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Helmut Hoelzer Collection

Identifier: MC-163

Content Description

Materials from the life and career of Helmut Hoelzer.


  • Creation: 1936 - 2019


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

Helmut Hoelzer was born on February 27, 1912, in Bad Liebenstein, Germany. He attended the Institute of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany and worked on his master’s degree thesis while working for Telefunken in Berlin. In 1939, Hoelzer was ordered to work at Peenemünde with Wernher von Braun. He worked on rocket development. In 1942, Hoelzer developed an analog computer to calculate the trajectories of V-2 rockets. In 1945, Hoelzer was one of the scientists recruited by the U.S. in Operation Paperclip. He went with von Braun and his team to Fort Bliss, Texas to work for the United States. In 1950, the von Braun team was moved to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, where Hoelzer died on October 12, 1996.


3.25 Linear feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara Hoelzer-Beck, 2019.

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