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University of Colorado History collection (CU History collection)

Identifier: COU:2543

Scope and Contents

The CU History Collection is a composite collection which includes clippings, reports, ephemera, pamphlets, and brochures. The Collection originated from the donation of Boulder Daily Camera reference files from the Paddock family. The University reference files, of Professor James Field Willard, have been added to these files. Additions of clippings and reports have been made to this collection until 1998, for the purpose of ready reference on University people and buildings. The CU Collection is divided into four sections: I. PEOPLE, II. HISTORIES, III. SUBJECTS, and IV. BUILDINGS.

I. PEOPLE contains alphabetical files on faculty, administrators, staff, students, and personalities. II. HISTORIES contains chronological files on the University establishment, general histories of the University, colleges, and departments. III. SUBJECTS holds historical material on a wide variety of University topics, including awards, campus unrest, communism, maintenance, finance, student activities, anniversaries, calendars, and "Views". IV. BUILDINGS consists of historical master plans and an alphabetical file on individual buildings.


  • Creation: 1877 - 1996

Historical Note

The Paddock Family, long term owners of the Boulder Daily Camera, were longtime supporter of the University of Colorado. Frequently, when they purged their files, they would send Boulder materials to the Boulder Public Library and University of Colorado material to the Archives. Driven by the need to provide reference services on the history of various programs and individuals of the University, Archive staff decided to create a reference collection called CU History boxes, apart from the Paddock photograph collection and a later Paddock Papers Collection These Paddock gifts of clippings, photographs and other reference materials were placed into this reference collection on the history of the University, to which other historical ephemera was added from all sources. From the 1970s through the 1990s, clippings, obituaries, short histories, and other materials were placed into this collection until 1998. Hence, this collection is a composite holding, and not the gift of a single donor.


21 linear feet (52 boxes and 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



The University of Colorado History Collection (CU History Collections) consists of newspaper clippings and pamphlet material relating to the history of the University of Colorado from 1877-1996: its buildings, its faculty, its staff, and its students. Much of the material was contributed by the Paddock Family, owners and editors of the Boulder Daily Camera from 1890 to the 1980s. Since the 1970s, additional clippings and materials have been added to the collection. In addition, the collection contains manuscripts which historically describe certain periods of the University. There are also official administrative and departmental reports of a historical nature. The collection was intended to provide a ready reference source on the history of the University of Colorado.

Custodial History

Gift of Paddock Family, et. al, 1980-1984.

Processed by David M. Hays and Erik Sipila, 1999. Data entry by Josie Fania and Lynn Hildebrand, 2021. Uploaded by Jennifer Sanchez, 2021.
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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