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Dr. Gerhard Reisig Collection

Identifier: MC-24
This collection consists of two large parts, one half being Dr. Reisig's personal papers and notes, and the second half being a collection of books kept by Dr. Reisig. Alongside this there are also a handful of artifacts and maps.


  • 2005-09-06


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives and 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.


48 Linear Feet (122 binders and 56 boxes.)

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Gerhard Reisig was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1910 and died in Moorhead, Minnesota in 2005. Reisig attended the Nikolaischule through high school. He received his engineering degree from the Technical University in Dresden, Germany, and he later earned his doctorate in engineering from the University of Braunschweig, Germany.

After working for the Siemens Co. in Berlin for several years, Reisig joined the Wernher von Braun rocket team in Peenemuende, Germany. Brought to the United States through Operation Paperclip, Reisig moved with the team to El Paso, Texas in 1946 and then to Huntsville, Alabama in 1951. He first worked at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, then at the Marshall Space Flight Center, remaining with the rocket team until his retirement.

After retiring, Reisig taught for a year at Concordia College in Moorhead as a visiting professor of physics. He continued working on various projects and authored a comprehensive history of rocket technology. Reisig regularly participated in space-related meetings and gave lectures, and he maintained contact with scientists in many countries. Dr. Reisig is the author of "Raketenforschung in Deutschland."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Gerhard Reisig and the Reisig family, 2005.

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, David Hanning
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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