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William August Schulze Collection

Identifier: MC-71
Topics include Schulze family history, A-4 and V-2 rockets, Wernher von Braun and other German rocket scientists, Peenemuende, Old Timers Reunions, and NASA programs.


  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1970


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.


4.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

William August Schulze (November 23, 1905 to November 4, 2001) received his education at Max Byth Ingenieurschule, Berlin, graduating with an engineering doctorate degree in 1935 (Lundquist).

Schulze was a guided missile expert during WWII, and he worked at Peenemünde from 1937 until 1945 (Wade, Lundquist). He was brought to America through Operation Paperclip, and he worked as a member of von Braun's Rocket Team (Wade).

By July 1, 1965, Schulze was employed at the Marshall Space Flight Center. "In the February 1969 MSFC Directory, he is listed in the Propulsion and Vehicle Engineering Lab, Vehicle Systems Div." He retired in 1969 (Lundquist).

Works Cited

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

Wade, Mark. "Schulze, August Wilhelm." Encyclopedia Astronautica,

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bill and Erika Gerth, 2017.

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.
Caroline Gibbons
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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