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Lately Thomas [Robert V. Steele] Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0831

This collection houses correspondence, photographs, notebooks, and manuscripts documenting three of Lately Thomas' works: Storming Heaven (1970), A Pride of Lions (1971), and When Even Angels Wept: the Senator Joseph McCarthy affair (1973).

Dates

  • 1944-1975

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses correspondence, photographs, notebooks, and manuscripts documenting three of Lately Thomas' works: Storming Heaven (1970), A Pride of Lions (1971), and When Even Angels Wept: the Senator Joseph McCarthy affair (1973).

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert V. Steele was born in 1898 in Waterbury, Connecticut. His father was a Methodist minister and later a general church officer. Steele briefly served in the U. S. Marine Corps (1918-1919) but did not see overseas action. In 1955, he was employed by the Los Angeles Times. In this position he began investigating the career of Aimee Semple McPherson. The story of her 1926 so-called kidnapping affair was told in Steele's book The Vanishing Evangelist (1959). This publication also marked the first time Steele used the pseudonym Lately Thomas.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two boxes divided into two series:

  1. Series I: Correspondence, Photographs, and Notebooks
  2. Series II: Notebooks, Manuscripts, and Other

Acquisition Note

This collection was given to Special Collections by Robert V. Steele in 1976.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.0700: The Robert V. Steele / Lately Thomas Papers.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480