See 'The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes' exhibit before it closes

The University of Minnesota has devoted quite a bit of space to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective character, Sherlock Holmes. In fact, the U has the world's largest collection of Sherlock Holmes. Beginning in 1974, over the years the University has purchased entire personal libraries devoted to Holmes, as well as Doyle's personal journals. As of now, the collection has grown to encompass over 50,000 items. There is even a life-size recreation of Holmes' fictional office on 221b Baker Street, just as the author imagined it.

Elmer L. Andersen Library's "The Spirit of Sherlock Holmes" will be ending this week. Until that happens, you can explore the world of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Victorian era in general not only through the facility's extensive paper collection--containing approximately 1,800 books and 1,500 issues of periodicals--but also through broadcast recordings, films, tapes, art, toys, games, clothing, and other ephemera. Be sure to keep an eye out for the display case holding a White House letter and two cards bearing the name of University of Minnesota graduate Howard Haycraft.

There is also a concurrent exhibit that highlights items from the collection of the late Allen Mackler. His replica of Sherlock Holmes' and Dr. John H. Watson's sitting room is on permanent display.

The "Spirits of Sherlock Holmes" exhibit is currently on view in the Elmer L. Andersen Library's Exhibit Gallery through October 15. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

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