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A.A. and Laurence Paddock collection

Identifier: COU:3227

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of several groups of photographic materials:

Boxes 1 – 2 Printed Materials

Boxes 3 – 7 Photos

Boxes 8 – 22 Glass Negatives numbered 1 – 606

Boxes 23 – 54 2nd Accession of Photos, Negatives, and Printed Materials

Oversize Bundles 1 – 12 Photos


  • 1935 - 1996


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.


69 linear feet

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.

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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