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Dick Yale Papers, 1913-2002 | Special Collections & University Archives

By Lucas Buresch

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Collection Overview

Title: Dick Yale Papers, 1913-2002Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1970-1990

Primary Creator: Yale, Richard B. (Dick) (1910-2004)

Extent: 10.92 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

I. Fine Press Printing

II. Western Americana

III. San Diego History

IV. Personal Files

V. Photographs

Date Acquired: 00/00/2002

Subjects: Americana, American Western Life, Bibliography, Letterpress Printing, Old Town (San Diego, Calif.), Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (Calif.), Printing--History, San Diego (Calif.)--History, San Diego (Calif.)--Pictorial works

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dick Yale Papers (1913-2002) includes material related to Dick Yale’s interests in the fine press printing, the history of printing and newspapers, San Diego area history, and Western Americana.  The collection consists of a wide variety of materials, including: fine press ephemera, newspapers, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, films, printing artifacts and memorabilia. The collection is organized into five series: Fine Press Printing, Western Americana, San Diego History, Personal Files, Photographs.

The Fine Press Printing (1930-2002), arranged alphabetically, series includes announcements, ephemera, and fine press keepsakes from bibliophilic organizations, such as the Book Club of California, Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs, and various academic libraries friends groups. This series also includes two undated manuscripts by Dick Yale, “California’s Pioneer Presses from Z to A and B!”, and “History of American Wood Type and its Uses”.

The Western Americana series (1913-2001), arranged alphabetically, includes material related to Yale’s interest in the American West, including files on the Westerners, E Clampus Vitus (the Clampers), and manuscripts of essays and screenplays.

The San Diego History series (1929-2002), arranged alphabetically, includes files and artifacts related Yale’s interest in San Diego area history.  The San Diego area newspaper sports writer and Agua Caliente race track publicist Ken Bojens is also represented in this series. The Bojens material includes: correspondence and photographs with J. Edgar Hoover at the Agua Caliente race track, a file on the 50th reunion of San Diego High School’s Class of 1929 (1979), and two 16mm films (Kickin’ It Around and Grunts and Groans) attributed to Bojens.

The Personal Files (1940-2001) documents Yale’s military service during World War II, and inclues personal correspondence, family history, etc. This series follows Yale's arrangement of the files. Also included here is Yale's camera case and camera equipment, ca. 1950s-1960s.

The series of Photographs (1940-1990), arranged alphabetically, includes a large collection of photos of events at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Yale’s curatorship of the San Diego Union Newspaper Museum, photos of Westerners and E Clampus Vitus member events.  Yale’s work as a photographer in the early 1950s is represented by photos of Al Bahr Shriner events and members, photos of professional baseball players from several southern California teams, and photos of Baja California. Also included here are Yale’s photos of the Navy’s Radio and Sound Laboratory on Point Loma during World War II.

Biographical Note

Richard B. (Dick) Yale was a historian, publisher, printer, photographer and bibliophile. Yale was born in Waynesfield, Ohio on December 11, 1910. In 1931 Yale married his wife Juanita. During the 1930s Yale was a correspondent for the Associated Press in Ohio. Yale came to San Diego during World War II, where he served with the Navy’s Radio and Sound Lab on Point Loma.  Yale worked as a photographer during the 1940s and early 1950s. He then pursued a career in printing and operated the Yale Printing and Lithograph Co., at 330 “G” Street, during the 1950s-1960s.

From 1967 to his retirement in 1989 Yale was curator of the San Diego Union Newspaper Museum in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (2626 San Diego Avenue). The museum recreated a mid-nineteenth century newspaper pressroom, with working printing presses, cases of letterpress type, and hand-cut wood type. Yale was a colorful character, often dressing in period nineteenth century clothing, and was named the Honorary Mayor of Old Town.

