Eugene H. Leslie Papers: 1916-1964
Summary Information
Title: Eugene H. Leslie Papers
Creator: Leslie, Eugene H. (Eugene Hendricks), 1892-
Dates: 1916-1964
Extent: 12.3 linear feet
Location: Portions located in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
Chemical engineer and research scientist, pioneer in the refining of petroleum and synthesis of rubber. Correspondence files, financial records, published research materials; and photograph albums.
Call number: 85254 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Gary Kwiatek and Darwin C. Matthews, 1982-1983

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection came from the Ann Arbor Department of Parks and Recreation (donor no. 6669) and was deposited with the library in two accession in 1981 and 1982.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have not transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Eugene H. Leslie Papers , Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

Summary Contents List

  1. Biographical Material -- Box 1
  2. Alphabetical Correspondence Files, 1916-1964 -- Boxes 1-7
  3. Chronological Correspondence Files (Outgoing), 1924-1958 -- Boxes 7-10
  4. Chronological Correspondence Files, 1933-1952 -- Box 11
  5. Financial Records -- Boxes 11-12
  6. Papers and Reprints, 1920-1927 -- Box 12
  7. Photographs -- Box 12-13

Biography

Eugene H. Leslie was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan during the 1920's. He left the University in 1928 to become a consulting engineer, working with numerous petroleum refiners and manufacturers in the processing industries and also as an engineering contractor in the sale of complete plants and plant units. He was the owner of Leslie Laboratories, a private research laboratory located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Leslie gained his early fame by developing a better process for refining gasoline. He served as consultant for firms building refineries, making White Star Company (the Kennedy-Earhart family of Ann Arbor) an early leader in the field. On the eve of World War II, he became involved in synthetic rubber experimentation, serving as a governmental advisor during the war. He died in 1976, leaving his home, laboratory, and grounds (now Leslie Park Golf Course) to the people of Ann Arbor for recreational purposes.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Eugene H. Leslie Papers collection consists primarily of three series of correspondence: Alphabetical Correspondence Files, 1916-1964; chronological Correspondence Files (Outgoing), 1924-1958; and Chronological Correspondence Files, 1933-1952. There are also three other smaller series: Biographical Material, Financial Records, 1934-1948, and Papers and Reprints, 1920-1927.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Engineering.
  • Engineers -- Michigan.
  • Petroleum industry and trade -- United States.
  • Rubber industry and trade -- United States.
  • Scientists -- Michigan.
  • Agriculture -- Michigan -- Washtenaw County.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Dwellings -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Industrial buildings.
  • Interiors.
  • Laboratories.
  • Machinery.
  • Offices.
  • Petroleum industry.
  • Photography.
  • Railroad cars.
  • Rubber industry.
  • Photographs.
  • Leslie, Eugene H. (Eugene Hendricks), 1892-
  • Leslie, Eugene H. (Eugene Hendricks), 1892-
  • Leslie family.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical Material [series]
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
 
Alphabetical Correspondence Files 1916-1964 [series]
 
A-Z 1916-1920
Box   1  
American Gas Institute
Box   1  
Barneson, Captain John
Box   1  
Barneson, Lionel T.
Box   1  
Brill, Dr. A.
Box   1  
Calvert, Robert P.
Box   1  
Chemical Catalogue Company
Box   1  
Clary, Edmund B.
Box   1  
Crowell, Dr. Will R.
Box   1  
Davis, Clark E.
Box   1  
Day, Dr. David
Box   1  
Derick, Dr. C.G.
Box   1  
Dickey, S.J.
Box   1  
Fisher, H.L.
Box   1  
Garrett, J.P.
Box   1  
General Petroleum Company
Box   1  
Glany
Box   1  
Graham and Harris
Box   1  
Leslie, George L.
Box   1  
Leslie, Roland R.
Box   1  
Moore, T.O.
Box   1  
Rittman, Dr. Walter F.
Box   1  
Ruby, Irving R.
Box   1  
Sawyer, R.C.
Box   1  
Security Life Insurance Company
Box   1  
Sinclair Refining Company
Box   1  
Taber, George H.
Box   1  
Tumson, B.R.
Box   1  
United States Industrial Alcohol Company
Box   1  
Whitaker, M.C.
Box   1  
White, Alfred H.
Box   1  
Willis, Professor A.R.
Box   1  
Young, F.L.
 
A-Z 1924-1928
Box   1  
A
Box   1  
Alexander, C.M.
Box   1  
American Petroleum Institute
Box   1  
American Petroleum Institute (Project 13)
Box   1  
B
 
Badger (E.B.) and Sons Company
Box   1  
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Box   1  
Boston, Massachusetts
Box   1  
Chronological Correspondence 1924-February 1926 (10 folders)
Box   2  
Chronological Correspondence March 1926-December 1927 (6 folders)
Box   2  
Peters, W.A., Jr. 1924-1927 (4 folders)
Box   2  
Braun, Carl F.
Box   2  
British-American Oil Company
Box   2  
C
Box   2  
Century Company
Box   2  
Chemical Catalogue Company
Box   2  
Craig Oil Company
Box   2  
Crane Company
Box   2  
D
Box   2  
E
Box   2  
Engineering Research
Box   2  
F
Box   2  
G
Box   2  
Geniesse, J.C.
Box   2  
H
Box   2  
I
Box   2  
Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Box   2  
International Critical Tables
Box   2  
J
Box   2  
K
Box   2  
L
Box   2  
M
Box   3  
Medvay Oil and Storage
Box   3  
Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company
Box   3  
N
Box   3  
National Automobile Chamber of Commerce
Box   3  
National Research Council
Box   3  
O
Box   3  
P
Box   3  
Paragon Refining Company
Box   3  
Phillips Petroleum Company (2 folders)
Box   3  
Pierce Petroleum Company
Box   3  
R
Box   3  
Roth Negotiations
Box   3  
S
Box   3  
Steere Engineering Company
Box   3  
Steward and McKay
Box   3  
T
Box   3  
Truscon Steel Company
Box   3  
Tunison, B.R.
Box   3  
U
Box   3  
United States Government
Box   3  
United States Commissioner of Patents
Box   3  
University of Michigan
Box   3  
V
Box   3  
W
Box   3  
White Star Refining Company (2 folders)
 
