Guide to the Deutsches Raketen- und Raumfahrt Museum e. V. Records, 1942-1969

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Guide to the Deutsches Raketen- und Raumfahrt Museum e. V. Records, 1942-1969

Collection number: M0718

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Jason Apuzzo and Tim Noakes
Date Completed:
1995 Nov.
Encoded by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 2002 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Deutsches Raketen- und Raumfahrt Museum e. V. Records,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1969
Collection number: M0718
Creator: Deutsches Raketen- und Raumfahrt Museum e. V.
Extent: 4.25 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: The collection includes correspondence, essays, financial records, official reports, designs and other illustrations. Also included are papers concerning the earlier Gesellschaft für Weltraumforschung as well as personal papers of Alfred Fritz dating from the late 1940s.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1994

Preferred Citation

Deutsches Raketen- und Raumfahrt Museum e. V. Records. M0718. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Historical Note

The collection includes papers and illustrations concerning the planned Deutsches Raketen- und Raumfahrtmuseum e.V. The museum was intended to gather and display technical and literary materials (both historical and contemporary) relevent to studies in astronautics. It was also intended to promote such studies through educational programs on both the contemporary state of rocket-technology and the early stages of space travel. The attempt to establish a permanent museum in Stuttgart extended from 1954 to the early 1960's. The museum was to have been an outgrowth of the Gesellschaft fur Weltraumforschung, founded in Stuttgart in 1948. Both the museum and its predecessor were members of the International Astroautical Federation. Among the museum's holdings were an A-4 rocket (v-2), the rocket chamber and gas chamber of the "Veronique," a nose cone and instrumentation of an "Äerobee," as well as post-war technical, scientific, and rocket-related literature by Stoelzel, Mohr, the Deutsche Raketengesellschaft für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt. During the late 1950's and the early 1960's the museum held at least 12 exhibitions. The museum also cooperated with Columbia-Morningside in the filming of the Wernher von Braun Story.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection primarily conains correspondence conducted worldwide concerning the planned museum. Almost all correspondence involves Alfred Fritz, the museum's founder, managing director, and preeminent figure. The correspondence concerns such matters as conference and membership in various space- and rocket- societies. Other materials include essays, financial records, handwritten manuscripts, and official reports, designs, and illustrations. Also included are papers concerning the earlier Gesellschaft für Weltraumforschung as well as handwritten manuscripts and other personal effects of Alfred Fritz dating from the early 1940's. The collection is of value to those interested in the reception and development of post-war German research in space-travel.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Fritz, Alfred.
American Astronautical Society.
American Rocket Society.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft fèur Raumfahrtforschung.
Bell Aircraft Corporation/Bell Aerosystems Company.
British Interplanetary Society.
Forschungsinstitut fèur Physik der Strahlantriebe.
International Astronautical Federation.
The Glenn L. Martin Company.
von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.
Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft fèur Luft und Raumfahrt.
Aeronautics.
Rocketry.
Science--History--Germany.
Space ships.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Institutional Correspondence, ca. 1955-1965

Box 1, Folder 1

American Astronautical Society

Box 1, Folder 2

American Rocket Society

Box 1, Folder 3

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Raumfahrtforschung

Box 1, Folder 4

Bell Aircraft Corporation/Bell Aerosystems Company

Box 1, Folder 5

British Interplanetary Society

Box 1, Folder 6

Danish Interplanetary Society

Box 1, Folder 7

Forschungsinstitut für Physik der Strahlantriebe

Box 1, Folder 8

International Astronautical Federation

Box 1, Folder 9

The Glenn L. Martin Company

Box 1, Folder 10

Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Box 1, Folder 11

Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Luft und Raumfahrt

Box 1, Folder 12

Misc. international institutional correspondence

Box 1, Folder 13

Misc. international institutional correspondence

Box 1, Folder 14

Misc. international institutional correspondence

Box 1, Folder 15

Misc. international institutional correspondence

 

