Scope and Content
Title: Delco Retirees Group collection
Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 102
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
8.42 linear feet
(17 document boxes, 2 flat boxes, 7 DVDs, 3 videocassettes, 11 film reels)
Delco Retirees Group
Date (inclusive): 1960-2013
Date (bulk): 1960-1999
Abstract: Materials gathered by members of the Delco Retirees Group, consisting of memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, historical documents,
oral histories, and corporate publications. This collection documents the guidance systems work for NASA's Apollo lunar program
that took place at Delco Systems Operations of Goleta, California, during the 1960s and 1970s.
A portion of the collection is located at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).
The collection is open for research. A portion of the collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.
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.
[Identification of Item], Delco Retirees Group collection, SBHC Mss 102. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara
Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gift of Jerry B. Compton, 2014.
Scope and Content
The collection contains 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.
Many of the items in this collection were generated from this activity. The collection includes organizational charts, brochures,
corporate publications, Apollo 17 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
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
Guided missiles -- guidance systems
Artifacts (object genre)
Documents (object genre)
Ephemera (general object genre)
Oral histories (literary works)
Delco Systems Operations -- Archives
Delco Retirees Group -- Archives