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Paul H. Williams Papers

Identifier: TMD142

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 25 images depicting Williams wartime experiences as a member of the 10th Mountain Division (1943-1945). These include 13 pen-and-ink drawings and two water colors. Subjects: "F" company's victory party near Tricesimo, North Italy (June/July 1945); Maneuvers-Yoder Gulch (n.d.); Crossing Po River and Always digging in (Spring 1944); S-2 in action, intelligence section, the training of a spy (n.d.); Sgt. Pearce, 20-killed Mt. Belvedere, Laying wire under cover of darkness, Walking wounded stayed until he got it in the right place (n.d.); Dining aboard S.S. America (n.d.); Mt Spioeone and On Patrol, some of the last mountains before hitting the "Po" valley (1944); and an untitled water color of a 10th Mountain Division skier (n.d.).


  • 1944-1945


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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

Paul H. Williams Jr. was born on July 7, 1923 in La Grange, Ga., the son of Paul H. and Loretta M Williams. In elementary school he won several art scholarships and eventually attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. An avid skier, Williams volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division in late 1942 at Camp Hale, Colo. He was assigned to Company B of the 86th Infantry Division and later served with Headquarters and Company F of the 85th. At Camp Hale and during combat operations in Italy, Williams documented his experiences with his artwork. After the war he received an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Southern California. Williams was a professor of art at Adams State College, Alamosa, Colo. for more than 30 years.


1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Paul Williams;1991.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.


Some of the artwork from this collection was reproduced in the Blizzard, 1988, 2nd quarter, page 10.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Paul H. Williams Papers
Keli Schmid
December 26, 2019
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Repository Details

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

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