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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1333.3

Speckled Band collection of Sherlockiana


Collection of correspondence, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and ephemera relating to the stories about the fictional character Sherlock Holmes (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Also includes materials concerning the activities of the men's literary club, the Speckled Band of Boston, Mass.


  • Creation: 1932-1956

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (8 boxes, 6 volumes)

Collection of correspondence, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and ephemera relating to the stories of Sherlock Holmes and the activities of the club of the Speckled Band of Boston, Mass.

Biographical / Historical

Harold Wilmerding Bell (1885-1947) was an archaeologist and a collector of books and manuscripts relating to the fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Bells collection of Sherlockiana was bequeathed to a Boston mens literary club called the Speckled Band.

Physical Location

b, pf, gen

Immediate Source of Acquisition

93M-59; (recataloged from: 47M-335,47M-336,47M-337,47M-338,47M-339,47M-340,47M-344, and 47M-345). Deposited from the collection of H.W. (Harold Wilmerding) Bell by the Speckled Band,1948 June.

Related Materials

For a related drawing held by the Houghton Library, see: Heaton, Harold R. William Abingdon as Moriarty (MS Am 3101).


See also: Speckled Band Collection (Houghton Library), "A catalogue of Sherlockian books and manuscripts", (Boston, MA: Speckled Band, 1994).

Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Falsey.

Bell, H.W. (Harold Wilmerding), collector. Speckled Band collection of Sherlockiana, 1932-1956: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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