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Old American Well collection, 1829

Part of Old American Well collection

61m273Old American Well collectionOld American Well collection, 1829-1959 61m273Greg SeltzerUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center2011 March 22Special Collections Research CenterMargaret I. King Building, NorthLexington 40506-0039SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDUURL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-05-23 14:46:00 -0400.Describing Archives: A Content Standard2015 November 3Description and EAD updated by Megan Mummey English University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center Old American Well collection McGee, Curtis, Mrs. 61m273 0.23 Cubic Feet 1 box 1829-1959 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. Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Preferred Citation 61m273: [identification of item], Old American Well collection, 1829-1959, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Historical note 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 Contents 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. Arrangement Collection is arranged by format. Immediate Source of Acquisition Gift, 1959. Burkesville (Ky.) -- History. Petroleum -- Therapeutic use. Historical markers -- Kentucky -- Burkesville. Oil wells -- Kentucky -- Burkesville. Jillson, Willard Rouse, 1890-1975 McGee, Curtis, Mrs. McGee, Curtis, Mrs. Correspondence1829-195911Photographs1926-195112Magazine and published articles1929-195313 Old American Well collection