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Peter H. Sera papers

Identifier: MS2183

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains records for Satellite Business Systems (SBS) including business interactions with other companies such as IBM, Texas Instruments, and Southwestern Bell, among others. The collection contains correspondence, conference materials, reports, and technical publications, as well as material about other devices and technological systems dating from 1964-1986. There are also files related to Mr. Sera's time with other companies including Ryder Systems and NL Industries, including documents pertaining to telecommunications and corporate Centrex.


  • 1964-1986

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

Peter H. Sera, born in 1937, was a lieutenant colonel in the United State Marine Corps from 1960-1987. He was transferred from active duty to reserve status in 1964, at which point he pursued work in the fields of computers, telecommunications, and industrial management with IBM, AT&T, NL Industries, Ryder Systems, and Satellite Broadcasting Systems (SBS), amongst others. He worked in many areas throughout his career including sales, consulting, systems analysis and planning assignments. Most significantly he served as a program manager at SBS from 1980-1986 and was involved with carrier relations, configuration-database management, business planning, and systems implementation of satellite based networks and services.

The highlights of his career include placing communication satellites, as well as Space Station Freedom (now known as the International Space Station) into orbit.


16.5 Linear Feet

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This collection was donated by Peter H. Sera in 1990 and contains material pertaining to telecommunications and satellite broadcasting from 1964-1989.


Organized into 4 series: Satellite Business Systems; NL Industries, Telecommunications Division; Other Companies; and Technology: Devices and Systems

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peter H. Sera, 1990 [1990.002]. Given with the purpose of providing research material for the Telecommunications graduate program at GW.


Guide to the Peter H. Sera papers, 1964-1986
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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