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Petroleum, by Philip W. Bishop

Author:
Bishop, Philip W  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. illus. (part col.) 28 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1969
Topic:
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Call number:
TN870 .B62
TN870.B62
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_238

The romance of oil

Physical description:
27 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Texas
Date:
1916
1935
Between 1916 and 1935]
Topic:
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Call number:
HD9567.T3 R65 1916z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_936536

[Billboard with cutout of young girl advertising Texaco restrooms : black and white photoprint]

Advertiser:
Texaco, Inc.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ayer (N W) Incorporated.  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (8" x 10".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1953
Scope and Contents:
Ad text - "Something a lady appreciates! Registered rest room." Photographer unidentified.
Arrangement:
In Series 17, Box 3, Folder 19.
Local Numbers:
AC0059-0000230.tif(AC Scan)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site by appointment. Photographs must be handled with cotton gloves unless protected by sleeves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply. Publication and production quality duplication is restricted due to complex copyright, publicity rights, and right to privacy issues. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff. Potential users must receive written permission from appropriate rights holders prior to obtaining high quality copies.
Topic:
Billboards -- Los Angeles (Ca.)  Search this
Gasoline  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
advertising -- Outdoor  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1950-1960 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
NW Ayer & Sons, incorporated Advertising Agency Records, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
N W Ayer Advertising Agency Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0059-ref8409

Stephen P. Cauley

Creator:
Socony-Vacuum Oil Company  Search this
Subject:
Cauley, Stephen P  Search this
Socony-Vacuum Oil Company  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Petroleum engineering  Search this
Engineering  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0422]
Restrictions & Rights:
All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email OSIAREF@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_290887

Thomas G. Delbridge (d. 1965)

Creator:
Wanamaker-Underwood  Search this
Subject:
Delbridge, Thomas G. d. 1965  Search this
Cornell University  Search this
Atlantic Refining Company  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0965]
Restrictions & Rights:
All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email OSIAREF@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_296543

R.H. Crozier

Subject:
Mineral Oils Extraction Ltd  Search this
International Conference on Bituminous Coal  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1928
Topic:
Chemistry  Search this
Crozier, R.H  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0739]
Restrictions & Rights:
All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email OSIAREF@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_296589

John C. Dean

Subject:
Dean, John C  Search this
Mobil Oil Company  Search this
Socony-Vacuum Oil Company  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0927]
Restrictions & Rights:
All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email OSIAREF@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_296810

Per Kayser Frolich (1899-1977)

Subject:
Frolich, Per Keyser 1899-  Search this
American Chemical Society  Search this
Standard Oil Development Company  Search this
Esso Standard Oil Company  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1943
Topic:
Chemical engineering  Search this
Chemistry  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-1737]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_382954

Project Oilwings Research Collection

Creator:
Winans, David R.  Search this
Names:
American Aviation Historical Society  Search this
Andian National Pipeline  Search this
Arabian American Oil Company  Search this
Esso Standard Oil Company  Search this
Exxon Corporation  Search this
Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Del.)  Search this
Imperial Oil Limited  Search this
Mobil Oil Corporation  Search this
Standard Oil Company  Search this
Winans, David R.  Search this
Extent:
0.68 Cubic feet ((2 legal document boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Articles
Notes
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
1919-1941
Scope and Contents:
This material contains what appears to be a small group of the research gathered for this project, including photographs, articles, correspondence and research notes on the following oil companies: Standard Oil of New Jersey; Humble Oil and Refining Company; Andian National Pipeline; Esso/Exxon; Imperial Oil Limited; Standard Oil of Louisiana; California Arab Standard Oil/ARAMCO; and Mobile Oil.
Biographical / Historical:
"Project Oilwings" was a research project sponsored by the American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS) to compile a history of all aircraft used by domestic gasoline and petroleum companies prior to World War II. The project was to have been a compilation of photographs, drawings, usages and dispositions of oil company aircraft, as well as of personnel, personal anecdotes, and corporate history within the years 1919-1941. The project was then to present this material in manuscript form. Announced in the fall of 1965, "Project Oilwings" was headed by project leader, David R. Winans.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Larry Moore, gift, 2000, 2000-0013, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Project Oilwings  Search this
Oil industries  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
advertising  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles
Notes
Photographs
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0013
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0013

