Exhibit: Victorian Secrets and Edwardian Enigmas
What: Victorian Secrets and Edwardian Enigmas: The Riddles of the Rooms of 221B Baker Street, an exhibit of materials from the Sherlock Holmes Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries
Where: Exhibit gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
When: Through August 20, 2007; open during library hours
Cost: Free and open to the public
The University Libraries' Sherlock Holmes Collections hold two versions of the detective's famous sitting room at 221B Baker Street, London: a full-size reproduction and a miniature rendering. The miniature came to the Holmes Collections in 1993. It was the creation of the late Dorothy Rowe Shaw, wife of the collector John Bennett Shaw, and has been a source of amazement and joy to visitors of the Holmes Collections over the years. The second, a full-scale rendition, was acquired within the last year. It was a gift to the Collections from the estate of the late Allen Mackler.
This special exhibit features these and other materials from the Sherlock Holmes Collections, including recently-acquired letters written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, toys, games, and puzzles from the John Bennett Shaw Collection, and original artwork.