The Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries are legendary. As the world’s largest collection of material related to Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the collection and its curators have hosted scores of local, national and even international gatherings of Sherlockians. The public will have a chance to glimpse a good share of the 50,000 items that comprise the exhibit in the weeks to come. The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes exhibit is open in the Elmer L. Andersen Gallery through October 15.
Emphasis of the exhibit is on exploration of the “many meanings of the word ‘spirits’ and how they relate to Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Victorian Era.” The exhibit includes a snippet of “what Sherlockians find pleasurable”: a bit of whimsy, a glimpse at the work of Conan Doyle in the cause of Spiritualism and much more.
If you haven’t spent time with “e” and his creator on the banks now’s the opportunity. If you’re a committed Sherlockian, you can’t spend enough hours plumbing the depths of this amazing collection of Sherlockiana on the Mississippi. Plan to spend some serious time immersing yourself in the stories, the era, and the life of the author and his times.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.