Crown Central Petroleum Advertising Collection

Creator:
Crown Central Petroleum Corporation  Search this
Names:
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969  Search this
Author:
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972  Search this
Extent:
0.66 Cubic feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Posters
Design drawings
Advertisements
Letters (correspondence)
Point-of-purchase displays
Date:
1949 - 1996
Scope and Contents:
The collection includes advertising materials for Crown Central's credit card and credit check programs, for gifts (cameras, kitchenware) offered by its service station to repeat customers; a set of posters and a design drawing for them, exhorting drivers to drive safely, featuring images of governors of states, President Dwight Eisenhower, FBI Director J.Edgar Hoover, and others; and a 1955 letter to Eisenhower requesting that he appear on one of the posters.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The oil company Crown Central Petroleum developed its Governor's Highway Safety Program in the late 1940s.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Crown Central Petroleum. 2016
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Marketing -- 1950-2000  Search this
Service stations  Search this
Advertising history -- 1950-2000  Search this
Gasoline  Search this
Credit cards  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Marketing  Search this
advertising  Search this
Credit  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters -- 1950-2000
Design drawings -- 1950-2000
Advertisements -- 1950-2000
Letters (correspondence) -- 1950-2000
Point-of-purchase displays -- 1950-2000
Citation:
Crown Central Petroleum Advertising Collection, ca.1949-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1398
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1398

Will MacPheat Collection of U.S.G.S. Photographs

Donor:
MacPheat, Will  Search this
Names:
Geological Survey (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 Box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1920s-1930s.
Summary:
Photographs of oil and gas extraction sites and equipment taken by field personnel of the United States Geological Survey in Montana and North Dakota
Scope and Contents:
The photographs are arranged into two groups. The first group consists of black and white silver gelatin prints dating from 1929-1939 and contain detailed descriptions, including locations. A number of these prints are undated; however, handwritten inscriptions are on the images. Some of the unidentified prints have been grouped with indentified prints to which they seem related. The second group of prints consists of photographs dating from the 1960s. Most of these prints are dated; some have been identified, while others have no identification or dates. All of the photographs are arranged in chronological order when possible.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.
Historical:
The collection consists of photographs taken by field personnel of the United States Geological Survey in Montana and North Dakota documenting the construction of equipment for the extraction of oil and gas. Photographs include black and white silver gelatin prints (1920s-1930s), color photographs, Polaroid prints (1960s) and a few negatives. The bulk of these images are believed to have been taken during the 1920s and 1930s, with a smaller group dating from the 1960s.

Will MacPheat's description of the photographs includes the following, referring to an undated photograph: "The handwritten description pretty well tells the story - scene of 180 Quart Nitro explosion." He also refers to "equipment known in the early trade as a 'widow maker' due to the number of people who were killed by them. Loss of fingers was particularly common." He further notes: "In addition to oil field photos are photos showing some of the personnel, the Jordon Hotel in Glendive, MT (1938), a Carbon Black plant and the USGS office in 1935." Most of the early photographs are of sites, excavations, wells, and abandoned claims as well as the labor, mechanisms and structures required to obtain gas and oil from the earth. The later photographs depict the advanced equipment and techniques of the 1960s.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center by Will MacPheat in 2005.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Topic:
Oil fields  Search this
Oil wells  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Citation:
Will MacPheat Collection of U.S.G.S. Photographs, 1920s-1930s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0905
See more items in:
Will MacPheat Collection of U.S.G.S. Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0905

Exhibition Records

Creator::
National Museum of American History. Department of the History of Science and Technology  Search this
Extent:
5.5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Clippings
Maps
Drawings
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Color negatives
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Date:
1921-1922, 1947, 1956-1986
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document the research, planning, and execution of exhibits by the Department of the History of Science and Technology. Exhibits include the Hall of Petroleum, the Hall of Iron and Steel, and Inventing Standard Time. Some of the materials date to when the department was known as the Division of Industrial Cooperation, Division of Manufactures and Heavy Industries, Division of Mineral Technology, Department of Arts and Manufactures, Division of Extractive Industries; and when the museum was known as the Museum of History and Technology, the National Museum of History and Technology and when it was part of the United States National Museum. Staff documented include Philip W. Bishop, Head Curator; Edward C. Kendall, Curator; Charles O. Houston, Associate Curator; and Carlene E. Stephens, Assistant Curator. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, label text, scripts, images, diagrams, floor plans, maps, drawings, and clippings.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Time -- Systems and standards  Search this
Petroleum  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Iron  Search this
Steel  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Maps
Drawings
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Color negatives
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-299, National Museum of American History. Department of the History of Science and Technology, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 17-299
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa17-299

Growth of the United States Hall, Exhibit on Underwater Drilling

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
Growth of the United States (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Petroleum Hall (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 3.25w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Exhibit ; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Person, candid
Exhibit
Photographic print
Date:
June 1967
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Dioramas  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-1099
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12888

Oral history interview with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.

