DeVries earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at Pennsylvania for his career, as well as work at its Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in the Mediterranean section.
DeVries died of cancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2006.
- (Editor) From Athens to Gordion: the papers of a memorial symposium for Rodney S. Young, held at the University Museum, the third of May, 1975 (Philadelphia: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, 1980).
- C. Brian Rose; Gareth Darbyshire (28 May 2012). The New Chronology of Iron Age Gordion. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 4–. ISBN 1-934536-55-5.
- G.R. Sims "Keith DeVries, scholar, curator" Philadelphia Inquirer July 20, 2006 http://articles.philly.com/2006-07-20/news/25405499_1_archaeology-and-anthropology-university-of-pennsylvania-museum-king-midas
- "UPM ARCHAEOLOGIST KEITH DEVRIES ASSERTS THAT ENIGMATIC IVORY STATUETTE, UNCOVERED IN GREECE IN 1939, MAY BE PART OF THE THRONE OF THE FAMED KIND MIDAS" 03 JANUARY 2002, PHILADELPHIA, PA http://www.penn.museum/information/press-room/press-releases-research/989-upm-archaeologist-keith-devries-asserts-that-enigmatic-ivory-statuette-uncovered-in-greece-in-1939-may-be-part-of-the-throne-of-the-famed-kind-midas
- Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Program - Alumni
- Obituary by Jeremy Pearce in The New York Times July 29, 2006.
- Penn Museum obituary