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Delco Retirees Group collection
SBHC Mss 102  
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content
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  • Separated Material

  • Title: Delco Retirees Group collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 102
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 10.42 linear feet (17 document boxes, 2 flat boxes, 2 cartons, 7 DVDs, 3 videocassettes, 11 film reels)
    Creator: Delco Retirees Group
    Date (inclusive): 1960-2013
    Date (bulk): 1960-1999
    Abstract: This collection consists of materials gathered by members of the Delco Retirees Group, including memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, historical documents, oral histories, and corporate publications, documenting the guidance systems work for NASA's Apollo lunar program that took place at Delco Systems Operations, based in Goleta, California, during the 1960s and 1970s.
    Physical Location: A portion of the collection is located at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research. A portion of the collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Delco Retirees Group collection, SBHC Mss 102. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Jerry B. Compton, 2014.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of materials related to Delco Systems Operations of Goleta, California, AC Spark Plug, and GM, gathered by Delco Retirees Group members. In 1962, GM created the General Motors Research Laboratories, based in Santa Barbara, California, to conduct research and development activities on defense systems. GM Motors Research Laboratories merged into Delco Electronics and was renamed Delco Systems Operations. The company was involved in developing early missile guidance systems during the Cold War, guidance systems for NASA's Apollo lunar program, and systems engineering for the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Many of the items in this collection were generated from this activity. The collection includes organizational charts, brochures, corporate publications, Apollo guidance packets, miscellaneous Apollo documents, oral histories, photographs, artifacts, film, video, and ephemera.


    The collection has been divided into three series: Series 1. Delco, Series 2. AC Spark Plug, and Series 3. General Motors (GM); Series 4. 2019 Accession

    Separated Material

    40 issues of the General Motors Engineering Journal (from, roughly, 1953 to 1966), as well as other published materials, have been separated for cataloging and are accessible through the UC Santa Barbara Library online catalog.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cold War
    Guided missiles -- guidance systems
    Artifacts (object genre)
    Documents (object genre)
    Ephemera (general object genre)
    Film reels
    Oral histories (literary works)
    Organizational chart
    Delco Systems Operations -- Archives
    Delco Retirees Group -- Archives