Creator::
Glassell, Alfred C., Jr. interviewee.  Search this
Extent:
3 mini-audiotapes (originals).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Interviews
Oral history
Transcripts
Place:
Peru
Date:
2002
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., was interviewed for his achievements in sport fishing, his contributions to National Museum of Natural History, and his service to the Smithsonian Institution.
Descriptive Entry:
The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., Interview was conducted on March 12, 2002, by Judy Terry Smith and Clyde F. E. Roper from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The interview discusses Glassell's background and early career in the petroleum industry; his adventures in sport fishing; the scientific expedition to the Indian Ocean aboard his ship, the Argosy; the capture of the world record 1,560 pound black marlin; his induction into the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame; his wife and family; his first visit to the Smithsonian Institution; the formation of the Smithsonian National Board; his views on leadership, development, and museum outreach; the scientific expedition with the University of Miami Marine Institute (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences); and other angler friends. The collection consists of 2.5 hours of audiotape recording, 75 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.5 cubic feet of shelf space. The interview has been digitized for preservation purposes, so the collection also consists of 5 digital audio .wav files and 5 digital .mp3 files. Box 1 contains transcript of the interview, digital .mp3 files and cassette copies of the original micro-cassette recordings, which are in security storage.
Historical Note:
Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. (1913-2008), a leader in the petroleum industry and an advocate for marine biology research, was a generous supporter of the Smithsonian Institution. He was born on March 13, 1913, in northwest Louisiana on Cuba Plantation, a remote cotton plantation near the Red River. He received a B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1934, and in 1945, after serving approximately three and half years in the U.S. Army, he moved to Houston, Texas. Glassell traveled the world extensively hunting marlin, blue fin tuna, and swordfish. He was a member of the U.S. Team in the International Tuna Cup Matches for seven years and served as captain of the 1952 second-place team. He secured the world record title for hooking a 1,560 pound black marlin, the largest grander caught on rod and reel, off the coast of Cabo Blanco, Peru, on August 4, 1953. Glassell donated the immense fish to the Smithsonian for a new hall titled Life in the Sea at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). As an accomplished sport fisherman, he was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2001.

He organized scientific expeditions around the world aboard his vessel, the Argosy, for Yale University in 1957, and in 1961 for the University of Miami, where a research laboratory bears his name. He was named an Honorary Member of the Smithsonian National Board of which he was a founding member. In 1991, the Smithsonian Benefactors' Circle recognized him for a lifetime of patronage and dedication to the Smithsonian Institution. He founded the Glassell School of Art, a teaching wing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (MFAH) where his world-renowned collection of gold is housed, and he served as Chairman Emeritus of the MFAH board of trustees.
Rights:
Restricted (Tapes and transcripts). The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., oral history interview may not be used without the written permission of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., or his heirs or assigns.
Topic:
Scientific expeditions -- Ecuador  Search this
Scientific expeditions -- Indian Ocean  Search this
Scientific expeditions -- Panama, Bay of (Panama)  Search this
Swordfish fishing  Search this
Tournament fishing  Search this
Tuna fishing  Search this
Marine biology  Search this
Marine sciences  Search this
Saltwater fishing  Search this
Big game fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Exploratory fishing  Search this
Fishes -- Type specimens  Search this
Fishing -- Records  Search this
Fishing stories  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Museum trustees  Search this
Marine sciences  Search this
Oceanography  Search this
World records  Search this
Benefactors  Search this
Marine animals  Search this
Ichthyology  Search this
Gifts  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Interviews
Oral history
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9601, Glassell, Alfred C., Jr. interviewee., Oral history interview with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
Identifier:
Record Unit 9601
See more items in:
Oral history interview with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9601

American Petroleum Institute Photograph and Film Collection

Creator:
American Petroleum Institute.  Search this
Names:
Bush, George, 1924-  Search this
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-  Search this
O'Neill, Tip  Search this
Extent:
45 Cubic feet (122 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scripts (documents)
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1860s-1980s
bulk 1955-1990
Summary:
Collection includes historic photographs, slides and films on subjects relating to all aspects of the petroleum industry, including exploration, drilling, refineries, tankers, pipelines, automobiles, trucks, aviation, refueling, buildings, coal, gasification, plants, mining, surface mining, fields, land reclamation, coastal zone management, corporate public service, educational programs, crude oil, deepwater ports, and watercraft It also documents numerous products other than gasoline produced by the petroleum industry, such as propane, lubricants, heating oil, and plastics.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains, color and black-and-white photographs, contact sheets, slides, color transparencies, negatives, transcripts, audio tape cassettes, and films documenting the American Petroleum Institute (API) and all its activities. The material in the collection was assembled by API public relations staff from oil industry sources over several years and was used in public relations and educational materials.

