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Guide to the Deutsches Raketen- und Raumfahrt Museum e. V. Records, 1942-1969
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Access Terms

  • 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


    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.
    Space ships.