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East Texan Lite and Least Texan Collection

Identifier: 2011.08

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the following issues of the East Texan Lite: Volume 1, Issues 1-2, 4; Volume 2, Issues 1-7; Volume 3, Issues 1, 3-5; Volume 4, Issue 1; Volume 5, Issues 1,3.

The following issues of The Least Texan are also included: Volume 1, Issues 1-2; Volume 2, Issues 1-7; and Volume 3, Issue 1.


  • Creation: 1989-1995, inclusive

Restrictions on Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Historical Note

The East Texan Lite and The Least Texan were two underground newspapers operated by anonymous East Texas State University students from 1989-1995. The East Texan Lite was first issued on March 8, 1989, under the headline "The East Texan Lite: A third less competent than the regular East Texan." The newspaper contained satirical articles regarding campus events, some real and some fabricated. It is possible that many of the fabricated stories were loosely based on actual campus occurrences. The anonymous editor, "Bob," along with other student writers harshly criticized the official campus newspaper, The East Texan, and its writing staff accusing them of providing a slanted, one-sided view of campus events. The East Texan Lite ceased publication after the Spring 1991 semester.

The East Texan Lite was revived on October 20, 1993, as The Least Texan. The disclaimer to the first issue reads:

I’m Bob, and I am happy to provide the disclaimer to another ET foray into underground journalism. Having had a couple of years to age on the shelf (and in the University Archives), the youthful must of the ET LITE has matured into the dark, full-bodied vintage of the Least Texan. Inhale the audacity of our very existence, savor the palette of our wit on your tongue, and drink deeply our unorthodox (and, therefore, more reliable) point of view…

The Least Texan continued the satire of The East Texan Lite for two years. The last issue available in this collection is from January 23, 1995. It is not known if additional issues were published.


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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Related Archival Materials

The official campus newspaper, The East Texan, is available in the Special Collections Department. The newspaper is also available in the Microform/Microfilm Collection.

East Texan Lite and Least Texan Collection
Andrea Ellis Weddle
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Repository Details

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