Lorees Yerby papers

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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

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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.

Biography/History

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.

Container List

 

Biographical Information. undated and 1978.

Scope and Content

The series consists of photocopied and original clippings containing career and biographical information, handmade telephone book, and obituary for Michael Dutton. There is no specific arrangement to the series.
Box 1, Folder 3

Lorees Yerby biographical materials. no date.

Box 1, Folder 4

Lorees Yerby press clippings. no date.

Box 1, Folder 5

Mike Dutton obituary from Telegram Tribute. no date.

Box 1, Folder 11

Slides (from box labeled Our gang). 1978.

Box 1, Folder 2

Telephone book (handmade). no date.

 

Coffee House Positano. undated.

Scope and Content

The series consists of one file of photographs and a mailer for Coffee House Positano.
Box 1, file 6

Coffee House Positano related photographs and mailer. no date.

 

Correspondence. undated, 1951, 1962-1964, and 1979-ca. 1990s.

Scope and Content

The series consists of photocopied and originals letters to and from Lorees Yerby. Among the correspondents are Bertrand Castelli, Mike Dutton, David Walker, and Audrey Wood among others. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 13

Letters from Lorees Yerby. 1951, 1992, and no date.

Box 1, Folder 7

Letters from Lorees Yerby to Mike Dutton. no date.

Box 1, Folder 12

Letters related to Bertrand Castelli. 1988-1990 and no date.

Box 1, Folder 8

Letters to Lorees Yerby. 1980s-1990s.

Box 1, Folder 9

Letters to Lorees Yerby from David Walker. 1990s.

Box 7, Folder 16

Letters to Lorees Yerby from Audrey Wood. 1962-1964, 1979.

 

Plays. 1954-1955, 1961, 1973, and 1988-2002.

Scope and Content

The bulk of the series consists of scripts. Additionally included is a small number of letters, contracts, and royalty payments related to Yerby’s work Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn, some of which documents attempts for its production after Yerby’s death. The series is arranged in alphabetically by project title.
Box 3, Folder 4

Archesporium. 1989.

Box 3, Folder 2

How to Make the Sun Rise. 1973, 1986.

Box 2, Folder 14

The Golden Bull of Boredom. [1955?].

Box 2, Folder 13

The Last Minstrel. [1955?].

Box 3, Folder 3

A Modern Ecstasy. 1988.

Box 3, Folder 5

Money Talks. 1992.

Box 3, Folder 1

Penchant for Listening (third act). [1961?].

Box 4, Folders 16-20

Ragged Dick (5 folders). c. 1964.

Box 2, Folders 1-12, Box 7, Folder 1-2

Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn (14 folders). 1986-2002.

Scope and Content

Typescripts, contracts, treatments for television, and correspondence.
Box 3, Folder 6

Sorrow's Kiss. 1995.

Box 7, Folder 6

Snow White, The Opera. 1987.

 

Screenplays and Teleplays. undated, 1972, 1977, and ca. 1980s-1990s.

Scope and Content

The bulk of the series consists of scripts representing projects written Yerby, including the Our Fathers trilogy and Richard among others. Additionally included is a small amount of research materials and audio visual materials and a small number of letters, contracts, and royalty payments. The series is arranged in alphabetically by project title. Audio visual materials are restricted and require advance notice for use.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

SERIES 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.
Box 14, Box 11, Box 6, Folder 13-14, Box 13

Abraham (Part Three of Our Fathers Trilogy) (2 folders). ca. 1994.

Box 7, Folder 13

Devils. 1982.

Box 5, Folder 1, Box 4, Folders 21, Box 4, Folder 13

Farewell, Youth (3 folders). no date.

Box 4, Folder 14

Mr. Lincoln's War. no date.

Box 11, Box 6, Folders 6-12, Box 9, Box 13

Mother England (Part Two of Our Fathers Trilogy) (7 folders). 1989.

Box 5, Folders 2-11, Box 6, Folders 1-4, Box 1, Folder 10, Box 11, Box 10 , Box 9

Nero (Part One of Our Fathers Trilogy) (15 folders, 18 casette tapes, index cards, sheet music, and 1 roll). 1977, 1986-1988.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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.
Box 4, Folder 15

Untitled filmplay (Tentative Title: To Walk a Plank). no date.

Box 7, Folder 3

Pickpocket Lover. 1989.

