Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Gulf Oil Research and Development Company Records, 1926-1966 MS 582

creator Teplitz, Abraham J.
Title: Gulf Oil Research and Development Company Records
Dates: 1926-1966
Abstract The collection consists of material representing the work of Abraham J. Teplitz, research scientist-engineer at Gulf Oil Research and Development Company, from 1926 through 1966. It includes technical reports either authored or jointly authored by Teplitz, a specialist in the technology of oil well drilling. Also included are two notebooks related to patents and a folder of memorabilia and one of photographs.
Identification: MS 582
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (1 box)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical/Historical note

The Gulf Oil Research and Development Company Records represent the entire thirty-six-year-long career of Abraham J. Teplitz as a research scientist-engineer with Gulf. Teplitz, a native of Boston born in 1901, attended the University of Kansas, where he received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1926. In April 1927, with Cecil T. Langford, he filed application for a patent received in 1931. Its title is a Method for Separating Bitumin from Bituminous Sands and Similar Bituminous Materials. Teplitz was chosen to be a Mellon Institute Research Fellow, and in 1929 he was hired by Gulf Oil Research and Development Company in Pittsburgh. From 1931 to 1935 he did pre-doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Among his accomplishments at Gulf was development of a new method of oil well cementing. In November 1955 he applied for a patent on a process titled Squeeze Cementing and received the patent in 1957. Having become involved in deep water drilling, he was sent in 1958 as a technical advisor to the Mene Grande Oil Company, one of the Gulf Oil companies in Venezuela. In 1961 Teplitz was promoted to be Director of the Production Engineering Division, and he retired in 1966 as Director of the Production Division.

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of materials created or collected by Abraham J. Teplitz between 1926 and 1966, before and during his career with Gulf Oil Research and Development Company. The earliest item is a notebook recording data from oil wells drilled between Nov. 8, 1926, and May 12, 1927. A second notebook records ideas and drawings, 1937 to 1958. There are 16 technical reports of which Teplitz was either author or joint author. The materials also include several manuals and report-type publications relevant to Teplitz’s work as a specialist in the technology of oil well drilling. There are two folders, one of photographs related to oil well drilling and the other of memorabilia from Teplitz’s career, such as Gulf Oil Corporation certificates of service, newspaper articles and photographs related to retirement, and letters of appreciation from professional colleagues.


Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Gulf Oil Research and Development Company Records Collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

Oil well drilling rigs
Petroleum industry and trade
clippings (information artifacts)
technical reports

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Gulf Oil Research and Development Company Records, 1926-1966, MS 582, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was a gift donated by Paul V. Teplitz August 19, 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Notebooks, 1926-1958

Box Folder
1 1 Nov. 8, 1926-Sept. 7, 1927
2 May 4, 1937-March 20, 1958

Series II: Manuals and publications

Box Folder
1 3 Antelope Tool and Supply Company Manual SM 615/61 by J. E. Hall, Sr.
4 Successful Oil Well Cementing by J. E. Hall, Sr.
5 Nigerian Gulf Oil Company S.S. Glomar Sirte Drilling Procedure
6 Gulf Oil Research and Development Company personnel publications
7 Report of the Lost Circulation Study Group

Series III: Photographs, news clippings, correspondence

Box Folder
1 8 Photographs related to oil well drilling
9 Newspaper articles, photographs, letters, service certificates

Series IV: Technical reports, 1937-1941

Box Folder
1 10 Treatment of the United Natural Gas Company’s Well 1122 for Chemical Water-Shut-Off July 13, 1937
11 Determination of Phase Equilibria in Three Wells in the Fox Field, Oklahoma, April 22, 1938
12 Determination of Phase Equilibria of Will Smith No. 1 in the Fox Field, Oklahoma, July 14, 1938
13 The Micro-Analysis of Seep Gas as a Means for Petroleum Prospecting, December 15, 1938
14 An Appraisal of Subterrex Soil Surveys, November 10, 1939
15 A Discussion of the Results of Soil Analyses by Subterrex on Selected Soil Samples, December 13, 1939
16 Reservoir Equilibria at W. Bateson No. 1, Bay County, Michigan, April 7, 1941
17 The Effects of Aging on Karaya-Salt Water Muds, May 29, 1941
18 Karaya Salt Water Drilling Muds, June 4, 1941