Davis, Dorothy Salisbury (1916-2014)
Scope:
The Dorothy Salisbury Davis collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, legal material, notebooks, correspondence, and professional material.

Manuscripts in the collection include drafts for numerous novels, including some unfinished and/or unpublished titles; short stories; screenplays, including God Speed the Night; reviews; essays; speeches; and plays. Novel manuscripts include The Judas Cat (1949), A Gentle Murderer (1951), The Clay Hand (1952), Black Sheep, White Lamb (1964), The Pale Betrayer (1965), Enemy and Brother (1967) God Speed the Night  (1969),Where the Dark Streets Go (1970), Shock Wave (1974), Little Brothers (1974), A Death in the Life (1976), Scarlet Night (1980), Lullaby of Murder (1984), and The Habit of Fear (1987). Also included are several manuscripts of screenplays and plays by Davis along with several short stories, many of which were published. The manuscript for Davis's play Cry of Winter (1965, unproduced) includes revisions with notations by Clifford Odets, as well as two letters from Odets. Also present is a compilation of Poe Award-winning short stories, includes short story by Davis.

Printed material in the collection mostly consists of reviews of Davis's writings from the 1950s and 1960s, including newspaper clippings regarding A Gentle Murderer (1951), Town of Masks (1952), Men of No Property (1956), Death of an Old Sinner (1957), Lullaby of Murder (1984), and The Habit of Fear (1987).  Also included are biographical writings about Davis including a printout of a web article titled “Words in Honor of Dorothy Davis (1916-2014)” and printouts of Davis’ obituaries from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Legal material consists of book contracts and financial information.

Notebooks in the collection include research notes; handwritten drafts, including drafts of The Evening of the Good Samaritan (1961); and records of Davis's travels. Notebooks in the collections span from 1948 to 2009 and some include personal writings about Davis’ life.

Correspondence in the collection consists of personal and professional letters to and from Davis, dating from 1946 to 1995. There are several letters from representatives of publishers and various periodicals, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, as well as several letters pertaining to the Mystery Writers of America.

Professional material in the collection consists of various items, including a file of documents regarding the University of Iowa (2000).
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Notable Figures
1. Davis, Dorothy Salisbury
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Short stories
3. Detective and mystery stories
4. Novels
5. American literature--Women authors--20th century
6. Women authors, American
7. Speeches, addresses, etc.