Box 12, Box 7, Folder 5

Richard (1 folder and cd and vhs). 1972.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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.
 

Short Stories. 1971-1975, 1980-1982, and 1988-1992.

Scope and Content

The series consists of published and unpublished short stories and a small number of letters and contracts. Included are The Boy Who Would Be Emperor, A Fairy Tale, and Lillian among others. The series is arranged in alphabetically by project title.
Box 7, Folder 8

All Die Laughing. no date.

Box 3, Folder 20

April's Fool. 1988.

Box 3, Folder 19

At The Sidewalk Cafe. 1982.

Box 4, Folder 2

Beijing Boogie or Mao's Last Nightmare. 1988.

Box 3, Folder 17

Boy Meets Girl. 1981.

Box 3, Folder 9

The Boy Who Would Be Emperor in Cosmopolitan Magazine. 1974 Jul.

Box 3, Folder 8

Brenda Starr and Her Quest for the Father of Rock. 1974.

Box 3, Folder 7

Ciao, Tita (4 copies). 1974, 1992.

Box 3, Folder 16

City Life. 1981.

Box 4, Folder 10

Crime and Impotence. 1992.

Box 7, Folder 7

A Day In the Sex of Life. no date.

Box 3, Folder 15

Dying in the East Sixties. 1981.

Box 3, Folder 10

A Fairy Tale in Cosmopolitan Magazine. 1974 Nov.

Box 3, Folder 18

The Faithful Listen to the Gravity of Love. 1988.

Box 4, Folder 1

Flight of the Bumble Bee. 1988.

Box 4, Folder 7

For Yule. 1988.

Box 4, Folder 12

Gentlemen Prefer Bombs.

Box 4, Folder 9

Letters from Mississippi (2 copies). 1991.

Box 3, Folder 11

Lillian: Or One Week in the Life of a Good Secretary in Cosmopolitan Magazine. 1976 Jan.

Box 7, Folder 12

A Manifesto for the Majority. no date.

Box 7, Folder 11

A Modest Proposal. no date.

Box 4, Folder 8

A Monologue on the Self. 1989.

Box 4, Folder 3

One At A Time, Please. 1988.

Box 4, Folder 4

Only Shadows Know. 1988.

Box 3, Folder 13

Past Redemption: A Story for Heavy Drinkers. 1974.

Box 7, Folder 9

Rape of the Soul and Cry of the Dead. no date.

Box 3, Folder 12

A Soldier's Story. 1980.

Box 3, Folder 14

Soul Pudding. 1981.

Box 4, Folder 6

The Tao of Cancer. 1988.

Box 4, Folder 5

Wise Men Never Try. 1988.

Box 4, Folder 11

Wow Me. no date.

 

Assorted Writings and Notes. undated and 1959-1995.

Scope and Content

The series consists of random writings, jottings, and notes. Additionally included is what appears to be drafts of letters written by Yerby. The files are arranged in alphabetically by loose geographic location where the writings originated.
Box 8, Folder 2

Arcadia Terrace. 1976-1979.

Box 7, Folder 14

Assorted writings and notes. c. 1959-1960.

Box 8, Folder 11

Assorted writings and notes. c. 1990s.

Box 8, Folder 12

Biloxi, Mississippi. 1991-1992.

Box 8, Folder 9

Coming Comic California. 1989.

Box 7, Folder 17

Copyright registrations for various works. c. early 1960s.

Box 7, file 15

The Culpepper Tree writings and notes. c. early 1960s.

Box 7undated and 1978, Folder 4

Dracula notes. no date.

Box 7, Folder 18

Emotional Alphabet (The). no date.

Box 8, Folder 5

Hyde Street. 1983-1985.

Box 1, Folder 1

Journal. 1987-1992.

Box 7, Box 19

Pass Christian, Mississippi. 1974-1975.

Box 8, Folder 6

Princeton. 1985-1986.

Box 8, Folder 3

Rancho Santa Fe Ashville. 1981-1982.

Box 8, Folder 7

Riviera Avenue. 1986-1988.

Box 8, Folder 8

Robert Briffault, The Mothers. 1987.

Box 8, Folder 1

San Francisco. 1975.

Box 8, Folder 10

Second Street. 1989-1990.

Box 8, Folder 13

Second Street. 1994-1995.

Box 8, Folder 4

Shangri-La. 1982-1983.

Box 7, Folder 10

Tao in the Kitchen. no date.