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Walter W. Jacobi Collection

Identifier: MC-66
The Walter W. Jacobi collection includes subjects on numerous Rockets including the A4/V2, Redstone Rocket, Saturn/Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle), and reference materials. The collection contains 5 Series. The series are as follows: Series 1 Personnel Files, Series 2 Technical Papers, Series 3 Documents, Series 4 Photos, and Series 5 Artifacts.


  • 1922 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.


9.25 Linear Feet (9 boxes + 1 oversize box.)

Biographical / Historical

Walter W. Jacobi was born on January 13, 1918 in Saalfeld, Germany. On November 16, 1946, Jacobi arrived in the United States under Operation Paperclip with a group of 118 fellow scientists in Dr. Wernher von Braun’s team.

The Paperclips started to work for the War Department of the United States at Fort Bliss, Texas, in White Sands, New Mexico, and finally in Huntsville, Alabama in 1950. The team continued to work on their rocket research, which culminated in the Apollo/Saturn Program and man landing on the moon in 1969.

Jacobi spent his entire career with NASA; even in retirement, he followed the events and projects at NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Jacobi passed away on August 19, 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr.-Ing. Martin Rott, 2011.

Existence and Location of Copies

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.
Anne Coleman, Monika Sayar, Andrew Tucker
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America