Nebraska Authors

David Robert Burleigh

Born 1907-05-21 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 1984-09-29
Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE (1907-1937)
Los Angeles, CA (1937-1984)

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Juvenile Fiction; Religion; Investing; Nebraska State Historical Society--Employees and Curators


Bachelor of Science in Education, 1935, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree in History, 1937, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Researcher and Assistant Editor, Nebraska State Historical Society (1935-37)
Proof-Reader for the Times-Mirror Company (1937-1942)
Freelance Story Analyst (1942-1943)
Locomotive Fireman and Engineer, Southern Pacific Railroad
Children's Author

Places Worked

Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE
Times-Mirror Company, Los Angeles, CA
Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Los Angeles, CA


Best Short Story Award, Omaha Women's Press Club, State Writing Contest, 1937


Phi Beta Kappa


Nebraska: Old and New. 1937. (contributor)
Range Cattle Industry in Nebraska to 1890. 1937.
How Engines Talk. 1961.
Piggyback. 1962.
Arrow Messenger. 1962.
Shoofly. 1963.
Man's Need for Religion. 1963. (contributor)
Messenger From K'itai. 1964.
Let's Ride in the Caboose. 1969.
Double Your Money in Six Years: How to Reap Profits in Discounted Mortgages. 1971.

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