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Philipp Wolfgang Zettler-Seidel Collection

Identifier: MC-76

Scope and Contents

Documents about Zettler-Seidel, his obituary, a career timeline, "Philipp W. Zettler-Seidel, A Historic Caver and Cave Owner," newspaper clippings, Peenemünde and Kochel technical paper references, land ownership documents.


  • Creation: 1914 - 2002

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.

Biographical / Historical

Philipp Wolfgang Zettler-Seidel (August 1, 1914 to March 19, 2002) attended the University of Leipzig as a "Ph.D. candidate, (physics, mathematics and philosophy)" (Lundquist 222).

He worked in "exterior ballistics and gyroscope technology" at Peenemünde from 1940 to 1944, and then in "wind tunnel technology at Kochel" from 1944 to 1946 (222).

Zettler-Seidel was brought to the United States through Operation Paperclip; he "arrived [on] February 3, 1946 at [the] Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland" (222). In 1952, Zettler-Seidel moved to Huntsville, Alabama; in 1959, he moved to Pennsylvania (222).

"During the later years of his life, he was an assistant professor of physics at the DuBois campus of the Pennsylvania State University" (222).


Lundquist, Charles. "Transplanted Rocket Pioneers," 2015.


0.5 Linear foot (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Lundquist, 2013.

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.

Megan Sullivan
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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