The photographs and slides are both original and copy prints are organized according to the organizational structure that API used. The photographs and slides document all aspects of the production of oil, from exploration to drilling, from cracking to refineries, from pipelines to tankers, and from storage tanks to service stations. They also document the numerous products other than gasoline produced by the petroleum industry including: kerosene, liquid propane gas, lubricants, heating oil, and plastics. Additionally, they document the industry's efforts at self-promotion, its stand on environmental issues and energy conservation, its efforts to promote safety in its plants, and its perceived competition from other energy sources, such as gasohol, geothermal energy, solar energy, and nuclear energy. Overall, these images portray the petroleum industry as it saw itself.

The collection also includes general images of petroleum workers, landscape and wildlife scenes, urban settings, vernacular architecture (service stations), railroads, road development, and the industry's crucial role during World War II.

Series 1, Historical Photographs, 1860s-1950s

This series is divided into forty subseries and contains primarily black-and-white photographs, but there are some negatives. Many of the photographs contain captions. The content includes: advertising, lighting and heating, kerosene lamps, lubricants, medicine, aircraft, artwork, equipment, political cartoons, automobiles, terminals, disasters, charts, drilling, portable rigs, rotary rigs, exploration land rush, lighting and stoves, memorials, mining, natural gas, oil company offices, oil fields, pipelines, products, railroads, tank cars, refineries, safety, service stations, teamsters, war, watercraft, and wells.

Series 2, Modern Photographs, 1960s-1980s

The series contains black-and-white and color photographs, negatives and transparencies. The photographs are arranged into topical areas such as diagrams and maps, environment, electricity, exploration, natural gas, pipelines, storage, and wells. The following subjects are represented: artwork, automobiles, trucks, aviation, refueling, buildings, coal, gasification, plants, and mining, surface mining, fields, land reclamation, coastal zone management, corporate public service, educational programs, crude oil, and deepwater ports.

Series 3, Miscellaneous Photographs, 1900s-1970s

The photographs consist of black-and-white copy prints, color transparencies, negatives, and slides for a variety of subjects: pipelines, platforms, service stations, and wells. The names of major oil and petroleum companies, such as Shell, Standard Oil, Sun Oil, and Savory Oil, are represented.

Series 4, Slides, 1970s-1980s

The slides are divided into two subseries: slides presentations and slides by subject/topic. The slides presentations were assembled and presented by API staff. In some instances there are slides, transcripts, and audio tape cassettes for the presentations. The presentations have been arranged alphabetically by title. The subject slides are arranged alphabetically by topic/subject and are identified. Only some of the subject-related slides are dated. The miscellaneous slides contain such images as the Space Shuttle Columbia, sunsets, and industrial scenes.

Series 5, Photograph Albums, 1903-1968 (not inclusive)

This series includes two photograph albums: one that focuses on aviation, bulk plants, chemistry, and disasters and the other on an advertising series from 1953. The first album consists of black-and-white copy prints that are subdivided according to subject. Some of the photographs have captions. The album containing the advertising series is comprised of black-and-white copy prints with the corresponding print ad that was used. The print ads vary in size and amount of text. The advertising series addresses a variety of topics.

Series 6, Scripts for Films, 1955-1978

The scripts consist of final transcripts and drafts for various films commissioned by API. In some instances there are accompanying photographs.

Series 7, Publications, 1959-1990

This series includes publications from various petroleum companies such as the Shell News and Petroleum Facts and Figures and accompanying slides from the API library that were featured in articles.

Series 8, Films, 1960s

The films consist of approximately 25 reels of motion picture film. The films are production elements (negatives, track negatives, A and B rolls) for approximately 10 separate titles. It is not possible to make film elements available for research use. This portion of the collection has not been processed.
Arrangement:
Arranged into eight series.

