University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Raymond C. Mathews, Sr., Papers, 1924-1973, 2006 (bulk 1950-1973)

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mathews, Raymond C., Sr.
Title: Raymond C. Mathews, Sr., Papers
Dates: 1924-1973, 2006
Dates: bulk 1950-1973
Abstract: Plans and designs, manuals, correspondence and photographs document the career of Raymond C. Mathews, Sr., and his work designing service stations and other facilities for Humble Oil & Refining Company throughout the southwest.
Accession No.: 2005-235; 2006-037
Extent: 4 ft., 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Raymond Clifford Mathews, Sr., an engineer who worked for Humble Oil & Refining Company and Exxon Corporation, was born in Willow, Arkansas, on February 17, 1915, to Albert Edward Mathews and Eva Pearl Hudson Mathews and was the youngest son of seven siblings. Mathews was married to Betty Bunting Mathews and together they had two sons, Raymond C. Mathews, Jr., and Ronnie Mathews.

Humble Oil & Refining Company recruited Mathews at Texas A&M University, where he graduated in 1939 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He initially worked at the company’s Baytown Refinery, eventually working on the production of butyl rubber and high-octane aviation fuel, important contributions to the war effort. In 1942, he took leave from Humble and enlisted in the U.S. Army and was later assigned to the 435th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) Battalion, deploying to North Africa and Italy. Mathews returned to Humble after the war, working from the company’s headquarters in Houston.

Throughout his career, Mathews worked as a staff engineer, special projects engineer, and lastly as chief engineer for maintenance and construction for Humble’s Southwest Region, covering seven states. Much of his work involved designing service stations, developing the vapor recovery system used in filling tanker trucks, and other engineering assignments. One notable project had Mathews serving as the Special Projects Engineer for the Humble terminal at the Houston Intercontinental Airport (now George Bush Intercontinental Airport). Mathews retired from Humble in 1972 for health reasons, but returned as an independent engineer for Exxon, working on cathodic protection systems to prevent corrosion of underground fuel tanks. Mathews retired permanently in 1985.

Note: This biographical note is derived from “Raymond Clifford Mathews, Sr., Memorial Biography” prepared by Mathews’s eldest son, Raymond Mathews, Jr., with the assistance of his mother, Betty Mathews, his brother, Ronnie Mathews, and Mathews, Sr.’s co-workers and army friends, as an addition to his father’s papers.

Scope and Contents

Plans and designs, manuals, correspondence and photographs document the career of Raymond C. Mathews, Sr., and his work designing service stations and other facilities for Humble Oil & Refining Company throughout the southwest. His papers include a variety of technical standards governing the construction of these buildings as well as the evolution of Humble’s service station designs from the 1950s through the 1970s. Also included are records, particularly plans and designs, for the construction of Humble’s fixed-based operations at Houston Intercontinental Airport in the early 1970s.



The papers are arranged into six series:
  • I. Office Files
  • II. Manuals and Standards
  • III. Plans and Designs
  • IV. Printed Materials
  • V. Photograph
  • VI. Biographical Material


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mathews, Raymond C., Sr. -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Humble Oil and Refining Company.
Exxon Corporation.
Service stations -- Design and construction.
Houston Intercontinental Airport – Design and construction.
Petroleum industry and trade.

Related Material

See also ExxonMobil Historical Collection, 1790-2004.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Raymond C. Mathews, Sr., Papers, 1924-1973, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mat Darby, April 2007 and October 2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Office Files, 1950-1973

2.207/M41 Calculations (Miscellaneous), 1955-1958
Cartoon File, circa 1950-1959
Cathodic Protection and Corrosion, 1952-1962
Correspondence, 1954-1973
Expense Reports, 1951-1962
2.207/M42 Loss Factors, 1952-1972
Personal – Ray Mathews, 1955-1972
Slide rules & conversion tables, 1950s-1960s
Tanks [with correspondence and booklet], 1952-1960


Manuals and Standards, 1942-1973

2.207/M42 Drafting Room Standards [Baytown Refinery], 1942
Bulk Station Specifications, 1952
Bulk Plant Hydraulics [Esso Standard], circa 1960
Standards for Marketing Department Bulk Plants and Terminals [Esso Standard], 1960
2.207/M43 Aviation Technical Service Manual [Humble], 1963-1967
Marketing Engineering Standards Manual [Humble], 1963-1967
2.207/M44 OSHA – Oil Spill – Government Regulations, 1972-1973


Plans and Designs, 1924-1972

2.207/M44 Typical Designs of Timber Structures [Timber Engineering Company (Teco)], 1949, 1955
Service Station Designs, 1962, undated
Piping Design, 1969-1971
2.207/M45 Service station drawings, 1956-1965
Sign drawings, 1958-1969
Bulk plants and terminals drawings, 1960-1972
2W130 Humble Standard Filling Stations, 1924-1930
Additions to the Irving Gasoline Terminal, 1949
San Antonio Bulk Station and Products Terminal, 1949
Specifications for the San Antonio Bulk Station and Products Terminal, 1949
Low Cost Stations, 1952
Humble Service Station, 1957
Humble Service Station, 1958-59
Corsicana Bulk Plant, 1962
DM-62 Service Station, 1962
Typical Tank Installation for Consumer Account, 1963
Columbus Bulk Plant, 1968
Fuel Storage System – Red Bird Airport, 1968
Katy Bulk Plant Oil Spill Control, 1968
Terminal Building Fixed Base Facility – Houston Intercontinental Airport, 1970
Bulk Plant – Abilene, 1971
Bay City Bulk Plant, 1972
Skid Tanks, 1972
2.207/K106 Houston Intercontinental Airport – A hangar and office facility for Tenneco Qualitron Aero, 1970
2.207/I129 [Unidentified building rendering], undated


Printed Materials, 1954-1961

2.207/M44 Humble Sales Lubricator, 1954-1961
Shellegram, 1959


Photograph, circa 1955

2.207/I129 [Tom Rainbolt and two unidentified men with model], circa 1955


Biographical Material, 2006

2.207/M42 Memorial Biography, 2006