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Ralph L. Drake Papers

Identifier: TMD326

Scope and Contents

Collection contains photo album with photos of Camp Hale, Colo. with annotations, military records, and ephemera (1942-1943); additional materials include Drake family genealogy, Ralph L. Drake honorable discharge (1919), Marquis L. Drake Civil War pension records (1913).


  • 1913-2001


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 Lafayette “Corky” Drake was born December 8, 1899 at Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of Marquis L. and Lulu Drake. He entered the University of Kansas in the fall of 1918, but then enlisted in the Army October 1, 1918 to participate in World War I as a private. He was honorably discharged December 21, 1918 and graduated in 1922. Drake attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia from 1922 to 1926 and interned at Philadelphia General Hospital from 1926 to 1928. Throughout the 1930s, Drake served primarily as a Psychiatrist and Neurologist. Despite his age, he volunteered for service during World War II and was accepted. Among his assignments, he served as Chief of Medical Service and Chief of Neuropsychiatric Service at Camp Hale, Colorado as part of the station complement during the time the 10th Mountain Division was stationed there. He passed away September 22, 1994 at Wichita, Kansas.


.25 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Katherine Hagerman; 2013.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Ralph L. Drake Papers
Keli Schmid
September 11, 2020
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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