Yale was a bibliophile and member of the Zamorano Club, with a special interest in the history of frontier printing and newspapers in the old west, and wood type. He was a member of several historical associations, including the Westerners (San Diego Corral), E Clampus Vitus (Clampers), Cabrillo Historical Association, First San Diego Courthouses, Inc., and the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Firehouse Museum.

Yale’s wife Juanita died in 1991. Dick Yale died on December 29, 2004 at age 94, at a veterans home in Aurora, Colorado.

Subject/Index Terms

Americana
American Western Life
Bibliography
Letterpress Printing
Old Town (San Diego, Calif.)
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (Calif.)
Printing--History
San Diego (Calif.)--History
San Diego (Calif.)--Pictorial works

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 17 boxes

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Richard B. Yale Jr.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Dick Yale Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Processing Information: Lucas Buresch, 2018.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Fine Press Printing, 1930-2002],
[Series 2: Western Americana, 1913-2001],
[Series 3: San Diego History, 1929-2002],
[Series 4: Personal Files, 1940-2001],
[Series 5: Photographs, 1940-1990],
[All]

Series 1: Fine Press Printing, 1930-2002Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Book Club of California, Announcements, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Misc., 1930s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Early California Firehouses and Equipment, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Vignettes in California Medicine, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Early California Stock Certificates, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Mountain Passes and Trails of California, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, California Printing, Part 1-2, 1981-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Breadbasket of the World, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Lithographic Views of California Towns, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Sports in California, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Portfolio of Book Club Printers, 1962-1987, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, California’s Wayside Inns, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Chinese Book Arts and California, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, California Avifauna, 1990Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Early California Trade Catalogues, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, California and the Civil War, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Hand Book Binding in California, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Book Club of California, Keepsakes, Treasures of the Book Club Library, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Book Club of California, Seventy Years: A Checklist of Book Club Publications, 1914-1983, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Book Club of California, California Flora, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: California Center for the Book, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Fellowship of American Bibliophile Societies, Newsletters, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Grolier Club, Publications in Print, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Historical Society of Southern California, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Huntington Library, Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Occidental College Library, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, 1970s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library, 1970s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library, Annual Meetings, 1970s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library, Exhibition Catalogs, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library, Exhibition Catalogs, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: UCLA Clark Memorial Library, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Yale University Library, Publications, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Zamorano Club, 1970-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Zamorano Club, 1970-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Zamorano Club, Announcements, 1970s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: A Zamorano Roster, 1934, Joint Meeting of Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs, 1994 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Fine Press Printers, Announcements, Catalogs, Ephemera, 1970s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Fine Press Printers, Announcements, Catalogs, Ephemera, 1970s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Edwin Todd, Nectar and Wormwood, Manuscript and Correspondence, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Herschel C. Logan, Printing Press Scrapbook, ca. 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Wood Type and Typefaces, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6-7: Central Type Setting Company, San Diego, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Western Printer and Lithographer, Los Angeles, 1951-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: History of Printing in California, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: California’s Pioneer Presses from Z to A and B!, by Richard B. Yale, Manuscript, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: History of American Wood Type and its Uses, by Richard B. Yale, Manuscript, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Roby Wentz, Calendar of Western Printing History, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Duplicates of Type Specimen Books, American Type Founders Company, 1934Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Lightning Express Printing Plate, undatedAdd to your cart.
Steel printing plate mounted on wood. 11x16.5 inches.
Item 2: Printing Chase with Quions and Type, undatedAdd to your cart.
12.5x17 inches.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Fine Press Printing Broadsides, and Ephemera, ca. 1950s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Includes various examples of fine press printing, broadsides, and ephemera. 16x20 inches or smaller.
Series 2: Western Americana, 1913-2001Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Arizona Ringer, An Original Screenplay, by Gene Gregston and Hank Zegler, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Ballad of Yankee Jim, by Frances Bardacke, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Battle of San Pasqual, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Henry H. Clifford, 1966-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Duke’s Hollywood Cowboys, John Wayne, 1997Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Frontier Newspapers of the West, Manuscript, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-3: E Clampus Vitus, 1960s-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Harry Oliver’s Desert Rat Scrapbook, ca. 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Memoirs of a Massagie Man, by Bob Snowbear Specter, Manuscript, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: James Ohio Pattie, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Pioneer Consolidated Mines Company, Stock Certificates, 1913-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Trail Maps, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Western Americana, Ephemera, 1950s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Westerners, Los Angeles Corral, 1988-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Westerners, San Diego Corral, 1980s-2001Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Yankee Journalist at the Southwest Corner, USA, San Diego Herald, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Yankee Journalist at the Southwest Corner, USA, San Diego Herald, undatedAdd to your cart.
Flat File 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Circus poster, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 3: San Diego History, 1929-2002Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Al Bahr Meter Newsletters, Al Bahr Shrine, San Diego, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Ken Bojens, 1929-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ken Bojens, Correspondence and Photographs with J. Edgar Hoover, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 6-7: Cabrillo Historical Association, 1961-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Camp Snitcher, Newsletter, Camp Marston, Pine Hills, CA, 1928 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Richard Cerutti Research on Crespi and Serra Campsites and Old Trails of San Diego, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Chronological History of San Diego, California, 1542-1990, by Richard B. Yale, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: James S. Copley, Remembrance and Library, 1973-1983Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: First San Diego Courthouses, Inc., 1992-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Horton Water Tower, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Julian Historical Society, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 1966-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Old Town San Diego Dioramas, John Toigo, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Old Town San Diego News Clippings, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Pioneer Hook and Ladder, Firehouse Museum, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: San Diego High School Alumni, Class of 1929 50th Reunion, 1929-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: San Diego Police: A Look Back, by Pliny Castanien, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 10: San Diego Press Club, Betty Johnston Correspondence, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 11: San Diego Union Newspaper Museum, Old Town San Diego, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: San Diego Union/Tribune Type Faces, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Utility Pole Section with Glass Insulator, 1971Add to your cart.
"A Part of San Diego's History: Part of a pole removed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company in converting its lines to underground in Old Town, May 13, 1971".
Item 2: Big Brothers, San Diego County Ceramic Tile, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Fiesta de la Primavera, Old Town State Historic Park, Ceramic Tile, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 4: Westerners, Los Angeles Corral, Ceramic Tile, ca. 1986Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: Kickin It Around, Paragon Pictures, undatedAdd to your cart.
16mm black and white film.  Leader is marked "Ken Bojens #6".
Item 2: Grunts and Groans, Paragon Pictures, undatedAdd to your cart.
16mm black and white film.  Leader is marked "Ken Bojens #7".
Series 4: Personal Files, 1940-2001Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Dick Yale, Portraits, 1970s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Dick Yale’s 90th Birthday, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Personal Correspondence, 1970-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Military Service Records, 1940s-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Yale Printing and Lithograph Co., 1954-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Yale Family Genealogy, 1960s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Yale Family Photographs, ca. 1920s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: Richard B. Yale, Honorary Mayor, Old Town San Diego, Wood Plaque, undatedAdd to your cart.
