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Helmuth Pfaff Collection

Identifier: MC-55

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs collected by Helmuth Pfaff during his work at the Marshall Space Flight Center.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1950 - 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.

Biographical / Historical

Helmuth M. Pfaff was born on August 5, 1906 in Ludwigeburg, Germany. He was employed at Technische Hochschule, Darmstadt from 1946 to 1947, and at Eucom Engineering School from 1947 to 1950. Mr. Pfaff was part of the Wernher von Braun rocket team. He worked for the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in the Guidance and Control Division and later the Astronics Lab. While working at Marshall Space Flight Center, he got a patent for the swivel support for gas bearings. He served as a deputy chief of Electromechanical Engineering Division, Astronomics Laboratory before his retirement in 1971. Mr. Pfaff died on November 26, 1984 in Huntsville, Alabama. After his death, his wife, Ilse, moved to England to be near their daughter, Barbara.


0.25 Linear foot (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ilse Pfaff, 2010.

Melissa Roberts
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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