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

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

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: 33.2 linear feet (74 document boxes, 2 flat oversize boxes)
Creator: Get Oil Out
Date (inclusive): circa 1969-1990
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.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special 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

Get Oil Out (GOO) Collection. SBHC Mss 10. Department of Special Collections, Davidson 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 Pegasus, 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

Oil industries -- United States
Environmental justice
Oil and gas leases -- California
Get Oil Out

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 docuemnts, clippings, 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).

Office Files

Box 72

Air Force circa 1969-1970


Anniversary and celebratory materials undated


Board of Directors policy statement 1971


City of Goleta Certificate of Special Recognition 2009-01-30


Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition, signed by Lois Capps 1999-01-30


County of Santa Barbara Certificate of Recognition 2014-08-06


Davey and the Giant Oil Monster, children's book mock-up, author Bud Bottoms circa 1990s


Mission statement and outreach 1999




Newsletters 1995-1997


Newsletters 1996-1997


Petition and postcard mailers circa 1970s


Platform plank 1972-2004


Song Sheet undated


Un-Oil stock (novelty mock-up share), office files, and clippings 1976-1994

Box 73

Political cartoons relating to the oil spill undated


Unfiled clippings (Unocal and oil spill) 1968-1969


Unfiled correspondence, contacts, and board minutes undated



Box 74

Aftermath slides 1969-1979


Animal slides 1969-1979


Facilities slides 1969-1979


Goleta oil spill slides 1969-1979


GOO Michael Lyons photographs undated


GOO slides 1969-1979


GOO solar energy display photographs, Earth Day 1997-04-22


Miscellaneous beach and mountain slides 1969-1979


Miscellaneous oil spill slides 1969-1979


Santa Barbara County slides 1969-1979


Unfiled event (anniversary?) photographs and negatives 1999-05-04-2000-04-16


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photographs separated from the Dick Smith Collection(SBHC Mss 56).
Flat-box 75

Aerial Photograph, Santa Barbara beach 1969


Clean-up crews on Santa Barbara beaches, Santa Barbara News Press 1969


Oil Covered Bird "Frances's Slippers Circa 1941" [1941]


Santa Barbara News Press 1969-02-25


Sea lion photographs, matted circa 1969


Unfiled loose animal and oil photographs [1969]


Unfiled oil derrick and coastline photographs [1969]


Unfiled photographs, attributed to Dick Smith, Santa Barbara News Press I [1969]


Unfiled photographs, attributed to Dick Smith, Santa Barbara News Press II [1969]

Flat-box 76

GOO/Dick Smith Collection (oil spill photographs) I 1969


GOO/Dick Smith Collection (oil spill photographs) II 1969


GOO/Dick Smith Collection (oil spill photographs) III 1969