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A Guide to the Edward Musgrove "Ted" Dealey Papers, 1945-1963
Edward Musgrove "Ted" Dealey was born on October 5, 1892, in Dallas, Texas. He earned his BA degree from the University of Texas in 1913 and an MA degree in philosophy from Harvard one year later. He went on to study business at Harvard but left to return to Dallas to accept the position of secretary to Cesar Maurice Lombardi, president of the A. H. Belo Corporation, which published the Dallas Morning News, the Galveston Daily News, and the Texas Almanac. Dealey quickly advanced through the ranks of the industry and corporation, serving as staff correspondent, editorial writer, and then Belo Corporation board member (1926), assistant to the publisher (1928), vice president (1932), and president in 1940. He was publisher and chairman of the board in 1960, remaining as chairman until 1964 and as publisher until 1968.
During World War II, Dealey wrote and published many articles and stories, including dispatches on the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. He additionally served as president of Dallas News Radio Corporation and as member of the board of directors of the Texas Newspaper Publishers Association, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, and the American Newspaper Publishers Association. In 1948 he was the first vice president of the Associated Press. Locally in Dallas, Dealey served as director of the Dallas Historical Society and the State Fair of Texas, along with being organizer, president (1955), and then board chairman (1960) of the Dallas Zoological Society. In this role, he was responsible for wide improvements at the Dallas Zoo, even donating a large library of outdoor and sporting volumes.
Dealey married Clara MacDonald in 1916 and the couple had three children. He later married Trudie Kelley in 1951. He died in Dallas on November 27, 1969.
The Edward Musgrove "Ted" Dealey Papers, 1945-1963, include a photocopied typescript of Dealey's World War II diary, a photostat of the USS Missouri deck log, printed material, short stories, correspondence, and newsclippings. Four pieces of Dealey's published writings are also included, pertaining to the Dallas Morning News, to World War II, to William P. Erwin's airplane the "Dallas Spirit", and to William Greene Sterett, known as "Colonel Bill".
This collection is open for research use.
Edward Musgrove "Ted" Dealey Papers, 1945-1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, June 2015.
Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, August 2016.