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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.


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

American Western Life
Letterpress Printing
Old Town (San Diego, Calif.)
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (Calif.)
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],

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".

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],

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