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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.

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]


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