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Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle Library Collections

The following libraries have collections dedicated to Sherlock Holmes or Arthur Conan Doyle. If you know of a collection not listed here, please contact us!

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Collections

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Athenaeum has Sherlockian holdings donated from the private collections of Baker Street Irregulars A. Carson Simpson, Herman Beerman, and other Philadelphia area collectors.

Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire

Lausanne, Switzerland

Arthur Conan Doyle Collection: Contains manuscript materials including personal papers, correspondence, scientific and literary articles, and newspaper clippings related to Doyle's publications. The collection also includes photographs taken by Doyle during the Boer War, World War I, and his visits to Switzerland and the United States.

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

The Richard and Joshua Green Sherlock Holmes Collection: Offers a broad spectrum of Sherlockian materials including books, magazines, films, comics, graphic novels, and movie posters. Older items include a complete set of the 1893 Harpers Weekly, several Colliers Magazines, and a Strand magazine all featuring the Sherlock Holmes stories.

British Library

London, England

Conan Doyle Collection: Contains over 2,100 items including family papers bequeathed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's daughter, Dame Jean Bromet, as well as items secured during an auction of Conan Doyle manuscript materials. The collection contains some rare unpublished items by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle including his first unpublished novel "The Narrative of John Smith".

Harvard University. Houghton Library

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Baker Street Irregulars Trust Collection: Includes primary materials regarding the history of The Baker Street Irregulars (BSI) and its members. This consists of correspondence, photographic and audio materials, manuscripts of historical documents, biographical material, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles. They are always seeking donations of BSI-related materials to enhance their collection.

Huntington Library

San Marino, California

The Huntington Library holds nearly 200 individual publications by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle including rare Spiritualist publications, newspaper articles, and manuscripts.

Indiana University. Lilly Library

Bloomington, Indiana

Manuscripts: This small collection of 18 items, consists of letters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and fragments of Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as correspondence from early Sherlockians such as Christopher Morley, Howard S. Mott, Edgar W. Smith and Vincent Starrett.

Bloomington by Gaslight (Digital Collection): Sherlockian holdings of the Lilly library include first and early editions of the Canon, plays, movie memorabilia, and Holmesiana related to David A. Randall, Madeleine B. Stern, and Vincent Starrett.

Marylebone Library

Westminster, England

Sherlock Holmes Collection: This unique collection contains stories, information about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, photographs, newspaper clippings and journals. The Collection is held at Marylebone Information Service, but is accessible by appointment only.

National Library of Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Library has around 60 letters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as the manuscript for "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client." The manuscript for "The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe" is located in the Blackwood Collection, and some of Conan Doyle’s correspondence can be found in the John Murray Archive.

New York Public Library

New York, New York

The New York Public Library contains a number of works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle including several of his manuscripts as part of The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.

Newberry Library

Chicago, Illinois

C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana: The focal point of this collection is the extraordinary array of manuscripts and first editions from Doyle and members of his family. There are hundreds of first editions, representing over 90% of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's life's work. In addition, more than 150 letters by Doyle and 50 by other members of his family.

Portsmouth Library Service

Portsmouth, England

Conan Doyle Collection: This is the private collection of Richard Lancelyn Green bequeathed to the City of Portsmouth after his death. The extraordinary collection of over 14,000 items contains Conan Doyle related books, papers and assorted memorabilia. It is in the process of being catalogued, and will be available not only to academics and specialists, but also to the general public.

Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

Papers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Materials in this collection include notebooks, manuscripts, photographs, and magazines related to the life and works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Royal College also houses the Joseph Bell Collection.

Toronto Public Library

Toronto, Ontario

Arthur Conan Doyle Collection: One of the world's foremost collections of library materials devoted to the life and work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Much of the collection is devoted to Doyle's most famous character, Sherlock Holmes. The Collection is housed in a room evoking 221B Baker Street, where people can browse along open shelves in a manner unusual in a special collection.

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University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Arthur Conan Doyle Collection: Donated by Dr. Philip Parker of West Bloomfield, Michigan, this outstanding collection features rare books, periodicals, artwork, and other materials related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes.

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Campus

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sherlock Holmes Collections: These collections constitute the world’s largest gathering of material related to Sherlock Holmes and his creator. There are over 15,000 items including books, journals, and a wide variety of other forms through which the transformation of the Holmes character from the printed page to a cultural icon can be traced. Two of the more important collections of the many that have been added since 1974 are those of Philip S. Hench and John Bennett Shaw.

University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Mary Shore Cameron Collection: Contains over 3,000 items of Sherlockian interest including a nearly comprehensive collection of Sherlock Holmes first editions, early pastiches and parodies, foreign language editions, seminal Sherlockian research, and manuscript materials.

Charles J. Ragland Collection: This collection contains over 1,200 publications related to Sherlock Holmes, specializing in those published from the 1970's to the present. The collection is still being actively developed by its donor.

University of Texas-- Austin. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Austin, Texas

Holdings related to Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle are scattered throughout numerous collections held by the Harry Ransom Center. Notable holdings include: two Sherlock Holmes manuscripts, correspondence to and from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a pair of spectacles owned by Doyle.

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jack Powell Collection of Sherlock Holmes: Contains nearly 600 items related to Sherlock Holmes including radio scripts and radio programs, correspondence, photographs, information on the “Afghanistan Perceivers” society, and miscellanea.

 

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