9.5x17.5 inches.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: Camera case and camera equipment, ca. 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
Series 5: Photographs, 1940-1990Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Al Bahr Shriners, San Diego, ca. 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white photographs.
Folder 10: Al Bahr Shriners, San Diego, ca. 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white photographs.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Al Bahr Shriners, San Diego, ca. 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white photographs.
Folder 2: Archaeological Excavations, 1973Add to your cart.
35mm color slides.
Folder 3: Neil Armstrong, Homecoming, Wapaoneta, Ohio, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
4x6 color prints, 35mm color negatives, (1) 5x7 black and white print, autographed by Neil Armstrong.
Folder 4: Baja California, ca. 1950sAdd to your cart.
4x5 black and white negatives, and 4x5 black and white proof prints.
Folder 5: Baja California, San Luis Bay, Aerial Photographs, ca. 1950sAdd to your cart.
4x5 black and white negatives, and 4x5 black and white proof prints.
Folder 6: Baseball Players, ca. 1950sAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white contact proof prints, and 120 format black and white negatives.
Folder 7: Baseball Players, ca. 1950sAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white contact proof prints, and 120 format black and white negatives.
Folder 8: Battle Reenactment, San Diego Harbor, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
35mm color slides.
Folder 9: Desert Resort and Landscapes, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: E Clampus Vitus, Squibob Chapter, 1972 MayAdd to your cart.
35mm color slides.
Folder 11: Old Town San Diego, Copy Photographs, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
35mm slides, and (1) 8x10 black and white print, presented to Dick Yale by the Kiwanis Club of Old San Diego, 1963.
Folder 12: Old Town San Diego, Copy Photographs, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
4x5 black and white negatives.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Old Town San Diego, Photographs ca. 1880s-1910s from the C.C. Pierce Collection, Huntington Library, 1967Add to your cart.
8x10 black and white prints.
Folder 2: Old Town San Diego, Photographs, 1970s-1990sAdd to your cart.
8x10 and 4x6 black and white and color photographs; 35mm color slides; 35mm and 4x5 negatives.
Folder 3: Old Town San Diego, Photographs, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs, 35mm negatives.
Folder 4: Old Town San Diego, Photographs, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs, 35mm negatives.
Folder 5: Old Town San Diego, Photographs, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs, 35mm negatives.
Folder 6: Old Town San Diego, Photographs, 1980 MayAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs, 35mm negatives.
Folder 7: Old Town San Diego and Point Loma, Photographs, 1978 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
35mm color slides.
Folder 8: Old Town San Diego, Printing Press Delivery, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs.
Folder 9: Old Town San Diego, San Diego Union Newspaper Museum, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs.
Folder 10: Printing Presses, undatedAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs.
Folder 11: San Diego, New Town, Horton’s Addition, Copy Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white photographs.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: San Diego Union Newspaper Offices, undatedAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white photographs.
Folder 2: Solvang, CA, 1970sAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs, 35mm negatives.
Folder 3: U.S. Navy, Radio and Sound Laboratory, Point Loma, San Diego, 1940sAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white photographs.
Folder 4: U.S. Navy, Radio and Sound Laboratory, Point Loma, San Diego, 1940sAdd to your cart.
8x10 black and white photographs.
Folder 5: Westerns, Los Angeles Corral, Events and Meetings, 1970sAdd to your cart.
5x7 and smaller color photographs; 35mm color slides; 35mm negatives.
Folder 6: Western Ghost Towns and Mining Sites, 1970sAdd to your cart.
4x6 color photographs, 35mm color slides.
Folder 7: Unidentified Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Various formats, 8x10 and smaller black and white and color prints, 35mm color slides.
Folder 8: Unidentified Photo Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Photo Negative Log Book, 1951-1953Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Panoramic Aerial Photograph of Baja California Coast, ca. 1950sAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: NewspapersAdd to your cart.
Includes photographic reproductions of various issues of the San Diego Union newspaper (11x14 inches); reproductions of the Waynesfield Chronicle printed by Yale Bros. Inc., 1996; and reproductions of The Illustrated San Diego Herald (1953).
Folder 2: Dick Yale Portraits, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Includes 16x20 or smaller black and white photographic prints; one photo-collage; and one pastel sketch.
Folder 3: San Diego Photographs, 1950s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Includes 16x20 or smaller black and white prints.
Folder 4: Unidentified Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes 11x14 or smaller black and white photographs.

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[Series 1: Fine Press Printing, 1930-2002],
[Series 2: Western Americana, 1913-2001],
[Series 3: San Diego History, 1929-2002],
[Series 4: Personal Files, 1940-2001],
[Series 5: Photographs, 1940-1990],
[All]


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