The Joseph R. Paquette Poetry Collection contains over 290 poems written by Paquette between 1979 and 1990 during his later
years as a longtime Yosemite Park and Curry Company employee. The majority of the poems in the collection are influenced by
the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park. The collection is comprised of 289 unique poems, with four unpublished bound
books containing poetry written by Paquette.
Born in Fall River, Massachusetts on February 20, 1922, Joseph R. Paquette attended Syracuse University where he trained his
voice in opera. He was in the United States Marine Corps, before gaining employment at Yellowstone National Park for eleven
years. He began employment with the Yosemite Park and Curry Company on April 26, 1959, where he worked as the manager of the
Yosemite Lodge storeroom.2 He worked in the park for over twenty nine years, where he also held frequent opera appreciation
In 1979, Paquette was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and became very religious as a result of the diagnosis. He then began
to write poetry influenced by nature and religion. Paquette died on June 3, 1999, and is buried at Saint Joseph’s Catholic
Church Cemetery in Mariposa, California.