Old American Well collection

Abstract

The Old American Well collection (dated 1829-1959; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) contain information documenting the first commercially operated oil well in the United States.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Old American Well collection
Creator
McGee, Curtis, Mrs.
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Petroleum -- Therapeutic use.
Historical markers -- Kentucky -- Burkesville.
Oil wells -- Kentucky -- Burkesville.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Greg Seltzer
Preferred Citation
61m273: [identification of item], Old American Well collection, 1829-1959, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Old American Well was the first commercial oil well in the United States. It was discovered by William Beatty in 1829 as he drilled for salt brine on a farm near Burksville, Kentucky. The oil was bottled and marketed medicinally as a cure-all under the name American Rock Oil. The oil well was operated until the Civil War when its output ceased to be oil and instead was mainly salt brine.
Kentucky's Great American Oil Well. American Oil & Gas Historical Society. Accessed November 3, 2015. http://aoghs.org/states/kentuckys-great-american-well/
Scope and Content
The Old American Well collection (dated 1829-1959; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) contain information documenting the first commercially operated oil well in the United States. The materials were gathered by Mrs. Curtis McGee as part of an effort to commemorate the discovery of the well. There are letters concerning the centennial celebration in 1929 and the installation of a historical marker in 1934, magazine articles on the history of the well, and some photographs of the area. Also included are short articles about the well and about Kentucky's geology; these articles were written by Geologist Willard Rouse Jillson.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1829-1959

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Photographs, 1926-1951

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Magazine and published articles, 1929-1953

  • Box 1, folder 3
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For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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