HUGH W. EVANS PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection spans 1942 to 2004 with the bulk of the material from 1986-1991. It includes both 10th Mountain Association documents as well as Evans' personal papers and memorabilia. Evans' association and personal correspondence comprises the bulk of the material. Additional records include financial statements and reports, membership rosters, minutes, notes, agendas, news clippings and articles.
Expense reports, budgets, minutes, agendas and reports comprise the bulk of the administrative material, which spans 1984 to 2004. Administrative material is arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically. Evans' association correspondence spans 1985 to 1992 and consists of letters to association members as well as national and international military and political leaders. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and then chronologically. Fliers, planning correspondence, notes, agendas and schedules document several national association reunions and related ski trips that occurred between 1985 and 2004. Material is arranged chronologically by the date of the reunion, then chronologically for each event.
Correspondence comprises the bulk of the material in this series. Additional material includes budgets, brochures, minutes, news clippings and membership information. 10th Mountain Division affiliate organizations include the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers, Military Mountaineering Advisory Group, 10th Mountain Division Resource Center, Resource Center Advisory Committee and the 10th Mountain Division Foundation. Papers are arranged alphabetically by organization and then chronologically within each organization.
Personal correspondence primarily includes letters that Evans wrote and received following his tenure as association president and chairman of the board. The bulk of this material spans 2003 to 2004. The series includes manuscripts and articles written by Evans as well as newspaper clippings and articles about him. Additional manuscripts not written by Evans contain his notes and commentary. Of particular interest are two scrapbooks containing family correspondence, copies of military orders, drawings and documents related to Evans' World War II service in the 10th Mountain Division from 1942 to 1945. These scrapbooks were disassembled and material transferred to folders for preservation purposes. However, the original order of the material has been maintained.
Language of Materials
Material is in English unless otherwise noted.
The collection is open for research.
Hugh W. Evans Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library
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Hugh W. Evans (March 21, 1924 - ) was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in San Rafael. He attended high school at the Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire. Upon graduation, Evans returned to San Rafael where he was drafted and subsequently volunteered for mountain service. He enlisted in the Army July 31, 1943 and entered active duty on August 21.
Evans began his basic training at Fort Ord. Two weeks later, he received a transfer to the 10th Mountain Division, which was then training at Camp Hale, Colorado. Serving as an infantryman in both Companies A and C of the 85th Regiment, he achieved the rank of Platoon Sergeant. Evans was awarded the Silver Star on February 19, 1945 during the battle for Mount Gorgolesco. He also received a Purple Heart for wounds he received near Castel D'Aiano, April 14, 1945.
Following the war, in 1946, Evans attended the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado. In 1949, he received his Engineer of Mines degree. Following two mining jobs in California, Evans accepted a job with the Kennecott Copper Company.
Evans was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He served from 1951 to 1952, first as a Second Lieutenant preparing textbooks and later as First Lieutenant and assistant director of the Army language school in Monterey, California.
Following his military service, Evans worked in various jobs in the United States and abroad. He held a number of managerial and executive positions in the mining industry, including president and CEO positions with the Old Ben Coal Company, Enoxy Coal, Inc. and the Union Terminal Association
In 1973, Evans joined the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division. He was elected by the Association's board of directors to become the organization's third president in 1986, and he became chairman of the board of directors in 1989. Working with Earl Clark and Mac Mackenzie, Evans was instrumental in the creation of the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers, The Military Mountaineering Advisory Group and the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center. In addition, he has written a book and numerous articles dealing with the 10th Mountain Division.
Evans married Ann Gullberg September 2, 1950. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.
Other Finding Aids
Hugh W. Evans Papers were donated by Hugh Evans between 1991 to 2004. The collection remains open for additional donations.
Number of Boxes: 8
- 10th Mountain Division Resource Center -- Archives.
- Evans, Hugh W. -- Archives.
- International Federation of Mountain Soldiers -- Archives.
- Mountain warfare. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- National Association of the 10th Mountain Division -- Archives.
- Ski troops. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Soldiers. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- HUGH W. EVANS PAPERS
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