Welcome to the BSI Trust Website
The Baker Street Irregulars Trust is a special part of the New York City based literary society dedicated to the study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and the Victorian world. The Trust's purpose is to assemble, preserve, and make available for study materials related to the history of The Baker Street Irregulars and individuals and organizations that have devoted themselves to such studies.
Our motto, For The Sake Of The Trust, comes from the story The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual. The story begins with Holmes opening up his archive:
[Holmes] threw back the lid. I could see that it [the large tin box] was already a third full of bundles of paper tied up with red tape into separate packages. "There are cases enough here, Watson," said he, looking at me with mischievous eyes. "I think that if you knew all that I had in this box you would ask me to pull some out instead of putting others in." "These are the records of your early work, then?" I asked. "I have often wished that I had notes of those cases."
You can read the full story here.
The Trust wants to ensure that all who are interested will have the benefit of a record of our activities.
Your contribution of materials or a monetary donation will help to preserve Irregular history. The Trust is actively seeking material not only to make its archive accurate and complete but also to capture the spirit of The Baker Street Irregulars and its distinguished members.
The Trust seeks primary materials regarding the history of The BSI and The Irregulars. This includes correspondence, photographs, manuscripts of historical documents, biographical material, newspaper clippings, and ephemera from BSI functions. Please see our Wish List of materials (PDF) for the Archives.
We have answers to some frequently asked questions about the Trust, and details about making donations. We can also provide assistance in making provision in your estate to donate materials or cash to The Baker Street Irregulars Trust. See our newsletters for descriptions of some prior donations.
Inquiries should be directed to Tom Francis.