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Frederick K. Copeland Papers

Identifier: TMD284

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a copy of Copeland's memoir: Rick's Recollections: World War II, 10th Mountain Division 1943-1926 (2000); Journal-February-March 1944 Trip to Camp Hale, Colo. written by Copeland's parents (1944); family correspondence (1943-1946).


  • 1943-1946
  • 2000


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

Frederick Kent Copeland was born October 13, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, to Frederick Winsor and Polly (Packard) Copeland. He attended school in Winnetka, Illinois and Middlesex Academy in Concord, Massachusetts before graduating from New Trier High School in Winnetka in 1943. Following graduation, Copeland volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. Initially assigned to the 90th Infantry Regiment, Copeland served primarily with the Company G of the 85th. As one of the early “three letter men,” he trained in Colorado and Texas and served in Italy, where he was wounded in action during the battle for Mount Belvedere. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946.

In 1950, Copeland graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California. He also married Emily Gray, a Pomona College classmate. They lived for 26 years in Ventura, California, where Rick worked as a salesman for Southern California Edison Company and Graybar Electric Company. Their five children were all born in Ventura. The family moved to Bozeman in 1976. While in Bozeman, Copeland worked for Curtis Industries until his retirement in 1988.

Frederick Kent Copeland, 84, of Bozeman died at peace early Sunday morning, March 8, 2009 after an extended battle with asthma, cancer and Alzheimer's.


.25 Boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Emily Copeland; 2009.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Frederick K. Copeland Papers
Keli Schmid
June 30, 2020
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Repository Details

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

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Denver CO 80204 United States