H. NEWCOMB "NEWC" ELDREDGE PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Numerous films, video tapes, slide presentations and photographs, which Eldredge accumulated during his tenure as 10th Mountain Division film historian, comprise the bulk of this collection. The films include original 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm format films that document the 10th Mountain Division's training at Mount Rainier, Washington and Camp Hale, Colorado. Primarily copies, the videos are not of professional quality.
Papers acquired by Eldredge in his capacity as National Secretary of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division and as New England Chapter president also form part of the collection. Eldredge's papers relate primarily to the activities of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division and the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers. Records include correspondence, notes, schedules, newsletters and newspaper clippings. Numerous meeting minutes, agendas and itineraries are also included.
Eldredge obtained a limited number of personal papers and numerous photographs from noted 10th Mountain Division photographer Winston Pote. These papers and photographs are also included in the collection.
A portion of the series documents National Association activities including ski trips, trail trips, mountain climbing events and the 50th anniversary re-climb of Riva Ridge, Italy. Additional records document interviews and speeches. The series includes newspaper clippings, articles, press releases, brochures and itineraries. Limited National Association correspondence also forms part of the series. Background materials, minutes, agendas, proposals, questionnaires and correspondence provide a record of several board of directors and executive committee meetings. Records related to National Association activities and correspondence are arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically. Meeting records are arranged chronologically.
In 1985, the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division became international in scope by participating in the formation of the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers. In 2008, the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers represented more than 450,000 mountain troop veterans and active duty mountain troops from nine nations, including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.
Each year, the Federation sponsors a "congress" hosted by a member nation. This series includes correspondence, reports, notes, agendas, programs, travel records and itineraries, which document these annual congresses. Correspondence, brochures, newspaper clippings, newsletters and notes relating to other Federation activities also form part of the series. Activities records and correspondence are arranged alphabetically by subject, and then chronologically within each subject. Records describing annual congresses are arranged chronologically.
Winston Pote's personal papers, including a manuscript, working papers, notes and an author contract for his book, Mountain Troops comprise the bulk of the series. Limited memorabilia and ephemera are also included. A preliminary script and production notes for Otto Lang's Army training film How to Ski completes the series.
Eldredge served for many years as film historian and archivist for the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division. The film and video collection he acquired during this tenure comprises the series. The collection includes both amateur and professional footage shot using 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm films. These films document the history of the Division from its inception at Fort Lewis through combat operations in Italy, though the bulk of the films depict training activities.
Half-inch VHS video tapes comprise the bulk of the series. These tapes are almost entirely copies made by veterans. Additional video tape formats include 3/4 inch VHS and BetaCam. Tapes include transfers of original film footage from original 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 35 mm films as well as documentaries (original tapes and copies), copies of television news broadcasts and numerous amateur videos of 10th Mountain Division reunions, memorials, interviews and similar, related activities. The series also includes audio tape interviews and audio tape sound tracks created to accompany presentations given at various 10th Mountain Division Association reunions.
Many video tapes in the series are copies made by veterans. As such, the library does not hold copyrights to these materials. Requests for reproductions must be discussed with a librarian or archivist and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The bulk of the photographs in this series were shot by Winston Pote, primarily for use in his book Mountain Troops. The series includes both color and black and white photographs and numerous 35mm color slides. Additional photographs document reunions, ski and trail trips and the fiftieth anniversary re-climb of Riva Ridge. Copies of various U.S. Army Signal Corps photographs and several 35mm slide presentations also comprise a portion of the series.
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
The collection is open for research.
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.
H. Newcomb "Newc" Eldredge was born on August 4, 1924 in Baltimore Maryland. He grew up in Pittsford, New York where he graduated from Pittsford School. Pittsford boasted two ski jumps, allowing Eldredge to begin skiing and ski jumping at an early age.
Eldredge enlisted in the Army on November 12, 1943 at Rochester, New York. Although he volunteered for the ski troops, he was sent to Fort McClellan, Alabama for basic training. He finally joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado in mid-1944, where he was assigned to Company L of the 85th Infantry Regiment. Eldredge later served at Camp Swift, Texas and in Italy. During combat operations in Italy, he was severely wounded near Castel d'Aiano on April 14, 1945. He was awarded two Bronze Star medals. Eldredge was discharged from the service on March 14, 1946.
Following the war, Eldredge enrolled at Dartmouth College where he studied history and government. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. While at Dartmouth, Eldredge served as chairman of the winter sports department and became a member of the Dartmouth ski team. He trained under noted coach and 10th Mountain veteran, Walter Prager. Eldredge also served as an instructor in the Dartmouth mountaineering club.
Eldredge married Sally McCrillis on August 31, 1950, at Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, and the couple moved almost immediately to Denver, Colorado where Eldredge pursued graduate studies in history and teaching certification at Denver University. When he was unable to obtain a teaching position, Eldredge followed the urging of fellow 10th Mountain Division veteran, Earl Clark, and began a career in the insurance industry.
With the outbreak of the Korean War, Eldredge returned to the Army and received a 2nd Lieutenant's commission. He served initially as an intelligence officer and later as an infantry platoon leader while stationed in Colorado.
Eldredge moved to New Hampshire in 1957 where he still resided in 2008. For many years he served as president of his own company, McCrillis and Eldredge Insurance, Inc. of Newport, New Hampshire. Extremely active with the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, he served as president of the New England Chapter from 1978-1980 and as National Secretary from 1981 to 1987. He also served the Association as film historian and archivist. He planned and participated in a number of National Association reunions and activities, including the 50th anniversary re-climb of Riva Ridge in 1995.
Eldredge held several elective and appointive leadership positions with the South Congregational Church of Newport. He is a past president of the Newport, New Hampshire Rotary Club and former district chairman of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, Eldredge served on numerous insurance association committees and Dartmouth College alumni committees. Newcomb and Sally Eldredge have two sons a daughter and five grandchildren.
2 Boxes (1.5 linear feet)
1 Photo Boxes (1 linear foot)
Gift; H. Newcomb "Newc" Eldredge; 1992, 1998, 2000.
Number of Boxes: 2 (1.5 linear feet)
Number of AVBoxes: 23
Number of AVReels: 5
Number of Photo Boxes: 1 (1 linear foot)
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- Administrative records. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Audiovisual materials. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Camp Hale (Colo.) Subject Source: Naf
- Camp Swift (Tex.) Subject Source: Naf
- Clippings (information artifacts). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Correspondence. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Eldredge, H. Newcomb, 1924- -- Archives.
- Photographs. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- United States -- Army -- Mountain Division, 10th.
- United States -- Army -- Mountain Infantry Regiment, 85th.
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