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D. L. Stewart Papers

Identifier: MS-461

Scope and Content

The D.L. Stewart Papers document popular culture and local news stories in Dayton. Through these papers, researchers may gain insight into current events for the past thirty-six years.

Series I, newspaper column, contains thirty-six years of D.L. Stewart's column in the Dayton Daily News. From 1975 to 1987 the column was called "Off the Beat" and sometimes billed as "Off the Road" and "At the Convention" for specialty pieces. Since 1988, the column did not have a name. The collection has remained in original order, and the folder divisions were named by the creator, such as syndicated, non-syndicated, family, and non-family.


  • Creation: 1975-2011


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of D.L. Stewart

D.L Stewart was born in 1942 and graduated from Ohio University in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. After graduation, Stewart worked for the Orrville Courier-Crescent, but soon left for an opportunity to cover sports at The Mansfield News-Journal. After two years Stewart moved to Dayton and began working for the Dayton Daily News. At first Stewart still covered sports, but in 1975 he began writing the "Off the Beat" column three times a week. In 1980 Stewart's column was picked up for syndication and appears in over fifty papers nationwide. The column is a blend of humor and family life, where Stewart discusses his children and "step cat." Stewart is also the author of four books.


3.75 linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection documents the career of Dayton Daily News columnist and Kettering resident, D.L. Stewart. The collection is entirely made up of Stewart's column from 1975 to 2011. The column was nationally syndicated in 1980 and featured over fifty newspapers nationwide. In the column Stewart discusses popular culture, sports, and family in a humorous and sometimes sincere tone. Stewart has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize five times and is the author of four books.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The D.L. Stewart Papers were donated to Wright State University Special Collections and Archives by D.L. Stewart in January 2012.


Accruals are expected for this collection.

Related Material

MS-458 Dayton Daily News Archive


The following publications were written by D.L. Stewart:
  • Stewart, D.L. The Man in the Blue Flannel Pajamas: The Least Bad of D.L. Stewart. Norwalk: Media Ventures, 1977.
  • Stewart, D. L. Fathers Are People Too. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1983.
  • Stewart, D.L. Father Knows Best-Sometimes. New York City: Warner, 1986.
  • Stewart, D.L. Stepfathers Are People Too. Dayton: Dayton Newspaper, 1991.


Guide to the D.L. Stewart Papers (MS-461)
Finding aid prepared by Seanne Finley
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA