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Space artifact or Nazi weapon? Displaying the Smithsonian's V-2 missile, 1976-2011

Author:
DeVorkin, David H  Search this
Co-author:
Neufeld, Michael J. 1951-  Search this
Subject:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Astronautics  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages: 9; Page numbers : 187-195
Place:
Germany
Date:
2011
Topic:
Rocketry  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
V2 Rocket  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Controversies  Search this
Publisher:
Amsterdam: Elsevier
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13445

Joseph Henry Appointed to Permanent Commission of the Navy

Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
United States Dept. of the Navy  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Permanent Commission of the Navy  Search this
Place:
United States
Date:
February 20, 1863
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
Inventions  Search this
Weapons  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
Ships  Search this
Signals and signaling  Search this
Wartime Activities  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12555

Boris E. Chertok Papers

Creator:
Chertok, Boris E.  Search this
Extent:
3.15 Cubic feet ((7 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Place:
Soviet Union
Outer space -- Exploration -- Soviet Union
Date:
bulk 1945-1992
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 51 of Boris E. Chertok's diaries, covering the years from 1945 to 1988. The diaries, all in Russian, are handwritten and are in small notebooks of various sizes and types. Some of the diaries have loose pages or loose covers and each diary has a paper cover note pasted to the outside of the notebook. The 1945 diary contains Chertok's notes on the examination of German rockets and sites in Germany. The collection also contains the envelopes, with notes in Russian, that the diaries came in. Finally, the collection contains a manuscript draft of Chertok's autobiography, Rockets and People, in Russian. The manuscript is largely handwritten, but contains some typewritten pages.
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. Boris E. Chertok is a former Soviet rocket engineer whose early work included designing the first Soviet aircraft with a rocket engine, and collaboration with the designer of the Katyusha rocket. During World War II, Chertok worked on developing Soviet heavy bombers and on rocket technology. In 1945, Dr. Chertok founded the Rabi Institute in which was appointed by Joseph Stalin to be the organization responsible for assimilating World War II German rocket technology. Chertok was assigned to Sergei Korolev's NII-88 institute in August 1946 and was named Deputy Chief Designer in 1956, a position he would hold with that bureau and its successors until his retirement in 1992. During the Cold War, Chertok worked on the control systems for the SS-6 Missile (R-7, Sapwood) and the Vostok, Voskhod, and Soyuz spacecraft programs. In the 1990s, Chertok published his autobiography, Rockets and People. After leaving the reorganized Energia enterprise in 1992, Chertok worked remained active as a professor in Moscow.
Provenance:
Boris Chertok, Purchase, Purchased by NASM and Arthur M. Dula in 1997, transferred from the Space History Department to the Archives in 2009
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Vostok (manned satellite)  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance) -- Soviet Union  Search this
SS-6 Missile (R-7, Sapwood)  Search this
Soyuz Program (Russia)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Citation:
Boris E. Chertok Papers, Accession 2009-0036, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2009.0036
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2bff0ba4a-d82f-4c62-9b5a-02783ccce734
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2009-0036

Captured German Documents (World War II): Fort Eustis Library (FE) Microfilm

Creator:
United States. Army. Ordnance Department. Ordnance Research and Development Translation Center  Search this
Extent:
3.4 Cubic feet (17 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilms
Date:
bulk 1938-1945
Summary:
This collection consists of microfilm copies of documents relating to research and development work conducted by the Ordnance Office of the German Army at the research station at Peenemünde, as well as document listings and indexes of those documents prepared by United States Army's Ordnance Research and Development Translation Center at Fort Eustis, VA.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of an original and use copy of the Accession List (5 volumes each), as well as Author and Subject Indexes to Volumes I through III of the Accession List, and 71 rolls of 35mm microfilm of FE documents from the Fort Eustis library.
Arrangement:
Series 1 consists of printed copies of the listings and indexes compiled by the Ordnance Research and Development Translation Center at Fort Eustis, with use-copy photocopies filed as a group before the original documents, which were printed on fragile wood-pulp paper. Entries in the Accession List are organized by a unique subject classification numbering system which is explained in the Subject Index to Volumes I, II, and III. Each entry in the Accession List provides both the original German and a translated English title for the document, publication information, an abstract, and lists the document (ARCH or FE) number.



Series 2 consists of 71 rolls of microfilmed documents. Unfortunately there is no organizing principle to the FE document microfilm, or any such organization has been lost, although most documents are separated by blank frames on the microfilm.



