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Jay Ruby Collection on Coffee House Positano, circa 1950-1960s LSC.2214
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  • Conditions on Access
  • Conditions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material
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  • Title: Jay Ruby Collection on Coffee House Positano
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2214
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.2 linear feet (1 half box, 1 oversize flat box, 1 painting, 1 table)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1950-1960s
    Abstract: Coffee House Positano was a Malibu café and performance space (1957-1963) operated by Mike Dutton and Lorees Yerby off the Pacific Coast Highway. The café was known as a center of Bohemian life in Southern California. Collection was assembled by Jay Ruby and contains photographs, original and photocopies/printed scans of Positano bulletins and announcements, correspondence of waitress Joan Laine, and various ephemera related to the Positano and Malibu bohemian community.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Portions of the collection stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information. Chess table held in map room on B-level; painting held in Cashin storage area on B-level
    Creator: Jay Ruby

    Conditions on Access

    PORTIONS OF COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Conditions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jay Ruby Collection on Coffee House Positano (Collection 2214). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jay Ruby, 2012. Gift of Joan Laine, 2014.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Scott Reed in 2016 under the supervision of Courtney Dean in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT). 

    Biography/History

    Coffee House Positano was a Malibu café and performance space (1957-1963) operated by Mike Dutton and Lorees Yerby off the Pacific Coast Highway. The café was known as a center of Bohemian life in Southern California and was frequented by notable Los Angeles artists, writers, and entertainment industry types including Allen Ginsberg, Ray Bradbury, and Keith Finch. Jay Ruby was an undergraduate at UCLA and worked as a dishwasher at Positano while living on the property from 1957-1959, in addition to participating in the community. After the closing of the café, the property transformed into the Budwood artists colony until the 1993 Malibu fire consumed the property.
    Ruby later became a professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Temple University, and has researched and wrote extensively on Positano. Joan Laine was a waitress at Coffee Shop Positano (1957-1959).
    Source: http://www.malibutimes.com/malibu_life/article_3d0d3bdf-4267-50fb-a6c8-6d6fee3654e4.html

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials compiled by Jay Ruby documenting the history of Coffee House Positano and its related community of artists and patrons. Included are photographs, original and photocopies/printed scans of Positano bulletins and announcements, art and performance ephemera, correspondence, artworks, and furniture.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The materials have retained their original folder organization from Jay Ruby.

    Related Material

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 8027818 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Coffee House Positano.
    Artists--California--Los Angeles.
    Bohemianism--California--Malibu.
    Coffeehouses--California--Malibu.
    Counterculture--California--Malibu
    Malibu (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century.