Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.





Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Andersen Library, including the Sherlock Holmes Collections, is closed until further notice. Please contact the curator, Tim Johnson, by email if you have a question and we will do the best we can to assist you while working remotely away from our offices. Thank you and please stay safe.

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.



Digital collection guides, or finding aids, are online guides to selected historical records and papers.
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The Digital Conservancy is the "digital arm" of the University Archives and provides access to digital scholarly and administrative records of the University of Minnesota.

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