Not all of the FE-numbered material in the Accession List was microfilmed. The original documents were returned to Germany in the 1950s and divided between the Deutsches Museum in Munich and the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz. For more specific information on the original FE documents, as well as on other archival materials relating to the work at Peenemünde, see Michael J. Neufeld, The Rocket and the Reich: Peeneünde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era (New York: Free Press, 1995). For ARCH-numbered material held by the National Air and Space Museum, see Captured German/Japanese Air Technical Documents: Peenemünde Guided Missile (PGM) Microfilm (one series of Accession NASM.XXXX.0431).
Biographical / Historical:
At the end of World War II the Allies captured a large volume of documents relating to research and development work conducted by the Ordnance Office of the German Army, including work done at the research station at Peenemünde. The material was made available to ordnance personnel and contractors to aid US research efforts and a portion was housed in a library at Fort Eustis, VA. Most of the material in the Fort Eustis library was identified by the original Peenemünde Archiv ("ARCH") number; documents not having such numbers were arbitrarily assigned Fort Eustis Library ("FE") numbers. For wider accessibility, portions of the FE material were microfilmed by the Army, while part of the ARCH material was separately microfilmed by the Navy as the Peenemünde Guided Missile (PGM) microfilm. In addition, the Ordnance Research and Development Translation Center at Fort Eustis utilized a number of qualified German Prisoners of War to review and abstract all of the library material. From these abstracts the Ordnance Department prepared a multi-volume Accession List of German Documents Pertaining to Guided Missiles, which included over 3200 documents housed in the Fort Eustis library, including both FE and ARCH documents.
Provenance:
Unknown, from Fort Eustis?, Gift, Unknown, NASM.XXXX.0468
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Ballistic missiles  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
V-2 rocket  Search this
V-1 rocket  Search this
Genre/Form:
Microfilms
Citation:
Captured German Documents (World War II): Fort Eustis Library (FE) Microfilm, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0468, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0468
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg234a0f6af-d7e7-4539-af6b-c0fbb65e0e49
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0468

Donald J. Ritchie Collection

Creator:
Ritchie, Donald Jeanne, 1920-  Search this
Names:
Bendix Aviation Corp. Research Laboratory Division  Search this
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Air Force. Systems Command. Foreign Technology Division  Search this
Ritchie, Donald Jeanne, 1920-  Search this
Extent:
13.08 Cubic feet (12 records center boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Reports
Publications
Drawings
Photographs
Clippings
Date:
1955-1976
bulk 1960-1970
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of Ritchie's research files. The material consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, photos, drawings, and Soviet books detailing Russian missile and rocket development during the 1960s. The collection also includes copies of Ritchie's reports during his tenure at Bendix and manuscripts of various chapters of his book 'Rocket and Missile Systems Development in the Soviet Union.
Biographical / Historical:
Donald Jeanne Ritchie (1920- ) is a mathematician and physicist who has been active in missile guidance system design and development and in arms control and disarmament studies. He began work as a production engineer at Bell Aircraft Corp (1940-42) before joining the Design Branch of Wright Air Development Center, Wright Field, OH (1942-45), where he participated in preliminary design work on jet aircraft. Following World War II, he attended Wayne University, completing degrees in Mathematics and Physics (BS, 1949) and Applied Mathematics (MS, 1951). He spent most of the next two decades at Bendix's Research Laboratory Division (Senior Mathematician, 1949-54; Project Engineer, 1955-57; Supervisory Mathematician, 1958-65; Assistant Department Head, Surveillance, Navigation, and Guidance, 1965-67) working on missile systems. He spent several brief periods outside Bendix, at Atomic Power Development Associates (Senior Mathematician, 1954-55), Crosley Division, Avco Manufacturing Co (Supervisor, Missile Systems, 1957), and Corvy Division, Melpar Inc, Scientific Analysis Office (Branch Leader, 1957-58). He then joined the faculty of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (now Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) as Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Director of Research, and Chairman of the Aeronautical Engineering Division (1967-?). During this time he also worked as a consultant to the United States Air Force Foreign Technical Intelligence Division and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Baron von Ritchie?, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0088, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Rockets (Ordnance) -- Soviet Union  Search this
Aeronautics, Military -- Research  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Guidance systems  Search this
Ballistic missiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Reports
Publications
Drawings
Photographs
Clippings
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0088
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg29d2da3ac-d998-4c6c-8e03-b12cc1f6ddc6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0088

The details of the rocket system, drawn up by Colonel Congreve

Author:
Congreve, William Sir 1772-1828  Search this
Physical description:
43 p. illus., pl., diagr. 23 x 31 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
N.d.]
Topic:
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
Call number:
UF767 .C74d 1814al
UF767.C74d 1814al
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_160530

The rocket book / by Peter Newell

Author:
Newell, Peter 1862-1924  Search this
Former owner:
Goldman, Elinor DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[47] p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Juvenile fiction
Specimens
Stories in rhyme
Date:
1912
C1912
Topic:
Fireworks  Search this
Toy and movable books  Search this
Apartment houses  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
Call number:
PZ8.3.N46 Ro8X 1912
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_550909

