Robert V. Steele / Lately Thomas Papers
Collection consists of materials used in the preparation of the following books by Lately Thomas:
- The Vanishing Evangelist (1959)
- A Debonair Scoundrel (1962)
- Sam Ward: King of the Lobby (1965)
- Delmonico's: A Century of Splendor (1967)
- The First President Johnson (1968)
- Between Two Empires (1969)
- The Mayor who Mastered New York (1969)
- Storming Heaven (1970)
The material includes extensive notes, both longhand and typewritten; clippings; books and pamphlets; printer's copy; galley proofs; and correspondence.
In addition to the papers relating to the books, there is included a portion of the very extensive research done for a projected account of the Tom Mooney, Preparedness Parade bombing in San Francisco in 1916, and the subsequent years of legal tussle over Mooney's conviction.
Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
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21.75 Linear Feet (23 boxes)
This collection contains materials used in the preparation of books published by Robert V. Steele under the pseudonym Lately Thomas. Included are extensive notes, both longhand and typewritten, clippings, books and pamphlets, printer's copies, galley proofs, and correspondence.
Robert V. Steele was born on August 24th, 1898 in Waterbury, Connecticut. His father was a Methodist minister. 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, where 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. Robert V. Steele died in San Francisco, California on September 21st, 1976.
This collection is in 23 boxes.
Collection was donated to Special Collections in July 1975 by Robert V. Steele.
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcription of negative photostats found in this collection are available as a PDF.