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John B. Reubens papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 686

Scope and Contents

The John B. Reubens papers contains material documenting the professional life of American author and editor John B. Reubens. Reubens settled in the American West after serving in the U.S. Army in the 1940s, and the papers document his professional activities as a newspaper reporter, technical writer, and author from the 1950s onward. Materials include drafts of writings, correspondence, personal papers, and subject files on such topics as fishing and fly fishing and environmental issues in Montana and Wyoming.


  • 1902 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1952 - 1998


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 12 (computer disk): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The John B. Reubens Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ragen MacKenzie on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2000.


Organized into seven groupings: Writings, 1968-1997. Writings on Fishing, 1960-1990. General Correspondence, 1952-2000. Personal/Family Correspondence, 1942-1995. Writings on Fly Fishing and Related Articles, 1949-1977. Notebooks, 1940-1993. Subject Files and Writings, 1902-1999.


11.21 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Correspondence, writings, subject files, notebooks and slides.

John B. Reubens

John B. Reubens, born July 11, 1917 in New York City to Raymond and Harriet (Stern) Reubens, was educated at the Horace Mann School (1935) in New York, Yale University (1939), and Columbia University (1942). After earning his law degree in 1942 he entered the family law firm of Stern and Reubens. Reubens joined the U.S. Army the same year and served in the 82nd Airborne and Sixth Armored Division Infantry until 1945. He returned to law practice from 1945 to 1952, when he moved his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the next 40 years he worked in various writing-related jobs, as a reporter, editor, and contributing writer at newspapers and managing editor for engineering and technical magazines. Reubens also wrote articles on fishing and fly fishing, fiction, and film scripts. After spending time in Mexico during the 1960s and 1970s, Reubens and his family settled in Montana in 1978, where he wrote a weekly column for a Livingston paper and advocated for local environmental concerns. He and his wife Madonna "Hap" Curran had small roles in the popular 1992 film A River Runs Through It, filmed in parts of Montana and Wyoming. Reubens died July 1, 1999 in Livingston, Montana.

Biographical information taken from obituary published in the Livingston Enterprise, July 15, 1999.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization. As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Former call number: Uncat MSS 83.

Guide to the John B. Reubens Papers
by Beinecke staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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