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Walter Dankhoff Collection

Identifier: MC-14
Packets, papers, PowerPoints, binders, emails, folders, a fold out, and books pertaining to Dankhoff and various space subjects.


  • 1959 - 2007


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 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Walter Frank Dankhoff was born to Walter H. Dankhoff and Ada Delair Dankhoff on November 20, 1921. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned his master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and served in the United States Navy during the Second World War.

Dankhoff worked for NASA from 1960 to 1987, earning the title of Director of Energies. During his time at NASA, he worked on the Aerojet M-1 rocket engine project, authoring the technical memorandum for said engine; the M-1 was the most powerful liquid-hydrogen-fueled liquid-fuel rocket engine to be designed and component-tested, but it was unfortunately cancelled.

After Dankhoff retired from NASA, he joined the Space Propulsion Synergy Team (SPST), an organization dedicated to “‘bridge[ing] the communication gap’ between technology developers and users;” Dankoff helped author multiple papers for the organization and remained an active member until 2006.

Dankhoff died on December 12, 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Walter Dankoff, 2004.

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.
Logan Cannan
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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