National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 601/Room 1100
Washington, DC 20013-7012
1.42 cubic ft.
Henry Wurtz, chemist and editor contributed to both the theory and practice of chemistry. During the years 1877-1887 Wurtz was engaged in developing processes for increasing the yields of paraffin oils and other by-products of the distillation of coal. He took out numerous patents relating to the distillation of paraffin hydrocarbons and other chemical products. These papers include items concerning the Union Chemical Manufacturing Company on dry destructive distillation of coal to make liquid oils and paraffins, including patent specifications.