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David Dodge papers, 1904-2009 (bulk 1940-1974).
BANC MSS 2012/220 box 1; BANC MSS 2012/220 box 2; BANC MSS 2012/220 box 3; BANC MSS 2012/220 box 4; ...
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David Dodge papers, 1904-2009 (bulk 1940-1974)


Dodge, David, 1910-1974, creator, creator.


Dodge, Elva, 1906-1973, correspondent.


Butler, Kendal Dodge, 1940-2007, correspondent.


Stokes, William J. B. (William John Blackman), 1909-1991, correspondent.


Stokes, Marie Louise, 1914-2013, correspondent.


Reynolds, Mack, correspondent.


Correspondence, literary papers, manuscripts, photographs, slides, home movies (8mm films), and personalia of David Dodge, Elva Dodge, and Kendal Dodge Butler. Includes extensive correspondence with Jake and Liz Stokes, friends of the Dodges in Princeton, New Jersey.


1940 (issued)


Dodge, David -- 1910-1974 -- Archives
Dodge, David -- 1910-1974 -- Family -- Archives
Dodge, David -- 1910-1974 -- Correspondence
Dodge, Elva -- 1906-1973 -- Correspondence
Butler, Kendal Dodge -- 1940-2007 -- Correspondence
Stokes, William J. B. (William John Blackman) -- 1909-1991 -- Correspondence
Stokes, Marie Louise -- 1914-2013 -- Correspondence
Reynolds, Mack -- Correspondence
Macondria (San Francisco, Calif.)
Authors, American
Novelists, American
Travel writers -- United States


David Dodge papers, BANC MSS 2012/220, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of Kendal Reynoso Lukrich; 20121008.
Additions: Gift of Jill Halbert; 2013.
In English.
David Francis Dodge (August 18, 1910-August 8, 1974) was an American author of mystery/thriller novels and humorous travel books. Dodge was born in Berkeley, California, the youngest child of George Andrew Dodge, a San Francisco architect, and Maude Ellingwood Bennett Dodge. On July 17, 1936, he was married to Elva Keith (July 17, 1936-October 17, 1973), a former Macmillan Company editorial representative, and their only daughter, Kendal, was born in 1940. Dodge's first experience as a writer came through his involvement with the Macondray Lane Players, a group of amateur playwrights, producers, and actors, founded by George Henry Burkhardt (Dodge's brother-in-law) that performed exclusively at Macondria, a little theater located at 56 Macondray Lane on San Francisco's Russian Hill. His first book was published in 1941. His fiction is characterized by tight plotting, brisk dialogue, memorable and well-defined characters, and exotic locations. His travel writing (frequently with illustations by Irv Koons) documented the (mis)adventures of the Dodge family as they roamed around the world. He also wrote numerous travel articles for various magazines, appearing as a regular contributor to Holiday Magazine from 1948 to 1968. Dodge died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at the age of 63.
William J.B. (John Blackman) Stokes, known as Jake or Jack, and his wife, Marie Louise, known as Liz or Weedie, Stokes were friends of the Dodges from Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Jake graduated from Princeton University in 1933 with degree in Physics and died in Trenton, New Jersey in 1991 of complications from Alzheimers disease. Liz died in 2013 at the age of 98.
Related collection: Macondria theater ephemera (BANC MSS 2013/119).
Related collection: Irv Koons papers (BANC MSS 2012/221).
Container listing available in the library.


Manuscripts for publication.
Personal correspondence.
Slides, color.
Slides (Photography)
Amateur films.

Physical Description:

2.85 (8 1 1




BANC MSS 2012/220 box 1
BANC MSS 2012/220 box 2
BANC MSS 2012/220 box 3
BANC MSS 2012/220 box 4
BANC MSS 2012/220 box 5
BANC MSS 2012/220 box 6
BANC MSS 2012/220 box 7
BANC MSS 2012/220 box 8
BANC MSS 2012/220 oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 2012/220 oversize box 1
BANC MSS 2012/220