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Willard Dryden Paddock photographs and papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 848
Scope and Contents

Collection of photographs and papers, chiefly from 1912 to 1941, which document the work of American artist Willard Dryden Paddock and his activities with his wife Charlotte Elizabeth Smith Paddock, as well as related material collected and created by his nieces Mary Steichen Calderone and Charlotte "Kate" Rodina Steichen from 1954 to 1988.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 3 (photographic negatives): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Willard Dryden Paddock Photographs and Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Francesca Calderone-Steichen, 2014 and 2022.


Organized into three series: I. Photographs, 1912-1978. II. Papers, 1929-1988. III. September 2022 Acquistion, 1902.

Associated Materials

Edward Steichen, Photograph Albums of the Steichen Family (YCAL MSS 593). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

1902 - 1988
Majority of material found within 1912 - 1941
0.84 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Related Names
Paddock, Willard Dryden, 1873-1956
Paddock, Charlotte Elizabeth Smith, 1874-1936
Steichen, Charlotte Rodina, 1908-1988
Language of Materials