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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Dick Yale Papers
    Dates: 1913-2002
    Bulk Dates: 1970-1990
    Identification: MS-0541
    Creator: Yale, Richard B. (Dick), 1910-2004
    Physical Description: 10.92 linear ft.
    Alternate Extent Statement: 17 boxes
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: askscua@mail.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Biographical Information:

    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.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Geographic Name:

    Old Town (San Diego, Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.)--History
    San Diego (Calif.)--Pictorial works

    Topical Term:

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

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information:


    Processing Information:

    Lucas Buresch, 2018.

    Conditions Governing Use:

    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.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    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.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    I. Fine Press Printing
    II. Western Americana
    III. San Diego History
    IV. Personal Files
    V. Photographs

    Scope and Contents

    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.