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Drake Well Museum

Discover the place where the modern petroleum industry was born on August 27, 1859

Our event took place on August 19, 2021. Discover the Drake Oil Well Museum and Park

This session was recorded and has been added to the  State Library's Lunch-and-Learn archive online  


Read More About discovering oil In Pennsylvania

     Miller, Ernest C. and Stratton T.K.. “Oildom’s Photographic Historian,” in The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, 1972 (Vol. 55,  No. 1) 1-54.

Read About the Drake Oil Well Museum

Learn More About oil discovery in Pennsylvania for students

oil well postcard

Researching the oil industry at the State Library and other library catalogs

The following subject headings and/or keyword searches may help you locate materials about the oil industry in Pennsylvania using the State Library catalog or your local library catalog.

Petroleum -- Pennsylvania -- History. 
Petroleum -- Pennsylvania -- Pictorial works. 
Petroleum industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- History. 
Petroleum industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Pictorial works. 
Petroleum industry and trade.
Oil wells -- Pennsylvania
Drake, Edwin Laurentine, 1819-1880.
Mather, John Aked, 1829-1915.
Oil City (Pa.) -- History.
Titusville (Pa.) -- History