1928-1929
Box   4  
A-P (16 folders)
Box   4  
Q-Z (7 folders)
 
A-Z 1928-1933
Box   4  
Alpha Beta Chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity
Box   4  
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Box   4  
American Society for Testing Materials
Box   4  
Amtorg Trading Corporation
Box   4  
Andrews, John
Box   4  
Ashland Refining Company
Box   4  
British-American Oil Refineries, Ltd.
Box   4  
Coley, Samuel B.
Box   4  
Craig Oil Company, Toledo, Ohio
Box   4  
Darling and Co.
Box   4  
Dorr Company
Box   4  
Elk Refining Company
Box   4  
Faville, F.A.
Box   4  
Freedom Oil Works Company (Earl Craig)
Box   4  
Goldtrap, Walter
Box   4  
Hammond Iron Works
Box   4  
Harper, Buy D.
Box   4  
Huron Hills Golf Club
Box   4  
Irwin, Bruce
Box   4  
Leader Iron Works (2 folders)
Box   5  
McKee (Arthur G.) and Company
Box   5  
Nixon, Frank H.
Box   5  
Old Dutch Refining Company
Box   5  
Pennsylvania Refining Company
Box   5  
Pennzoil Company
Box   5  
Petroleum Engineer
Box   5  
Petty, Curtis
Box   5  
Petty, Earl
Box   5  
Podbielmak, Walter J.
Box   5  
Quaker State Oil Refining Company
Box   5  
Republic Oil Refining Company
Box   5  
Ridgway, Chuck
Box   5  
Rittman, Walter F.
Box   5  
Shiperovitch, V.L.
Box   5  
Struthers-Wells Company
Box   5  
Swan Fitch Refining Company
Box   5  
Union Iron Works
Box   5  
United Refining Company
Box   5  
Vacuum Oil Company
Box   5  
Valvoline Oil Company
Box   5  
Waverly Oil Works Company
Box   5  
Wolverine-Empire Refining Company
 
1930
Box   5  
A-Z (20 folders)
 
1930-1932
Box   6  
A-Z (10 folders)
 
1931-1932
Box   6  
A-W (20 folders)
 
1936-1964
Box   6  
1936 (3 folders)
Box   7  
1937 (2 folders)
Box   7  
1938-1939
Box   7  
1940-1941
Box   7  
1942
Box   7  
1944-1946
Box   7  
1948-1951
Box   7  
1952-1954
Box   7  
1955-1957
Box   7  
1958-1960
Box   7  
1961-1964
 
Chronological Correspondence Files (Outgoing) [series]
Box   7  
September 1924-June 1926 (14 folders)
Box   8  
July 1926-September 1930 (18 folders)
Box   9  
October 1930-May 1936 (17 folders)
Box   10  
June 1936-1952 (17 folders)
Box   10  
1958
 
Chronological Correspondence Files [series]
Box   11  
1933-1952 (16 folders)
 
Financial Records [series]
Box   11  
Cash Books and Ledgers 1939-1948
Box   12  
Farm Accounts
 
Papers and Reprints [series]
Box   12  
1920-1927 (3 folders)
 
Photographs [series]
 
Blaw-Knox Co., Pittsburgh, PA.
Box   12  
Equipment. Photograph Nos. B5707-B6282 April 1939-September 1940
Box   12  
Equipment. Photograph Nos. B6374-B6811 January 1941-March 1942
Box   12  
Equipment. Photograph Nos. B6551-B6555 and B6606 (Methyl-ethyl-Ketone Plant, B.F. Goodrich Co., Akron, OH.,) May 1941, October 1941
Box   12  
Offices and Personnel 1940-1942
Box   12  
Family and friends, early photographs
Box   12  
Family and friends, later photographs

(including photography pictures)

Box   12  
Farming experiments
Box   12  
Groups-Unidentified
Box   12  
Homes: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Ottawa, Illinois [Leslie Labs]
Box   12  
Laboratories.

(See also Homes)

 
Oil Industry
Box   12  
Acetic Acid Plant, East Ohio Gas Co. 1939
Box   12  
Cracking Stills, ca. 1920s
Box   12  
Dubbs Process.
Box   12  
Equipment
Box   12  
Oil Wells
Box   12  
Pennsylvania.
Box   12  
Refineries, Identified: California, Pennsylvania, Toronto
Box   12  
Refineries, Identified: Texas, Wyoming, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iran, South America. Includes Skelly and Shell Oil Co.
Box   12  
Refineries, Identified: White Star Refining Co., Wood River
Box   12  
Refineries, Unidentified
Box   12  
Portraits and snapshots
Box   12  
Railroad Cars
Box   12  
Travel
Box   13  
Albums (2 volumes)

(include oil industry photographs)