The Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library constitute the world’s largest gathering of material related to Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Collections consist of over 60,000 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.

The additional links below the main Holmes Collection link (on the left sidebar of this screen) will provide additional information about the collection and other resources that may prove useful in exploring the world of Holmes and his creator.

Please note: The collection itself is housed in our secure underground storage area and is generally not available for viewing on a tour. If you are interested in seeing particular items from the Sherlock Holmes Collections please consult the online catalog or other finding aids to locate particular items of interest.

NEWS! Here is a list of the items that will be auctioned live during the "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" conference banquet on Saturday evening, June 18, 2016.

1.      Ex Libris A. Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes by Walter Klinefelter. Black Cat Press, 1938. 250 copies. David Hammer copy—duplicate. 

Auction Item #1

2.      The Whole Art of Detection. Black Cat Press, [1968]. Miniature Book. Set of Unbound, uncut/unopened page proofs. Duplicate set from John Bennett Shaw, who was the compiler. Introduction by Vincent Starrett. 64 pages. 

Auction Item #2

3.      The Whole Art of Detection. Prospectus. Also done in miniature. 3 copies, 2 with Shaw address label, 1 is unmarked. May be auctioned as a group or separately. 1 sheet as 4 pages. 

Auction Item #3

4.      Unpopular Opinions by Dorothy L. Sayers. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1946. David Hammer copy—duplicate. 

Auction Item #4


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