This collection documents the creative works of artist David Cannon Dashiell. This collection includes written, conceptual,
and design works produced from the middle 1970s through 1993 when the artist died. Personal items in the collection are limited
to a small cache of photographs and slides.
David Cannon Dashiell was born on July 4, 1952, in Tokyo, Japan. His parents were Samuel Dashiell and Dorothy Cannon; he was
the grandson of author Dashiell Hammett. Dashiell's father was a Cartographer for the United States government and lived,
primarily, in South East Asia from the American occupation after the Second World War until the height of the Vietnam War.
Dashiell thus spent his childhood abroad until he was returned to the United States in 1968 because his father felt that East
Asia was becoming dangerous for non-military Americans. He spent the next several years moving from state to state before
finishing his high school years in Florida.
Copyright to unpublished materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Collection is open for research.