Donald C. Barton Papers MSS.0005
Donald C. Barton (1889-1939) was born in Stowe, Mass., on June 29, 1889. He graduated from Harvard in 1911 and received a Ph.D. in geology in 1914. He served in the United States Army Signal Corps during World War I. He came to Houston in 1919, and was employed with the Rydale and Rycale oil companies. From 1927 to 1934 he operated his own business as a consulting geologist. From 1934 until his death, he was employed by the Humble Oil Company. He was considered an authority on salt dome formations and their relation to oil pools. Dr. Barton was also a pioneer in the use of the torsion balance for oil exploration and made trips to Europe and elsewhere to study the method for adoption in the Gulf Coast oil zones. He was active in professional and academic circles as a contributor of articles and papers on the scientific aspects of oil exploration and gained national prominence as a geophysicist. Dr. Barton served as president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and was a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.
The collection consists of his business and some personal correspondence from 1922 to 1929 with the bulk of the material spanning the years 1927-1929. Three volumes consist of correspondence between Dr. Barton and the Freeport Sulphur Company (1927-1928), the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas (1926-1929), and the Association of Petroleum Geologists (1929). Most of the correspondence details the first two years of his career as a consulting geologist. It reflects business transactions between Dr. Barton and his clients as well as letters of inquiry from parties both in the United States and Europe. Some of the material is technical, dealing with techniques of geophysical exploration in addition to the areas of exploration.
Donald C. Barton Papers. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.
Donated by: Unknown Donor, 1942.
Processed by: Louis Marchiafava, Jan. 4, 1977.
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