During World War II, the10th Mountain Division specialized in mountain and winter warfare. Following rigorous training at Camp Hale, Colorado and other locations, the Division’s “ski troops” compiled an outstanding record of victories during combat operations against the German Army in the mountains of northern Italy from January through May 1945.
In 1987, the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, acting on behalf of the Division’s World War II veterans, designated the Denver Public Library and the Colorado Historical Society to be joint repositories of their historical materials. Material Culture items, including boots, uniforms, climbing equipment and other three-dimensional items are housed at the Colorado Historical Society, while “paper” items, such as personal correspondence, photographs, military orders, diaries, maps, scrapbooks and similar items reside in DPL’s Western History Collection.
Since 1987, the collection has continued to grow. 1,000 individual donors have now donated materials to the Denver Public Library for the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center collection, making it one of the largest collections of its kind in the United States.