton, William Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Work and Industry Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu