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Arthur M. Ketchner Papers

Identifier: M2138

Scope and Contents

Collection contains typewritten copy of Ketchner's memoir: A Look Back in Time (ca.1985). The memoir recounts the assassination of Benito Mussolini and mistress, Clara Petacci on April 28, 1945.


  • 1985


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

Arthur Ketchner was born on July 2, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois to Stanley Ketchner (a foreman who laid cable for Consolidated Edison) and Frances Sikorski Ketchner (a housewife). Ketchner had completed four years of technical high school at Crane Tech High School in Chicago (graduating in 1937), two years of college-accredited training in air conditioning at Oscar Mayer & Co., and one year of night school as a tooling apprentice before enlisting in the Army in 1943. He was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division and began training at Camp Swift, Texas before being sent to Italy to fight in World War II. Ketchner was a Private in Company B of the 126th Combat Engineer Battalion where he specialized in bridge building, demolition and sharpshooting. After the war he returned to the United States to work at Acme Eyelet and Stamping Company in Chicago in the tool and die department, and continued work as a tool and die maker in California at Voi-Shan Industries, Modern Faucet Manufacturing, and Baxter Travenol (Ormco). He retired in 1982. Ketchner was married Anna G. Ketchner and the couple had three children. Arthur Ketchner died on March 29, 2001 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.


1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Arthur M. Ketchner; 1989.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Arthur M. Ketchner Papers
Keli Schmid
June 1, 2021
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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

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Denver CO 80204 United States