Guide to the Get Oil Out! (GOO!) collection SBHC Mss 10

Preliminary arrangement and description by Special Collections staff; latest revision D. Tambo; 2016 addition arranged and described by Wyatt Young, 2017.
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara 93106-9010
2016, 2017

Title: Get Oil Out! (GOO!) collection
Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 10
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 36.2 linear feet (75 document boxes, 4 flat oversize boxes)
Creator: Get Oil Out!
Date (inclusive): 1969-2014
Abstract: Office files (bylaws, minutes, fundraising, publications, newsletters), governmental action, legal, and subject files, mainly pertaining to efforts to contain and monitor oil industry off coast of Santa Barbara, especially in the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.
Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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], Get Oil Out! (GOO!) Collection, SBHC Mss 10. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Multiple donations by GOO!, ca. 1989, 1994, 2016.

Scope and Content

The collection primarily contains files on oil-related issues stemming from the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill. Materials are grouped into the following series:


  1. Government Action/Response (Boxes 1-15) - local, state, federal, including hearings, reports, and legislation.
  2. Lawsuits/Legal Action (Boxes 16-20) - mainly court records and related material re lawsuits GOO was involved in or was monitoring.
  3. Office Files (Boxes 21-27) - including bylaws, minutes, fundraising, mailings, membership, newsletters, and publications.
  4. Subject Files (Boxes 28-71) - the largest part of the collection, arranged alphabetically.
  5. 2016 Addition (Boxes 72-76) - GOO! Office files and historical photographs (prints and slides), mainly of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.
Published materials, such as Environmental Impact Reports, have been transferred to the UCSB Libraries Government Information Center (GIC). They have been cataloged and may be searched in the UCSB Libraries online catalog.
This collection has received preliminary processing only. A brief container list is available.

Related Collections at UCSB Library Special Research Collections

List of Collections

  1. California Coastal Commission Collection (SBHC Mss 39)
  2. George Clyde Scrapbooks (SBHC Mss 53)
  3. County Resource Management Office (CRMO) Collection (SBHC Mss 25)
  4. Robert O. Easton Collection (SBHC Mss 6)
  5. Oil Spill Information Center (OSIC) Collection (SBHC Mss 11)
  6. William Whitehill Rand Papers (SBHC Mss 46)
  7. Ruth Saadi Collection (SBHC Mss 14)
  8. Santa Barbara Oil Spill Scrapbook (SBHC Mss 52)
  9. Robert C. Sharp Collection (SBHC Mss 7)
  10. Robert Sollen Collection (SBHC Mss 33)
  11. Harriette Von Breton Papers (SBHC Mss 8)
  12. Weigand, et al, v. County, et al (Channel Island Drilling) Collection (SBHC Mss 31)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Offshore oil industry -- Government policy -- California -- Santa Barbara Channel
Offshore oil and gas leases -- California -- Santa Barbara Channel
Oil spills -- California -- Santa Barbara Channel
Environmental policy -- California -- Santa Barbara Channel
Environmental justice
Administrative records
Organization files
Publications (documents)
Records (documents)
Get Oil Out! -- Archives

box 1-15

Government Action / Response

Scope and Contents note

Local, state, federal; includes hearings, reports, legislation
box 16-20

Lawsuits / Legal Action

Scope and Contents note

Mainly court records and related material re lawsuits GOO was involved in or was monitoring
box 21-27

Office Files

Scope and Contents note

Incl. bylaws, minutes, fundraising, mailings, membership, newsletters, publications

Subject Files

box 28-30

A (incl. air quality, Alaska pipeline)

box 31-33


box 34-35

B-C (incl. blowout report, Burmah Oil and Gas, Channel oil activities, Coastal Commission, Coastal Plan, coastal protection)

box 36-38


box 39


box 40-43


box 44

F-I (incl. initiatives)

box 45-46

J-L (incl. Japan, Korea, LNG, Local Coastal Plan, Los Padres National Forest)

box 47-48

M (incl. maps, marine sanctuary, marine terminal facilities)

box 48-49

N (incl. natural gas, natural seeps, North Sea oil, Norway)

box 49

O (incl. Oceanic Society)

box 50-51

OCS (Outer Continental Shelf)

