Burton-Humphreys Oil Production Collection, ca. 1912-1920
Amoco Oil Company
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
0.5 cu. ft. : 1 box
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.
Photographs of refineries, flow charts, lab notebooks, and other materials relating to the Burton-Humphreys oil cracking process.
Burton-Humphreys Oil Production Collection, ca. 1912-1920, Archives Center, National Museum of American History