Skip to main content

III. Scrapbooks


Scope and Content

From the Collection:

The bulk of the papers in the Bob Steele Collection were gathered by Steele's son, Phil Steele, as he prepared to publish Bob Steele's Century, a ten volume compilation about his father. For the most part, they remain in the chronological order Phil Steele initiated. To aid in preservation, the photographs have been moved to a series of their own. The remaining materials have been sorted into the following series: Personal Papers, Scrapbooks, and Radio. Information about Bob's personal and professional lives overlap, particularly in the Scrapbook series. Further descriptions of each series may be found below. Items not used in the publication have, when possible, been added chronologically. The remainder were added to the Topical section of the Radio series. This finding aid also contains a list of the material objects in the collection.


  • 1912 - 2003

Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.


From the Collection: 6.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Bob had a penchant for scrapbooks. He collected newspaper clippings from all aspects of his life, and often captioned the photographs. In the scrapbooks he could mark occasions that he was not able to discuss on the radio, including son Robert’s tenure in the US House of Representatives. The earliest pages contain clippings of his column, "Krazy Kracks from K.C.," published in MotorCycling. There are also programs from the motorcycling races he announced at Hartford’s Bulkeley Stadium. In the late 1930s he wrote a column under the name Prof. Popper. Bob continued writing columns into the 1940s. At that time, photographs of his children are included on the pages as well. There are also many clippings about his work at WTIC and ticket stubs from events attended.

Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA