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William J. Bourke Jr. Papers

Identifier: TMD169

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 2 scrapbooks. Scrapbook 1 was compiled by his wife, contains photographs, clippings and ephemera of his family, youth, school years, officer training, and service with the 10th Mountain Division, Army Signal Corps equipment photographs (ca.1920s-1945). Scrapbook 2 contains photographs, military orders, postcards, Italian money from Bourke's time at Camp Hale, Colo.; Camp Swift, Tex.; and service in Italy (ca.1943-1945).


  • circa 1925-1945


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 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

William J. Bourke, Jr. was born in New York in 1919. He joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado, where he was assigned to Company L of the 85th Infantry Regiment and then Company K of the 85th and the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters. While engaged in combat operations in Italy, Bourke was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in the Apennines and the Po Valley. He was wounded in action on April 23, 1945. He attained the rank of Captain. Bourke died in 1977.


1 oversize boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Judith H. Bourke; Gift; 1996.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

William J. Bourke Jr. Papers
Keli Schmid
March 18, 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

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Denver CO 80204 United States