ARTHUR F. MUSCHLER PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection spans 1944 to 2002. It includes historical reference materials as well as administrative papers related to Muschler's role in the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers and the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division. Limited photographs and personal papers complete the collection.
Brief histories, both from American and German perspectives, comprise the 10th Mountain Division papers in this series. International Federation of Mountain Soldiers papers document annual meetings (congresses) as well as administrative matters. National Association of the 10th Mountain Division papers are made up primarily of Resource Center correspondence along with limited memorabilia. Arthur Muschler's personal papers include his Bronze Star medal citations, limited correspondence and his obituary.
Limited color and black and white images depict reunion activities and training at Camp Swift, Texas. One unidentified black and white photograph, which may be Arthur and wife, Audrey, completes the series.
The series includes original maps and copies of maps primarily depicting the operations around Mount Belvedere during the 10th Mountain Division's Italian Campaign. One map shows the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers' Peace Trail, also near Mount Belvedere. Welcome posters displayed by Italian villages during the 1991 Return to Italy reunion are also included.
Ten VHS video tapes comprise the series. Eight tapes document various reunion trips to Italy and memorial services at Fort Drum, New York. Two additional World War II documentary tapes are also included.
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
The collection is open for research.
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Arthur Frederick Muschler was born July 22, 1922 in Aurora, Illinois, the son of Arthur F. and Florence B. (Parker) Muschler. During World War II, Muschler served as a forward observer for the 604th Field Artillery Battalion (Pack), part of the 10th Mountain Division. He trained at Camp Hale (Colorado) and Camp Swift (Texas) before deploying to Italy. Following combat in Europe, he was stationed briefly at Camp Carson (Colorado). During the Italian Campaign, Muschler, a 1st lieutenant, received two Bronze Star medals, both for heroic achievement. The first award cited his actions at Mount Belvedere February 20, 1945. The second recognized his actions at Torre Iussi, Italy April 14, 1945.
As a child, Muschler decided to seek a career related to forestry or nature. To this end, he attended Michigan State University, Yale University, the Swiss Federal Technical Institute and the University of Michigan earning multiple degrees in forestry. He taught at Yale University as Assistant Professor in the School of Forestry from 1950 to 1953. He then joined the Edward Hines Lumber Company of Chicago Illinois, where he served more than thirty years as Technical Director. In this capacity, Muschler advised the company on lumber quality at its mills in Oregon and Arkansas and headed its department on new product development and research. He co-authored two books on forestry and tropical woods. These books were based on a U.S. Navy research study. Muschler also served in numerous professional organizations including terms as President of the Society for Wood Sciences and Technology (1961-1962) and the Forest Products Research Society (1966-1967). Muschler retired in 1986.
Muschler was very active in the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, serving as the organization's president (1989-1991) and chairman of the board (1991-1994). He also served as secretary general of the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers (1992-1993). As a resident of Oak Brook, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, Muschler served on the Oak Brook Zoning Board of Appeals (1972-1982). He was also on the board of directors of the historic Gads Hill Center Settlement House, Chicago (1962-1994). Arthur Muschler passed away April 16, 2002 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
1 oversize folders
1 audiovisual boxes
Other Finding Aids
Gift; Audrey Muschler (wife); 2005, 2008, 2014.
Number of Boxes: 2 (.75 linear feet)
Oversize: 1 file folder
Audio-Visual: 1 AVBox
- Camp Carson (Colo.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Camp Hale (Colo.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Camp Swift (Tex.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Clippings (information artifacts). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Correspondence. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Ephemera. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Military maneuvers -- Cold weather conditions. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, Inc.
- Photographs. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Ski troops. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. -- Army. -- Mountain Division, 10th.
- VHS (TM). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- ARTHUR F. MUSCHLER PAPERS
- FEBRUARY 2014
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