Series 2. Museum Documents, ca. 1955-1961

Box 2, Folder 1

Museum's official papers, reports

Box 2, Folder 2

Museum's official papers, reports

Box 2, Folder 3

Museum's official papers, reports

Box 2, Folder 4

Museum's official papers, reports

Box 2, Folder 5

Museum's official papers, reports

Box 2, Folder 6

Museum's official papers, reports

Box 2, Folder 7

Museum's official papers, reports

Box 3, Folder 1

Report on opening of Gesellschaft für Weltraumforschung (1950)

Box 3, Folder 2

Notes, sketches and ground plan for proposed museum

Box 3, Folder 3

Extended memorandum on museum design and purpose

Box 3, Folder 4

Information on DGRR library holdings

Box 3, Folder 5

Satellite-date collection project of 1958-59

 

Series 3. Alfred Fritz, personal papers, ca. 1942-1950

Box 3, Folder 6

Alfred Fritz, personal papers

Box 3, Folder 7

Alfred Fritz, personal papers

Box 3, Folder 8

Alfred Fritz, personal papers

Box 3, Folder 9

Alfred Fritz, personal papers, manuscript of Fritz's novel, Urwald

Box 3, Folder 10

Alfred Fritz, personal papers, manuscript of Fritz's novel, Urwald

 

Series 4. Deutshes Raketen- und Raumfahrt Museum

Box 3, Folder 11

Alfred Fritz, personal papers

Box 3, Folder 12

Alfred Fritz, personal papers

Box 4, Folder 1

Alfred Fritz, pre-DGRR correspondence, ca. 1948-1950

Box 4, Folder 2

Alfred Fritz, pre-DGRR correspondence, ca. 1948-1950

Box 4, Folder 3

Alfred Fritz, pre-DGRR correspondence, ca. 1948-1950

Box 4, Folder 4

Alfred Fritz, pre-DGRR correspondence, ca. 1948-1950

Box 5

Notes/Diagrams/Photographs/correspondence

Box 6

Minor Illustrations (w/ listing)

Box 7, Folder 1

Technical Manuscripts (Radar), class notes and diagrams, ca. 1935-36

 

Series 5. Financial Records, ca. 1953-1957

Box 7, Folder 2

DGRR holdings in foreign accounts, 1953-1957

Box 7, Folder 3

DGRR, 1956

Box 7, Folder 4

DGRR, 1956

Box 7, Folder 5

DGRR, 1956-57

Box 7, Folder 6

DGRR, 1956-57

Box 7, Folder 7

DGRR, 1955

Box 7, Folder 8

DGRR, 1955

Box 8, Folder 1

Kassenbuch, 1957: "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Raketentechnic und Raumfahrt"

Box 8, Folder 2

Kassenbuch, 1955-56: "Gesellschaft für Weltraumforschung E.V. Stuttgart Zuffenhausen"

Box 9, Folder 1

Miscellaneous pamphlets, catalogues, and brochures of items selected for the Museum, i.e. bookshelves, storage containers, cameras, etc.

Box 9, Folder 2

Miscellaneous pamphlets, catalogues, and brochures of items selected for the Museum, i.e. bookshelves, storage containers, cameras, etc.

Box 9, Folder 3

Miscellaneous pamphlets, catalogues, and brochures of items selected for the Museum, i.e. bookshelves, storage containers, cameras, etc.

Box 9, Folder 4

Miscellaneous pamphlets, catalogues, and brochures of items selected for the Museum, i.e. bookshelves, storage containers, cameras, etc.

Box 9, Folder 5

Miscellaneous pamphlets, catalogues, and brochures of items selected for the Museum, i.e. bookshelves, storage containers, cameras, etc.

 

Series 6. Major Illustrations

Map Case mc

Blank poster with blue background and large, stylized rocket insignia (insignia of the DGRR) on left side; right side free for entries concerning lectures, events, conferences, etc.; ca. 1955

Map Case mc

Distance chart concerning trajectory of a moon flight.

Map Case mc

Original drawing on transparent paper of a space suit, as designed by H. Oberth (with attached description); Stuttgart, 1942.

Map Case mc

Three (3) architectural plans in brown print on strong paper, and one (1) frontal-view rendering of the planned museum in Stuttgart; architect Max Benndorf, 1952

Map Case mc

Two (2) designs on transparent paper of 3-stage rocket and space-station; designed by Wernher von Braun; scale 1:200; Stuttgart, 1969