Aaronson, Alfred E. | 1975

  • Birth and Death Year | 1893-1993
  • Induction Year | 1975
  • Profession | Oilman
  • Oklahoma Connection | Aaronson came to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1913.
  • Hometown | Tulsa


“Our needs were modest. My wife and I decided we would devote ourselves to things that were crying for people to take an interest in.” - Alfred Aaronson, 1957

Fun Fact

Alfred E. Aaronson played a key role in establishing the Tulsa County Library System. He was also the architect of the campaign which saved the famous Gilcrease Collection for the city of Tulsa.


Alfred E. Aaronson was born in New York City and attended Townsend Hall of City College of New York and took extension courses from Columbia University. In 1913 he came to Tulsa and founded Mid-Co Petroleum Company and Tuloma Oil Company. He was the first president of the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art (1956-1968) and was the organizer and director of the Tulsa County Historical Society in 1962. He received the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, as well as the Tulsa Urban League Award.