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The Division of Petroleum Chemistry was a division of the American Chemical Society. The division's origins date back to the 1920 ACS Spring Meeting, when a group of petroleum chemists suggested to ACS Executive Secretary Charles L. Parsons the need for a division devoted to the chemistry of petroleum separate from the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. With the backing of Parsons and the ACS' membership, the Division of Petroleum Chemistry was established at the 1922 ACS Spring Meeting.
From its founding, the Division of Petroleum Chemistry focused on the advances in petroleum technology and the production of chemicals from petroleum. During World War II, it contributed to efforts to meet the United States' wartime demand for petroleum products and petroleum derived chemicals. Over the course of its existence, it held a number of petroleum symposia.
In 2011, the Division of Petroleum Chemistry merged with the Division of Fuel Chemistry to form the ACS Division of Energy and Fuels.
Browne, Charles Albert and Mary Elvira Weeks, A History of the American Chemical Society, Seventy-Five Eventful Years, Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 1952.
Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Petroleum Chemistry, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Petroleum Chemistry contain newsletters and ephemera generated by the division. The records are arranged into the following two series:
The Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Petroleum Chemistry were placed on deposit with the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by the American Chemical Society Division of Petroleum Chemistry in 2000.
The Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Petroleum Chemistry were processed by Andrew Mangravite in March 2017
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.
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The American Chemical Society Division of Energy and Fuels holds copyright to the Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Petroleum Chemistry. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Arranged in their original chronological order, this series contains four bound volumes of newsletters published by the American Chemical Society Division of Petroleum Chemistry between 1944 and 2000. The newsletters document the activities of the division and its members.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains ephemera generated by the American Chemical Society Division of Petroleum Chemistry. Menus printed for the division's dinners, receptions, and meetings make up the bulk of the materials in this series. R.A. Baxter's talk "The Refining of Shale Gasoline" is preserved in this series as well.