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Clarence M. Tomlinson Papers

Identifier: TMD97

Scope and Contents

Includes biographical information survey, biography, correspondence received from John Evans, military and personal papers, framed collection of medals from World War I and World War II, certificate of award from Italian government , certificate of graduation from tank training school, Easter greetings signed by General Mark Clark, newspaper clippings, newsletters, Army commendation, and numerous uniform insignias.


  • 1922-1953


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Clarence M. Tomlinson was born in Duluth, Minnesota on October 16, 1895 to Fred C. and Emma Yerke Tomlinson. He attended Superior Teacher’s College in Superior, Wisconsin before beginning his military career as an enlisted man. Tomlinson served on the Mexican border in 1916 and attended officer’s training in 1917. Upon receiving his commission as a 2nd lieutenant, Tomlinson was assigned to the 37th Infantry. After World War I, Tomlinson resigned his commission to work as a journalist, but was reappointed as a 1st lieutenant in 1921.

During World War II, Tomlinson served in the Pacific from 1941-1943 and was awarded two Silver Star Medals. He returned to the United States after contracting malaria. He next took command of the 10th Mountain Division’s 86th Infantry Regiment and rose to the rank of colonel. Following WWII, Tomlinson served at the Nuremburg war crimes trials, where he met his wife, Mary Evelina Carter, who was working as a data analyst. At the age of 58, Tomlinson went back to school to obtain a Master of Arts degree. Clarence M. Tomlinson died at the age of 78 on July 18, 1974.


1 box(es)

1 oversize boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Harrison Coleman, 2007.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of: 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

Clarence M. Tomlinson Papers
Keli Schmid
December 30, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States