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Ralph Mattson Papers

Identifier: TMD219

Scope and Contents

The collection contains b/w photographs of Camp Hale, Colo., Camp Swift, Tex., and Italy (1943-1945).


  • 1943-1945


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

Ralph Mattson was born in Stone Ridge, New York in 1921 and enlisted in the Army at New York City in 1943. At the time of enlistment, he was unmarried, had completed one year of high school and was working as a skilled welder. Mattson joined what would later become the 10th Mountain Division while it was engaged in mountain and winter warfare training at Camp Hale, Colorado. He participated in the invasion of Kiska Island, Alaska and in combat operations in Italy. Mattson was assigned to the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment and served with Company I, later with Company L. He was awarded the Silver Star medal for gallantry in March 1945 for his actions near Mount della Vedetta.


1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Unknown; Unknown.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.


Collection incorporates former photo collection #2005.027.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Ralph Mattson Papers
Keli Schmid
April 20, 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