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Yale, Richard B. (Dick) (1910-2004) | Special Collections & University Archives

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


Historical 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.






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