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Detection Notes Collection by Dorothy L. Sayers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-115

Scope and Contents

This archive contains 5 folders. Photographs are stored in folder 5.


  • Created: 1900-1944


Conditions Governing Access

Copies or publication of unpublished materials by Dorothy L. Sayers require permissions from the Sayers Literary Executor.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dorothy L. Sayers is well-known as an author of detective fiction. Her detectives Lord Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg feature in many novels and short stories which have become detection classics. These materials represent some of the research Sayers did to add realism to her works of detective fiction.

The material in this archive was acquired at auction from Sotheby’s in London by the Wade Center in 2012. The original Sotheby’s lot(s) included in this archive are: Lot 104, vi and x.


1.00 box : 5 folders

0.3 Linear Feet

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This collection features various documents relating to Sayers's research in the areas of  crime and detection, including notes from real criminal trials and detection techniques.

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Related Materials

Researchers interested in this archive may also wish to consult the following resources in the Wade Center holdings:

Detection Club Archive: Materials owned by Sayers from this club of detective fiction authors.

Dorothy L. Sayers Manuscript Collection: Contains many drafts of her detective fiction.

Dorothy L. Sayers Papers: A vast array of correspondence, some of which deals with her detective fiction.

Lord Peter Wimsey Biography Collection: A collection of materials from Christopher Dean, relating to his biography on Lord Peter Wimsey.

Muriel St. Clare Byrne Collection: Notes, photographs, books, manuscripts, play programs, and other materials collected by Muriel St. Clare Byrne relating to Dorothy L. Sayers and some of her detective fiction.

Wade Center Article File: Contains articles by and about Sayers and her detective fiction.

Other materials in the Wade Center holdings may relate to the topics in this archive. See the archivist for further research assistance.

Other Descriptive Information

There is an acquisitions file for this collection. Includes photographs. There is a research copy of this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Schmidt

Detection Notes Collection by Dorothy L. Sayers
Laura Schmidt
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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