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Davis, Dorothy Salisbury (1916-2014)



  • Existence: 1916 - 2014


Dorothy Margaret Salisbury Davis (April 25, 1916-August 3, 2014) was an American crime fiction writer. She was married to Harry Davis, the character actor, from 1946 until his death in 1993.

She worked in Chicago in advertising as a research librarian and as an editor of The Merchandiser prior to taking up fiction writing. She published novels and short stories, among them two sets of series novels, that focused on psychological suspense. She was nominated for an Edgar Award eight times, served as President of the Mystery Writers of America in 1956, and was declared a Grand Master by that organization in 1985.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Dorothy Salisbury Davis and Harry Davis Papers

Identifier: KC-19-36
Scope and Contents

This material was donated by Dorothy Salisbury Davis and Harry Davis, friends and neighbors of the Snow family at Sneden's Landing, New York, and removed from the Mary Clark Dimond Papers in 1985. Dorothy Davis sent an addition to the collection to E. Grey Dimond in March 1991.

The papers include correspondence from Edgar Snow to the Davises discussing Dorothy's books, Edgar's work, family business affairs, and visits.

Dates: 1956-1970