Rockets and missiles of Vandenberg AFB

Title:
Rockets & missiles of Vandenberg Air Force Base
Rockets and missiles of Vandenberg Air Force Base
Author:
Page, Joseph T. II  Search this
Physical description:
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Vandenberg Air Force Base
Vandenberg Air Force Base (Calif.)
Date:
2019
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Ballistic missiles  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104180

Dora Project / edited by Françoise Dupré

Editor:
Dupré, Françoise  Search this
Subject:
Dora (Concentration camp)  Search this
Physical description:
48 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour) ; 35 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
2016
Topic:
Rockets (Ordnance)--History  Search this
V-1 bomb  Search this
V-2 rocket  Search this
Call number:
D805.G3 D67 2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092391

Das Gerät A4, Baureihe B : Gerätbeschreibung vom 1.2.45

Author:
Germany Heer Heereswaffenamt Amtsgruppe für Entwicklung und Prüfung  Search this
Physical description:
231 [i.e. 158] leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Date:
1945
1945?]
Topic:
Surface-to-surface missiles  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
Call number:
UF767 .G35 1945
UF767.G35 1945
Restrictions & Rights:
"Geheime Kommandoisache"; Restricted.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_311979

BOMARC service news

Author:
Boeing Airplane Company Pilotless Aircraft Division  Search this
Boeing Airplane Company Aero-space Division  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. (some col.), plans, ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1959
1959-
Topic:
Rockets (Ordnance)--Periodicals  Search this
BOMARC missiles--Maintenance and repair--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
TL780 .B695
TL780.B695
Restrictions & Rights:
"Not for public release".
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_379246

Thunder over the horizon : from V-2 rockets to ballistic missiles / Clayton K.S. Chun

Author:
Chun, Clayton K. S  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 221 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2006
Topic:
Rocketry--History  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)--History  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)--History  Search this
Guided missiles--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813035

Von Braun : dreamer of space, engineer of war / by Michael J. Neufeld

Author:
Neufeld, Michael J. 1951-  Search this
Subject:
Von Braun, Wernher 1912-1977  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 587 p., [8] p. of plates : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Germany
Date:
2007
C2007
20th century
Topic:
Rocketry  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)--Research--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825643

Report on operation "Backfire"

Title:
Operation "Backfire"
Author:
Great Britain War Office  Search this
Great Britain Ministry of Supply  Search this
Great Britain Army British Army of the Rhine Special Projectile Operations Group  Search this
Physical description:
5 v., leaves of plates (some folded) : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1946
Topic:
Operation Backfire, 1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Reconnaissance operations  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
V-2 rocket  Search this
Call number:
D810.S2 R46 1946
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_734833

Geschichte der Kriegsraketen und der Raketenartillerie im 19. Jahrhundert / Hans-Dierk Fricke

Author:
Fricke, Hans-Dierk  Search this
Physical description:
480 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2001
C2001
19th century
Topic:
Rockets (Ordnance)--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_744157

British rockets of the Napoleonic and Colonial Wars 1805-1901 : an account of the rockets of Congreve, Boxer and Hale taken into British service, with details of the supporting equipment and the uniforms of the British personnel engaged in rocket duties during the Napoleonic period / by C.E. Franklin

Author:
Franklin, Carl E. 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 264 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2005
19th century
Topic:
Rockets (Ordnance)--History  Search this
Rocket launchers (Ordnance)--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_788674

Peenemünde : Facetten eines historischen Ortes / herausgegeben von Johannes Erichsen, Bernhard M. Hoppe und Dirk Zache

Author:
Erichsen, Johannes  Search this
Hoppe, Bernhard M  Search this
Zache, Dirk 1963-  Search this
Subject:
Germany Heer Heeresversuchstelle Peenemünde History  Search this
Physical description:
59 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Peenemünde
Peenemünde (Germany)
Date:
1999
C1999
20th century
Topic:
Rockets (Ordnance)--History  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
DD901.P44 P44 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_615644

Oruzhie otechestvennogo flota 1945-2000 / A.B. Shirokorad ; pod obshcheĭ redaktsieĭ A.E. Tarasa

Author:
Shirokorad, A. B (Aleksandr Borisovich)  Search this
Taras, A. E (Anatoliĭ Efimovich)  Search this
Subject:
Russia (Federation) Voenno-Morskoĭ Flot Weapons systems  Search this
Type:
Books
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union
Date:
2001
Topic:
Ordnance, Naval  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
Call number:
VA573 .S55 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_631931

Tactical missile warheads / edited by Joseph Carleone

Author:
Carleone, Joseph 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
754 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
Guided missiles  Search this
Projectiles  Search this
Call number:
UF767 .T33 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_534653

Gyrojet rocket small arms technology / by MB Associates staff

Author:
MBAssociates  Search this
Physical description:
[103] leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
Topic:
Firearms  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
Solid propellant rockets  Search this
Call number:
UF880 .M33 1965
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_544136

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