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Herbert Blair Papers

Identifier: MC 622

Scope and Content Note

The papers pertain to Blair's interests in the petroleum and refining industries, especially as they relate to the developments in Africa. The papers contain correspondence and reports, and the donor's arrangement has been preserved.


  • Creation: 1934-1986


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

John Herbert Blair, Jr. (1908-1998) was born in Lamar (Johnson County), Arkansas, to John Herbert Blair and Anna Lee Webber Blair. Blair received his master's degree in physical chemistry from Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1934.

Blair began his career in the petroleum industry with the Atlantic Refining Company in Dallas, Texas, where he worked from 1938-1942. During World War II, Blair served as captain in the Army Air Corps with the Central African Division of the Air Transport Command. His duty was the reclamation of disapproved aviation fuel stored at stations throughout Africa.

In 1949, he became a member of the U.S. Department of Defense's Munitions Board, and by 1954, he was working for the Office of the Assistance Secretary of Defense in the Petroleum Logistics Division. While employed by the Defense Department, Blair made a diligent, yet unsuccessful, effort to coordinate and standardize fuel and other petroleum product usage among the various military petroleum departments.

Blair passed away in 1998.


1 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in keeping with Blair's arrangement.

Acquisition Information

The Herbert Blair Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by Herbert Blair of Arlington, Virginia on March 10, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Anthony J. Wappel; completed in April 1989.

Updated by Adam Heien to add declassified map.

Herbert Blair Papers
Anthony J. Wappel
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
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Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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