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A.A. and Laurence Paddock collection

Identifier: COU:3227

Scope and Contents

The materials in the A.A. and Laurence Paddock collection consists of photographs and printed materials and were compiled by the Boulder Daily Camera from its early days in the 1890’s to 1990. These photos were published in the newspaper concerning events at the University of Colorado.

Photographs in Series 1 consist of images that, when they were received, were individually cataloged and given “Paddock” numbers by the Library staff. Most of these images are on glass plate negatives and are dated from 1888 to 1914. The rest of the materials are dated from 1937 to 1964 are on film.

The photographs in Series 2 are compiled photographs of the University of Colorado Boulder events, buildings, and people.

Published materials in Series 3 consist of a combination of WWI and WWII posters and published journals.


  • Creation: 1888-1996

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Access to materials such as glass plate negatives, original nitrate and safety film negatives, or fragile oversized material exhibiting significant preservation concerns in this collection may not be available for researcher access and use, due to significant preservation concerns. Researchers wishing to view these items must contact at least two weeks in advance of their planned visit with a detailed explanation of their research and specific need to view the items in question. All requests are reviewed jointly by the Reading Room Coordinator and Head of Archives, in collaboration with other Archives staff where necessary, and permission is dependent on the preservation impact to the item(s), as well as staff availability to supervise research use. The Archives may provide reproductions of the materials in lieu of the originals, at cost to the researcher for standard Library reproduction fees.

Conditions Governing Use

All photographic material in this collection must be handled with gloves.

This collection contains oversized materials, glass, nitrate and acetate film, that have become fragile with age and may be easily damaged. Handling this material will require supervision by Archives personnel. Researchers wishing to handle these materials must contact at least 5 business days in advance of their visit to make arrangements for handling these materials. Appointments are dependent on staff availability.

Copyright statement

The University Libraries do not own the copyright to this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.


Alva Adams Paddock was born in Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 5, 1887, the son of Lucius Carver and Lena (Butsch) Paddock. L. C. Paddock started the Boulder Daily Camera in the 1890’s. A. A. Paddock attended public schools and later the University of Colorado where he earned a B.A. degree. From 1912 to 1916 he held the position of manager of athletics the University of Colorado. After serving in the armed forces during World War I from 1917 to 1919, Mr. Paddock entered the business field and from 1919 until his death he was associated with the Boulder Publishing, Incorporated, started by his father, L. C. Paddock. Prior to death of his father, L. C. Paddock, he held the position of assistant city editor of “The Boulder Daily Camera,”. He took over the business when his father died and became president of the Boulder Publishing, Inc. and editor of “The Boulder Daily Camera”. He was a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Columbia Lodge No. 14, the Chamber of Commerce, the Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta phi, and Sigma Delta Chi fraternities. Collecting historical articles concerning Boulder was A. A. Paddock’s favorite form of diversion.

Alva Adams Paddock married in Boulder, June 4, 1921, to Annie Laurie Willett, and they had three children: William, John, and Laurence. He was awarded the Norlin Award by the University of Colorado. A. A.. Paddock died in 1961.

Laurence Turner Paddock, born in Boulder, Colo, Aug. 17, 1927, earned his B.A. degree from University of Colorado in Journalism in 1950. He married Harriett Lu Lehnen, June 12, 1950. Laurence Paddock became a reporter and photographer for the “Boulder Daily Camera from 1950-1960. He was editor from 1960 to 1993 when he retired, and Director of Boulder Publishing, Inc. from 1955 to 1971. He was a member of the Boulder Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Colorado Governor’s Clean-up Commission, the Colorado Press Association, the Boulder Historical Society, and many other organizations. Laurence Paddock sold the Boulder Daily Camera to Ritter Publishing in 1969. He retired from the newspaper business in 1993 and continues to be active in the preservation of the history of Boulder County.


154 linear feet (117 boxes and 11 drawers)

Language of Materials



The photos and negatives contained in this collection were compiled by the Boulder Daily Camera from its early days in the 1890’s to 1990. These photos were published in the newspaper concerning events at the University of Colorado.

Custodial History

Gift of Laurence Paddock, 1980-1985, Carnegie Library, 1996

In Progress
Processed by Cassandra Volpe and Donna Ursich, June 1998; Bradley Arnold, 2014; Jennifer Sanchez, Shannon Derthick, Glynnis Murphy, Walton Zientek, and Laura Mariani, 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States