box 52-54

Offshore (incl. Alabama, California, and other countries such as Australia, China, Japan)



box 55-56

A-M (incl. depletion allowances, export laws, fact sheets, imports)

box 56-57

O (incl. oil projects, oil reserves, oil sands, oil shale, ordinances)

box 58

S-T (incl. shortages, sources, supply, tax)

box 59


box 60-63

P (incl. Phillips PRC, pipelines, Planning Commission, platforms, policy, politics)

box 64

R (incl. recycling, refineries, refining)

box 65-68

S (incl. Santa Barbara Oil Spill, Save Our Shores, seismic survey, Lois Sidenberg, Robert Sollen, South Coast Consolidation, speeches, Standard, State Oil and Gas Board, Stearns Wharf, superports, supertankers)

box 68

T (incl. tankers and tanker traffic, tar on beaches, Texaco pipeline, toxic waste, Katherine Tremaine)

box 69-70

U (incl. Unocal, US Coast Guard, USGS)

box 71

V-Z (incl. Vandenberg AFB, vessel traffic, wastewater use for oil production, water resources, wilderness areas leasing)


2016 Addition

Scope and Content

This addition contains office files, comprising newsletters, mailers, mission statement and outreach documents, clippings and scrapbooks, correspondence, board minutes, as well historical photographs (prints and slides) of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Included in this series is a collection of 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill photographs taken by Santa Barbara area writer and conservationist Dick Smith (1920-1977).
box 72-73

Office Files 1969-2014

Scope and Content

Materials include correspondence, clippings and cartoons relating to the oil spill, Board of Directors platform, policy and mission statements, mailers, and petitions, newsletters, congressional and city (Goleta) certificates of recognition, Un-Oil Stock (novelty mock-up shares), song sheets, anniversary and celebratory materials, Davey and the Giant Oil Monster children's book mock-up, by Bud Bottoms.
box 72, folder 1

Geology of Platform A blowout 1969

box 72, folder 2

City of Goleta, Certificate of Special Recognition 2009 January 30

box 72, folder 3

Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition, signed by Lois Capps 1999 January 30

box 72, folder 4

County of Santa Barbara Certificate of Recognition 2014 August 6

box 72, folder 5

Davey and the Giant Oil Monster, by Bud Bottoms circa 1990s

box 72, folder 6

GOO! Air Force 1969-1970

box 72, folder 7

Anniversary and celebratory materials

box 72, folder 8

Policy statements

box 72, folder 9

GOO! mission statement, bylaws, fundraising and outreach

box 72, folder 10

GOO! Newsletter 1995-1997

box 72, folder 11

GOO! Newseltter 1996-1997

box 72, folder 12

Petitions and mailers

box 72, folder 13

Platform planks and flyers 1972-2004

box 72, folder 14

Song sheets

box 72, folder 15

Point Conception preservation reports clippings and letters regarding oil

box 72, folder 16

Un-Oil stock (novelty mock-up share)

box 73, folder 1

Cartoons related to the oil spill circa 1969

box 73, folder 2

Clippings (oil spill, Unocal)

box 73, folder 3

Unfiled correspondence, legal material, and Board of Directors material


Photographs approximately 1969-2000s

Scope and Content

Oil spill aftermath, clean up, and demonstrations
box 74, folder 1-8

35mm slides

box 74, folder 10-11



Scrapbooks circa 1969

Physical Description: Ring-bound, 24" high x 18" wide

Scope and Content

Two large scrapbooks containing clippings from the Santa Barbara News-Press covering the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.
flat-oversize 78

Scrapbook 1

flat-oversize 79

Scrapbook 2


Dick Smith

creator: Smith, Dick

Scope and Content

Photographs taken by Dick Smith (1920-1977) of the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, including aerial photographs, clean up crews on Santa Barbara beaches (Santa Barbara News Press), oil covered animals, including bird and sea Lions, oil derricks from the channel, coastlines, and other photographs attributed to Dick Smith (Santa Barbara News Press)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photographs separated from the Dick Smith Collection (SBHC Mss 56).
box 77

Oil spill aftermath photographs 1969

flat-oversize 75, 76

Oil spill aftermath photographs (oversize) 1969