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Burton-Humphreys Oil Production Collection, ca. 1912-1920

Creator:
Amoco Oil Company
Collector:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Subject:
Burton, William
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. : 1 box
Type:
Laboratory notebooks
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Sketches
Notebooks
Date:
1912
1920
ca 1912-1920
1910-1920
Notes:
Amoco became independent in 1912 of Standard Oil Trust. Company scientist William Burton and a colleague, Robert Humphreys, patented the thermal cracking process that doubled the yield of gasoline from a barrel of crude oil, while also boosting its octane rating. The Burton-Humphreys process was credited with avoiding a gasoline shortage during World War I.
Summary:
Photographs of refineries, flow charts, lab notebooks, and other materials relating to the Burton-Humphreys oil cracking process.
Cite as:
Burton-Humphreys Oil Production Collection, ca. 1912-1920, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Petroleum industry
Petroleum--Prospecting
Oil
Local number:
247630 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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