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RICHARD M. WILSON PAPERS

 Collection
Identifier: TMD30

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection contains correspondence, photographs and a scrapbook all related to Wilson's World War II service. Correspondence, reference files, drafts, manuscripts and articles document Wilson's writings about the 10th Mountain Division's history and the contributions of its veterans to the post-war ski industry. Photographs, memorabilia and correspondence provide a record of some of Wilson's involvment with the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division and the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers.

SERIES 1 PAPERS 1942-2007 BOX 1

Letters written by Wilson to his parents during World War II comprise the bulk of the series. Additional correspondence, related to the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division and the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers is also included as is a note of thanks for Wilson's service to the Disabled American Veterans from President Gerald Ford.

Wilson's principal writings document the post-war contributions to skiing made by veterans of the 10th Mountain Division. The series includes article drafts and final copies. Additionally, the series includes brief historical articles, speeches Wilson wrote for Association officers, and research files Wilson compiled while writing his articles. Personal papers, including biographical sketches and an obituary complete the series.

SERIES 2 MEMORABILIA 1946-2003 BOX 2

The series contains numerous commemorative pins and plaques from various reunions, National Association activities and International Federation of Mountain Soldiers meetings or congresses. The series also contains a citation for Wilson's World War II service signed by President Harry Truman.

SERIES 3 AUDIO-VISUAL 1998 AVBOX 1

Two VHS tapes document the 1998 Hartford Ski Spectacular and associated banquet held at Breckenridge, Colorado

SERIES 4 PHOTOGRAPHS 1943-2000 PHOTOBOX 1

Color photographs document National Association reunion activities and the 50th anniversary climb of Riva Ridge. Additional photographs depict the dedication of the 10th Mountain Division monument at Tennessee Pass, Colorado in 1959 and World War II training activities at Camp Hale, Colorado and Camp Swift, Texas. X-rays of Wilson's wrist wound complete the series.

SERIES 5 OVERSIZE 1943-1984 OVFOLIO 1, OVFF 1

The series includes three original pen and ink sketches, two by George Skypeck and one by Hymann Goldenberg. Also included is a scrapbook documenting Wilson's World War II experiences and post-war skiing through newspaper clippings, articles, military orders and photographs.

Dates

  • 1942-2007

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

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 NOTE

Richard M. Wilson was born June 24, 1923 in New York, New York, the son of Donald E. and Ella Mae (Crumb) Wilson. While in his teens, Wilson began skiing the hills near Rochester, New York. He completed a year of college at Alfred University, Alfred, New York before enlisting in the Army on December 14, 1942.

Wilson volunteered for the "ski troops" and was assigned to the 86th Infantry Regiment, which was then engaged in mountain and winter warfare training at Camp Hale, Colorado. His experience enabled him to serve as a skiing and rock climbing instructor. Subsequently, Wilson transferred to the 85th Infantry regiment. Following additional training at Camp Swift, Texas, the 10th Mountain Division deployed to Italy, where Wilson engaged in combat operations against the German Army. During the attack on Mount Belvedere, on February 19, 1945, Wilson was severely wounded, leaving his right arm permanently damaged. Following three years rehabilitation, he was discharged with the rank of master sergeant.

While attending the University of Denver, Wilson spent several Colorado winters as a ski patrolman, ski instructor and ski racer. Upon graduation, he began a career in publishing and public relations. He became the first editor of National Skiing, the forerunner of Skiing Magazine. Later, he edited Ski Views for the U.S. Ski Association. As a public relations and marketing executive, Wilson promoted numerous ski resorts, including Aspen, and Crested Butte in Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

In 1960, Wilson became associated with the Disabled American Veterans, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as Assistant National Adjutant and Director of Communications. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating all DAV national communications programs and for publishing DAV Magazine. He was listed in the 1978 edition of Who's Who in International Public Relations and retired from his public relations career in 1986.

Wilson was active in numerous civic and volunteer organizations, including the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, where he worked with A.J. "Mac" McKenna to resurrect the 10th Mountain Division's Blizzard newsletter in 1971. Additionally, Wilson served as the Association's membership chairman, Vice President of Public Relations and Blizzardeditor.

For many years, Wilson served with the Boy Scouts of America as co-chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Scouting for the Handicapped. Other organizations in which he was active included the National Ski Patrol System, International Council of Industrial Editors, Public Relations Society of America, New England Ski Museum and the Denver Press Club.

Wilson passed away April 12, 2007 at his residence in Eastman, New Hampshire.

Extent

2 boxes

1 photo boxes (.25 linear feet)

1 audiovisual boxes

1 Oversize file folder

1 oversize folios

Language of Materials

English

PROVENANCE:

Gift; Richard M. Wilson; 1998-2006. Gift; Leslie Wilson-Surma (daughter); 2007.

SELECTION OF RELATED MATERIAL

The Western History/Genealogy Department has additional collections with material related to Richard Wilson including:

10th Mountain Division RecordsTMD1

10th Mountain Division Database RecordsTMD2

National Association of the 10th Mountain Division RecordsTMD40

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 2 (1 linear foot)

Number of PhotoBoxes: 1 (.25 linear feet)

Number of AVBoxes: 1 (.25 linear feet)

Oversize: 1 OVFF

Oversize: 1 OVFolio

LOCATION:

TMD30

PROCESSED AND ENCODED BY:

Dennis Hagen

September 2009

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

Title
RICHARD M. WILSON PAPERS
Date
SEPTEMBER 2009
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

Contact:
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