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J. Robert Beyster Papers at UCSD Special Collections

Processing has begun! [From left: Mary Ann Beyster (FED), Bianca Helm (FED), Kim Schwenk (Archivist), Laurel Dougherty (UCSD), Lynda Claassen (UCSD)]

The J.R. Beyster papers constitute over fifty years of documents demonstrating the vision, entrepreneurship, and nationally important innovations of J.R. Beyster and of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), as a San Diego based and privately-held, employee-owned company.

We are pleased to announce that we have embarked on the year-long processing of these papers, and are excited about what we have found already! This collection will be available at Special Collections & Archives at UC San Diego Library in 2017 and more updates will be provided along the way.

This Collection is a historical preservation of the technological, managerial, and employee-ownership innovations of Dr. Beyster and SAIC. FED and the Beyster Family are excited about working with Leidos and UCSD, a global education leader, on this first phase of archiving. Our goal is for educators and researcher to have access to this unique source on San Diego business, scientific ingenuity of national and global impact, and employee-owner enabled entrepreneurial practices so that others may build off of the learnings of Dr. Beyster and SAIC.

More about Dr. Beyster here


We would like to thanks Leidos and UCSD Special Collections & Archives, with special thanks to:

  • From Leidos: Ryan Pohl, Kristy Heller, LaFayette “Jay” Atkinson, Randy Welch, Rae Kligys, and Chris Buffoni
  • From UCSD: Lynda Claassen and Laurel Dougherty
  • Archivist and Phase I Processor: Kimberly Schwenk
A lot of good material to process
The collection has many treasures, including Dr. Beyster’s original notebooks from his UMICH days

The collection captures 50 years of history

Kim and Kristy hard at work

Betty Beyster signs the deed of gift with Jim, Mary Ann, and Baxter (her dog)

Academic Research

The FED sponsors inter-disciplinary research focused on how broad-based ownership models motivate employees, improves firm performance, advances innovation, and supports economic development.