Gilman, Dorothy (1923-2012)
Scope:
The Dorothy Gilman collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, legal materials, photographs, diaries and journals, scrapbooks, and other materials.

The collection includes manuscripts for Uncertain Voyage, The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax, The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax, A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax, A Nun in the Closet, Mrs. Pollifax on Safari, A New Kind of Country, The Tightrope Walker, The Maze in the Heart of the Castle, Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha, Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station, Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief, Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion-Killer, Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist, Thale’s Folly, Kaleidoscope, and Arrivals and Departures. Other manuscripts include "What American Democracy Means to Me" (an essay), a manuscript article by Brandi Dadi, and a short piece Gilman composed for a creative writing class.

Collected manuscripts are primarily typescript with holograph corrections, printer’s notations and marks, and editor’s corrections.

Collected correspondence includes numerous letters to literary organizations and publishers, including Doubleday and McIntosh and Otis, Inc. Fan mail and letters to and from Gilman’s family constitute additional correspondence. Of special note is a letter from Richard J. Kerr of the CIA.
Personal memorabilia in the collection includes various awards and certifications, such as the Cresson memorial Scholarship, the Book Award of the Catholic Press Associations and the Associated Church Press, and an award from the New Jersey Association of Teachers of English. Also included is a certificate verifying Gilman’s election to the voting membership of the Author’s Guild of the Authors League of America, an author citation from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a soapstone statue, and photocopied articles announcing Gilman’s contest wins.

The collection’s printed materials include book reviews, articles, book jackets, newspaper columns, a short biography, and other materials. A Winter School Circular for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a printed reproduction of a Gilman drawing, an issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery magazine, and "Dynamite!" sheet music (lyrics by Gilman) may be of particular interest.

Legal materials in the collection consist primarily of publishing agreements and permissions established between Gilman and Reader’s Digest and Ballantine Books.

The collection includes an array of personal and professional photographs, both color and black and white. Photos capture Gilman’s family (1930-50), Gilman’s days at a Philadelphia art school, and some landscape and architecture in Nova Scotia. Black and white publicity photos from publications such as The Evening News are also present.

Diaries and journals contain writings regarding Africa, Burma, and Thailand.

The collection’s scrapbooks are dedicated to individual publications, including the Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax, The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax, A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax, Mrs. Pollifax on Safari, and A New Kind of Country.

Miscellaneous items consist of a photo copied resume, a passport, a Bob Curtis pen sketch, and an "I’m A Lover" button.

Notable Figures
1. Gilman, Dorothy, 1923-2012
Associated Subjects
1. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
2. Children's Literature Subject Guide
3. Women's Studies Collections -- Popular Fiction Subject Guide
4. Literary Collections Subject Guide
5. Helen Deutsch Research Section
6. Children's literature, American.
7. Children's stories, American
8. Detective and mystery stories
9. American literature -- Women authors
10. Women authors, American
11. American literature--20th century