Series 1, Historical Photographs, 1850s-1950s

Series 2, Modern Photographs, 1960s-1980s

Series 3, Miscellaneous Photographs, 1900s-1970s

Series 4, Slides, 1970s-1980s

Series 5, Photograph Albums, 1903-1968 (not inclusive)

Series 6, Scripts for Films, 1955-1978

Series 7, Publications, 1959-1990

Series 8, Films, 1960s
Biographical / Historical:
The origins of the American Petroleum Institute (API) date to World War I, when Congress and the domestic oil and natural gas industry worked together to help the war effort. At the time, the industry included the companies created in 1911 after the court-imposed dissolution of Standard Oil and the independents. These were companies that had been independent of Standard Oil and which had no experience working together. The companies agreed to work with the government to ensure that vital petroleum supplies were rapidly and efficiently deployed to the armed forces. The National Petroleum War Service Committee, which oversaw this effort, was initially formed under the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and subsequently as a quasi-governmental body.

After the war, momentum began to build to form a national association that could represent the whole oil and natural gas industry in the postwar years. The industry's efforts to supply fuel during World War I not only highlighted the importance of the industry to the country, but also the industry's obligation to the public.

The American Petroleum Institute was established on March 20, 1919, to afford a means of cooperation with the government in all matters of national concern; to foster foreign and domestic trade in American petroleum products; to promote in general the interests of the petroleum industry in all its branches; and to promote the mutual improvement of its members and the study of the arts and sciences connected with the oil and natural gas industry.

API offices were established in New York City, and the organization focused its efforts in several specific areas. In late 1969, API moved its offices to Washington, D.C. 0F

*History note courtesy The Story of the American Petroleum Institute , by Leonard M. Fanning, published in 1959, and The American Petroleum Institute: An Informal History by Stephen P. Potter, published by API in 1990.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History by the American Petroleum Institute through Red Cavaney and G. William Frick on December 16, 1999.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Viewing film portion of collection requires special appointment. See repository for details.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Topic:
Tank trucks  Search this
Tankers  Search this
Trade associations  Search this
Political cartoons  Search this
Pipelines  Search this
Railroads  Search this
Pollution  Search this
Service stations  Search this
Synthetic lubricants  Search this
Stoves  Search this
Oil well drilling rigs  Search this
Oil spills  Search this
Petroleum  Search this
Oil-shale industry  Search this
Petroleum refineries  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Petroleum -- Prospecting  Search this
Drilling and boring  Search this
Electricity  Search this
Automobiles  Search this
Disasters  Search this
Gas-lighting  Search this
Gasohol  Search this
Enegy and environment  Search this
Gas industry  Search this
Geothermal resources  Search this
advertising -- Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Heating  Search this
Harbors  Search this
Asphalt  Search this
Automobile racing  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Natural areas  Search this
Natural gas  Search this
Nuclear energy  Search this
Aircraft  Search this
Oil burners  Search this
Lighting  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Mines and mineral resources  Search this
Oil fields  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scripts (documents)
Photographs -- 19th century
Motion pictures (visual works) -- 1960-1980
Citation:
American Petroleum Institute Photograph and Film Collection, 1860s-1990 (bulk 1955-1990), Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0711
See more items in:
American Petroleum Institute Photograph and Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0711
Additional Online Media:

Oil patch dreams : images of the petroleum industry in American art

Title:
Images of the petroleum industry in American art
Author:
Carraro, Francine 1950-  Search this
Art Museum of Southeast Texas  Search this
Physical description:
67 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N8219 .C37 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_567870

Crude / Murtaza Vali

Author:
Vali, Murtaza  Search this
Markaz Jamīl lil-Funūn  Search this
Subject:
Balteo-Yazbeck, Alessandro 1972-  Search this
Physical description:
92 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United Arab Emirates
Date:
2018
21st century
Topic:
Petroleum in art  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade in art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art, Arab  Search this
Art, Middle Eastern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1111607

EC&M oil-immersed motor control equipment is safe for use in every branch of the petroleum industry

Author:
Electric Controller & Mfg. Co  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
Nd
Topic:
Petroleum industry and trade--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Call number:
29971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_264838

[Trade catalogs on the production of gasolines, motor oils, lubricating oils ... ]

Author:
Atlantic Refining Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<32> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1920
1920-
Topic:
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Gasoline  Search this
Lubricating oils  Search this
Call number:
053348
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_703494

[Trade catalogs on fire scale and soot eradicator, fuel oil treatment ... ]

Author:
XZIT Sales Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<2> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
194u
[194-?]-
Topic:
Boilers--Cleaning--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Descaling--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Call number:
054357
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_743238

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