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Frank K. Kappler Papers

Identifier: M2133

Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence, clippings, b/w photographs, color photographs, manuscripts, bulletin related to the 10th Mountain Division publications: Blizzard and Rucksack.


  • 1943-1998


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

Frank Kappler was born on September 13, 1914 in New York City to Frank J. Kappler, a newspaperman, and Margaret Ramsey Andrew Kappler. In 1936 Kappler graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College where he served on The Daily Dartmouth newspaper staff. After graduation Kappler worked for Acme Newspictures. He enlisted in the Army in New York on October 3, 1942 and was assigned to service in the 10th Mountain Division. Kappler began his military training at Camp Hale, Colorado where he was the founding editor of the Blizzard, the 10th Mountain Division’s newspaper-in-combat in Italy. Kappler was assigned to Company L of the 87th Infantry Regiment and served in Italy, where he received a Bronze Star Medal. Upon discharge he had achieved the rank of Sergeant. After his military service, Kappler worked as a copy editor at the New York Post and City Editor of the New York World-Telegram & Sun. He then served on the editorial staff of Life Magazine, People Magazine and Time-Life Books until his retirement in 1982. Kappler was married to Gerry Elberth Kappler with whom he had two children. Frank Kappler died on January 9, 1999 at his home in Fearrington Village, North Carolina.


1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Frank Kappler; 1996. Gift; Frank Kappler II; 1999.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Frank K. Kappler Papers
Keli Schmid
June 1, 2021
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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