Petroleum engineer. Economic and historical studies on Turkey and Russia, including manuscripts on Turkestan, Caucasian Georgia and Daghestan, the Crimean peninsula, the Cossacks, and cotton growing, the textile industry, and the petroleum industry in Russia. The scope of the works includes the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Collection contains correspondence, contracts, agreements, leases, minutes, journals, order forms and other materials relating to the operations of the Peruvian Petroleum Company, which was established in 1866 by New York City businessman George H. Bissell. The correspondence includes letters from partner Frederic Prentice and company representative Henry Smith to Bissell, and information on the company's activities in Peru
The materials in this collection are from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president and later chairman of the company to 1965. This collection consists of 2.5 cubic feet of photographs, correspondence, business records, clippings, and technical papers. The primary correspondents are John H. Kirby, Clint Murchison, Cooper Ragan, and George Sawtelle. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas. In particular, this collection documents through correspondence the concerns and business goals of oil men from the 1920s through the 1940s