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William L. Putnam Papers

Identifier: TMD196

Scope and Contents

The collection contains copies of manuscripts and correspondence related to the publication of Parker's book: "The Tenth Mountain" (1978-1990); photographs of Kiska Island, Alaska, Italian Campaign locations (ca.1989); copies of battle maps and maps of Camp Hale, Colo. (n.d.).


  • 1978-1990


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 permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The imply 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

William Lowell Putnam was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1924 and enlisted in the Army in 1942. He joined the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Lewis, Washington and was assigned to the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment. Putnam also served at Camp Hale, Colorado and Camp Swift, Texas, and saw action at Kiska Island, Alaska in 1943. He attended Officer's Candidate School in 1944 and returned to the 10th Mountain Division as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1944. Highly decorated, Putnam received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered near Pianosinatico, Italy in February 1945 and was awarded the Silver Star for action during the battle of Castel d'Aiano in April 1945. He also received the Bronze Star and Good Conduct medals.


.5 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; William Putnam; 1991.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

William L. Putnam Papers
Keli Schmid
March 26, 2020
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Anglo American Cataloguing Rules
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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