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Skipper Steely Collection

Identifier: 2008.007

Scope and Contents

This is an ongoing collection defined to the file level, with acquisitions from 1992 and 2018 so far. While this collection contains materials related to Texas and United States history, the majority of the materials concern Paris and Lamar County, Texas. The 1992 acquisition is divided into three broad series: subject files, research files, and family files. The 2018 acquisition contains similar materials but the files are organized alphabetically only, without separating subject, research or family files.


  • 1816 - 1990


Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Skipper Steely is an author, researcher, genealogist, newspaper editor, and publisher from Paris, Texas. Steely graduated from Paris High School in 1964. He attended East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) and received a B.S. in business/journalism in 1968 and an M.S. in journalism/business in 1970.

After college he spent time with the United States Air Force as an information and recruitment officer before he entered the newspaper business. He first began to write and publish books in 1980. He established Wright Press, and in 1990, began a full-time career as an author. Steely has since published numerous fiction, non-fiction, and biographical works. His articles have been published in The Paris News, Lamar County Echo, Dallas Times Herald, Texas East Times, Commerce Citizen, Wolfe City Sun, Cooper Review, and East Texas Historical Journal. Many of his books are focused on the history of Texas and Lamar County and include Pat Mayse: The Life and Times of a Texas Publisher, Six Months from Tennessee, Charles DeMorse: Father of Texas Journalism, Forty Seven Years, John Chisum, and Northeast Texas Pioneers. Steely also edited Backward Glances, a multi-volume set of A.W. Neville's "Backward Glances" columns from The Paris News.


23 Linear Feet (Records Center boxes)

Language of Materials


Skipper Steely Collection
Dr. James Conrad; Andrea Weddle; James Hall
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository