Willard Dryden Paddock photographs and papers
Scope and Contents
Photographic material in the collection includes a photograph album created by Charlotte Paddock and Kate Steichen that documents activities on a small farm owned by the Paddocks in South Kent, Connecticut, 1912-1936. Other photographs in the collection document sculptures created by Paddock, with many depictions of Sundial, Boy With Spider (1916-1918), an outdoor sculpture and functional sundial that depicts a boy sitting cross-legged with an open scroll in his lap and holding a twig with a spider affixed to the wire that acts as the gnomon.
A small quantity of papers in the collection document some of his sculptures and paintings, including an illustrated catalog of sculptures, as well as programs for exhibitions and dedications, circa 1929-1941. Other papers, 1978-1988, document his nieces' interests in his artwork and the home in South Kent, Connecticut.
- 1912 - 1988
- Majority of material found within 1912 - 1941
Conditions Governing Access
Box 3 (photographic negatives): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
0.84 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
Willard Dryden Paddock (1873-1956)
In 1922, Paddock became an associate member of the National Academy of Design, and the following year he co-founded the Kent Art Association in Kent, Connecticut. Beginning in 1927, he was a member of the faculty at Pratt Institute.
His sculptural work ranged from small whimsical pieces and busts, usually for the Gorham Manufacturing Company in Providence, Rhode Island, to fountains and monumental structures. Paddock is known for his memorials to World War I, which include the War Memorial in Stratford, Connecticut, and a flagpole on the Pratt Institute campus. His other significant works include the Noah Webster Memorial Fountain for Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the Alfred Nobel Memorial at the United Engineering Societies Building in New York City. Paddock also produced a number of paintings.
In 1902, Paddock married Charlotte Elizabeth Smith Paddock (1874-1936), the daughter of John Randolph Smith (1836-1917) and Frances R. Keet Smith (1844-1939). Her younger sister was Clara Emma Smith Steichen (1875-1952), who was married to Edward Jean Steichen (1879-1973) from 1903 until their divorce in 1922. Around 1912, the Paddocks moved to a small farm at 28 Spooner Hill Road in South Kent, Connecticut, where he also maintained a studio. Their nieces Mary Steichen Calderone (1904-1998) and Charlotte "Kate" Rodina Steichen (1908-1988) would often visit the farm. After the death of his wife, Paddock returned to New York City, where he lived until his death.
- Calderone, Mary Steichen, 1904-1998
- Connecticut -- Pictorial works
- Paddock family -- Pictorial works
- Paddock, Charlotte Elizabeth Smith, 1874-1936
- Paddock, Willard Dryden, 1873-1956
- Photograph albums
- Photographic prints
- Sculptors -- Connecticut -- 20th Century
- Sculpture -- Pictorial works
- South Kent (Conn.) -- Pictorial works
- Steichen family -- Pictorial works
- Steichen, Charlotte Rodina, 1908-1988
- Sundials -- Pictorial works
- Guide to the Willard Dryden Paddock Photographs and Papers
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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