10th Mountain Division, a full division of
the United States Army, specializing in mountain
and winter warfare, trained at Camp Hale,
Colorado, during World War II.
|Experienced in skiing,
mountaineering and cold-weather survival as
well as military tactics, the soldiers fought
enemy forces in the Italian Campaign of 1945.
Dubbed the "ski troops" by the press,
the 10th Mountain Division remains the only
military division recruited by a civilian
organization, the National Ski Patrol. Many
10th veterans contributed greatly to the development
of the recreational ski industry in the United
States and to the growth of related fields
such as outdoor equipment development, recreation
and nature conservation.
Mountain Division Newspaper
More than 700 images from the 10th Mountain
Division photographic collection are accessible
in the library's gallery.
The Resource Center archival collection is
cataloged and available via an international
computer database that serves 16,000 research
libraries in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Materials are not available to be checked
out. Photocopying of items is allowed. Reproduction
of photographs in the collection is also
available for a fee.
Mountain Division Foundation & The National
Association of the 10th Mountain Division
The Tenth Mountain Division Foundation
provides financial support to the 10th Mountain
Division Resource Center. The Foundation was established
in 1960 as successor to the 10th Mountain Division
War Memorial Foundation.
The 10th Mountain Division Resource
Center also works closely with the National
Association of the 10th Mountain Division,
established in 1949. Learn more about the
Association and the Foundation.
1987, the National Association of the 10th Mountain
Division, consisting of alumni of the World War
II division, designated the Denver Public Library
Western History Department and the Colorado Historical
Society as joint repositories of their historical
materials. Among the contributions to the 10th
Mountain Division Resource Center are personal
correspondence, photographs, orders, diaries,
maps and scrapbooks. Also included are artifacts
such as skis, boots, uniforms, climbing equipment
and other three-dimensional items. Hundreds of
donors have made contributions to this collection,
which is heavily used for research and exhibit
purposes. Historians, collectors, writers, film
producers, genealogists, students, 10th members
and their families are some of the people who
use the resource center.
|Rare material is still needed.
Correspondence, journals, memoirs and
other items unique to individual soldiers
and/or units such as artillery, medical,
signal corps, and quartermaster, are
of great importance to the collection.
Contact the 10th Mountain Division Resource
World War II 10th Mountain Division Database
In 1998 a small group of volunteers set out
to establish a Database of information about
every man who served with the WWII 10th Mountain
Division. Four years and $40,000 later, they
had gathered and combed through records from
the National Archives in St. Louis and the
10th Mountain Division Resource Center in
Denver. The result is a Database of 32,213
records of men who served with the “Mountain
Troops” from 1941-1945. While the entire Database
is not available online, you can use
this simple form to search for a veteran by
last name and find the Regiment or Battalion
with which he served.
Mountain Division Room
An exhibit of material from the archival collection
has been installed in the 10th Mountain Division
Room on the 5th level of the central Denver Public
Library. The exhibit is comprised of framed items
including original magazines, newspapers, maps,
photographs, letters, military documents and decorations
and posters. There is also a unique bronze sculpture
depicting 10th climbers and skiers in action.
patrol in the Apennine Mountains, Italy