Oil & Gas
U.S. petroleum history provides
a context for understanding the
modern energy business.
The American Oil & Gas Historical Society (AOGHS) preserves U.S. petroleum history, which provides an important context for understanding the modern energy business. This history, which began in August 1859 with the first commercial U.S. well in Pennsylvania, can help us make informed decisions about meeting America’s future energy needs. AOGHS offers energy education resources, including links to community oil and gas museums, county historical societies, libraries, and others dedicated to material preservation. Please support our effort.
Articles & Updates
December 1, 1865 - Lady Macbeth arrives at Famous Oil Boom Town - Shakespearean tragedienne Miss Eloise Bridges appeared as Lady Macbeth at the Murphy Theater in Pithole, Pennsylvania, America's first famously notorious oil boom town. A January 1865 oil discovery had...
Service stations gasoline pumps began with an 1880s device for dispensing kerosene at an Indiana grocery store. S.F. (Sylvanus Freelove) Bowser sold his newly invented kerosene pump to the owner of a grocery store in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on September 5, 1885. Less than...
A chaotic beginning for new U.S. petroleum industry. Discoveries at Pithole Creek in Pennsylvania created a headline-making boom town for America's new oil exploration industry, which began with Edwin L. Drake's 1859 well drilled at a creek near Titusville. As others...
Education Centers & Resources
Cities Service Bowling Teams?
I was wondering if there are any records or pictures of bowling leagues and teams for Cities Service in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Houston, Texas, or Lafayette, Louisiana. I would appreciate any information. My dad was on the team. – Lisa
Oilfield Storage Tanks?
My family has a farm in western PA and once had a small oil pump on the land. I’m trying to learn how the oil was transported from the pump. I know a man came in a truck more than once each week… – Lauren.
Early Gasoline Pumps?
For the smaller, early stations from around 1930, was the gas stored in a tank in the ground below the dispenser/pump? – Chris
History articles & Helpful links
Petroleum Artifacts & Memorabilia
Pages for posting questions, comments, and advice and for researchers, preservationists, and collectors seeking information about the history of artifacts relating to exploration and production technologies, petroleum products, transportation, storage, retail sales, and MORE.
Oil & Gas Families: Personal Stories
Have a family heirloom or other artifacts relating to petroleum history? Many community oil and gas museums can help preserve personal and professional stories…MORE.
Photography & Video Collections
The history of American radio, TV, and film offers portrayals of the U.S. petroleum exploration, production and transportation industries. Many public domain archives provide free access…MORE.
Preserving Old Photographs
The care, handling, and storage of photographs: How to preserve your photographic prints from all eras of photography (and negatives)..MORE.
"Is My Old Oil Stock worth Anything?"
A Q&A forum for sharing details about old and often obscure petroleum stock certificates, many from the early 1900s. Before posting, review our updated business histories of hundreds of old oil and natural gas companies..MORE.
Preserving Audio/Visual Recordings
The Library of Congress offers tips for preserving optical discs, magnetic tape, and other materials with inherent chemical instabilities. Good storage is especially critical to the preservation of these materials….MORE.
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