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Alva A. Paddock Papers

Identifier: WH2041

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a selection of materials assembled by A.A. Paddock: photographs of Phillip Gomer, Denver lumber dealer; portraits of the Colorado Fifteenth Assembly, House of Representatives (1905-1906); panoramic photographic print of the Jolly Bachelor's Outing at Starbuck Park (1915); architectural drawings of the Family Apartment Court, Clermont Street, Denver, Colorado (1944); and a Charter Application, Army and Navy Union (undated).


  • 1905-1944


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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 / Historical

Alva A. (A.A.) Paddock was the son of Lucius Carver (L.C.) Paddock (1859-1940), editor and publisher of the Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado from 1892 until 1940. Alva was named for his father's friend Alva Adams, a Pueblo businessman and Democrat who served three terms as governor of Colorado. A.A. Paddock joined the staff of the Daily Camera in 1910. Following the death of his father in 1940, he succeeded as editor and publisher of the paper. In the 1920s, after he returned from fighting in World War I, Paddock started accepting "anything anyone would give him." He collected photographs and other materials relating to Boulder, Colorado history. In the 1930s, the Daily Camera library was established when Paddock began clipping articles from the newspaper to save. He helped form the Boulder Historical Society in the 1940s with the materials he had been collecting. A.A. Paddock retired as editor for the Daily Camera in 1960, but remained as publisher until his death in 1961.


1 oversize file folder(s)

Custodial History

Collection was transferred from Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, Boulder Public Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Marti Anderson, 2008.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.


Biographical information derived from a Boulder Daily Camera news story.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States