Sherlockiana: Sherlock Holmes at the University of Minnesota


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post for WCCO about the treasure troves at the University of Minnesota libraries. It’s quite amazing what they have on hand over there–huge collections of children’s materials, GLBTQ publications, Minnesota literary artifacts, immigrant history, arts and theater documents, some pretty funny wartime era publications warning young men about the risks of consorting with loose women, all kinds of things you wouldn’t necessarily think of.

Opening this Thursday, July 11 at the Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery on the West Bank of the U is a really fun exhibit: Sherlock Holmes: Through Time and Place.

I bet you didn’t know the U of M has the world’s largest holdings of all things Sherlock Holmes, with more than 60,000 items in the collection, including this handwritten manuscript piece. Handwritten! By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

The exhibit is free and open to the public through Sept. 27. If you really want to get deeper into the Sherlockiana, sign up to attend the triennial Sherlock Holmes conference, taking place Aug. 9-11. Oddly, the conference is co-sponsored by the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota–not quite sure what the connection between Sherlock Holmes and Norwegian explorers is, but why quibble?