Keith Stimely was born on April 9, 1957, in Connecticut, but grew up in Oregon. He studied at San Jose State University (California) and the University of Oregon, from where he graduated in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in history. He then joined the US Army, serving as a reserve officer.
His interest in revisionist history began in high school, and in 1980 he addressed the second IHR Conference (Pomona College, Calif.) on "The Elements of Revisionism: A Historiographic Survey." He joined the editorial staff of The Journal of Historical Review in June 1982, and served as its chief editor from February 1983 until February 1985. He also compiled the detailed 1981 Revisionist Bibliography (no longer in print, but available on-line).
His essay, "Oswald Spengler: An Introduction to his Life and Ideas," which was written in 1978 for a University of Oregon history class, was published posthumously in the March-April 1998 Journal of Historical Review.
Stimely was for years fascinated with the life and writings of Francis Parker Yockey (1967-1960), author of Imperium. During his lifetime, Stimely compiled a great deal of information about the American philosopher, some of which appeared in Kevin Coogan's detailed 1999 biography of Yockey, Dreamer of the Day.
Stimely was also a gifted artist and pianist. He died in Portland, Oregon, on December 19, 1992.