This online collection consists of photographs from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, who was president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.

The original physical collection of this material plus more is available at the Woodson Research Center. Contact woodson@rice.edu.

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  • Young man next to big wheels, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Young man on wooden tank, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Wooden derrick, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Sawtelle with three other men, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Man in straw hat on pipes, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Wagon passing derrick, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Man and boy pass derrick, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Roughnecks, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Hillside gusher, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Limited lease section 27, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Gusher with truck, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Tractor moving pipes, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Derrick on wet ground, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.
  • Families on derrick, Kirby Petroleum Company 

    (1920)
    Photograph from the Houston-based Kirby Petroleum Company and the records of George Sawtelle, president of the company for more than 20 years. This material provides a valuable look at the early days of the oil industry in Texas.