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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Lorees Yerby papers
    Collection number: 2242
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6.4 linear ft. (9 boxes, 1 flat box, 2 shoe boxes, and 2 tube boxes)
    Date: ca. 1950s-2000s
    Abstract: Lorees Yerby was a writer of short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. In 1957, she and her husband Mike Dutton opened Coffee House Positano, located in Malibu, California. The collection consists of plays including Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn, short stories, screenplays, photographs, correspondence, and a small amount of research notes related to Our Fathers Trilogy.
    Language of Materials: English
    Physical Location: 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.
    Creator: Yerby, Lorees, 1930-1996

    Restrictions on Access

    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.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the 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.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIO MATERIALS: Audio materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. To review these audio materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lorees Yerby Papers (Collection 2242). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Josephine Castelli, Pandora Castelli, Cynthia Dutton, Karen Dutton, Michael Dutton, Winston Dutton, and Carmen Spera; 2013.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jenifer Becker with assistance from Julie Graham, May 2015.


    Lorees Yerby Dutton was born on January 9, 1930 in San Francisco. In July 1957, she and her second husband Mike Dutton opened Coffee House Positano, located in Malibu, California; the establishment closed in 1963. She wrote short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. In 1963, her one-act play Save Me A Place in Forest Lawn was published. Yeby and third husband Bertrand Castelli produced the satirical film, Richard, about Richard Nixon in 1972. In 1976, she received a Guggenheim Grant for the Our Fathers trilogy (Nero, Mother England, and Abraham). Yerby later moved to Ocean Park, California, where she died in 1996.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials related to the career of writer Lorees Yerby. Included are short stories, plays, screenplays many of which were unpublished and/or unproduced, and a small amount of photographs, and correspondence. Additionally, there is a small number of photographs documenting Coffee House Positano, small amount of research for the project Our Fathers Trilogy and a small number of jottings and written thoughts by Yerby.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7680457 

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged into the following series:
    1. Biographical Information
    2. Coffee House Positano
    3. Correspondence
    4. Plays
    5. Screenplays and Teleplays
    6. Short Stories
    7. Assorted Writings and Notes.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, American--20th century--Archives.