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Holm Hinrichs Collection

Identifier: MC-89

Scope and Contents

Photographs, awards, correspondence, employee records, personal memorabilia, directories, meetings, organization recordsm discussions, Hinrichs' resume, miscellaneous Saturn V artifacts, a magazine.


  • Creation: 1951 - 1992


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

Holm Hinrichs was born on January 19, 1923 in Hildesheim, Germany. His mother, Inge Iwerson, was a graduate of the Bauhaus School of Design in Dessau, and his father, Hans Georg Hinrichs, was a Lieutenant in the Navy at Wilhelmshaven. In 1931, his father came to America to join an uncle in the Hinrichs Foundry & Brooklyn Vault Light Company and live in Port Washington, NY, where Holm attended high school. His studies at Cornell were interrupted when he served three years with the 3rd Combat Engineers in WWII in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. Holm completed degrees in chemistry and mathematical physics at Siena College in Albany, NY.

In the spring of 1951, Holm came to Huntsville, AL to start what would become a distinguished 44-year career with Redstone Arsenal. Primarily involved in testing and evaluation of missile systems and propulsion, he interfaced with Thiokol and Roam & Haas, and he served as the Project Manager in charge of the Nike Hercules program, the Army liaison to the Jet Propulsion Lab in California, and the Director of the Propulsion Lab. During his many years of service in support of Army Missile Systems, Mr. Hinrichs was repeatedly recognized for exceptional performance.

After the death of his wife Margaret Klinkhamer in 2004, he married Patricia Dreger, symphony flutist and widow of Alvin Dreger, cellist, in 2006. He passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife, Patricia, by his side on May 15, 2015.

The above is an edited version of Holm Hinrichs’ obituary, which may be found in its entirety here.


1.5 Linear feet (3 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patricia H. Hinrichs, 2015.

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.

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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