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Front cover of the 1943 BSI Dinner menu

Against the backdrop of World War II, the BSI met again in 1943.  Forty one people attended, including the detective Irving August, mystery writer John Dickson Carr, and Reverend Leslie Marshall (newly designated Chaplain of the BSI).  William S. Hall spoke on Sherlock Holmes’ coat-of-arms. Rufus Tucker read a paper on “Genealogical Notes on Holmes.”  John Dickson Carr spoke on the inner secrets of the Detection Club of London.  Harvey Officer premiered his “Baker Street Suite.”  Robert Keith Leavitt spoke on Dr. Watson’s Second Wound.  Fletcher Pratt spoke on the hidden cryptogram in the Dancing Men code.  Leslie Marshall reminisced about his boyhood memories of Baker Street.  Charles S. Goodman read a paper on “The Dental Holmes.”  Edgar W. Smith presented a paper on “A Scandal in Identity.”  Frederick Dorr Steele was honored for his contribution to the Sherlockian world through his illustrations of the Collier’s Weekly magazine publication of the Holmes stories (and his illustration for the BSI Dinner Menu).

Dinner Details: January 8, 1943
Murray Hill Hotel, 112 Park Avenue at East 40th Street, NY, NY

Dinner Photo Information

As far as we know, no group photo was taken of the January 8, 1943 BSI Dinner.

The 1943 BSI Dinner menu photo on this page is from the digitized BSI Trust collection at Houghton Library, Harvard University. Click on it to see a larger version. 

BSI Honours List

Not awarded until 1944.
What is an Investiture?

Two-Shilling Award:
Not awarded until 1962.
What is a Two-Shilling Award?

The Woman:
Rose Louise Hovick, also known as Gypsy Rose Lee.
What is The Woman honour?

"Stand with me here upon the terrace..."
(as named at this Dinner, not their year of passing)
James Keddie, Sr.
What is the origin of “standing on the terrace?”

Morley-Montgomery Award:
Not awarded until 1959.
What is the Morley-Montgomery Award?

Reports on the Dinner

1943 BSI Dinner Minutes (digitized images at Harvard)

List of 1943 BSI Dinner Attendees (digitized image at Harvard)

The Baker Street Irregulars, Irregular Records of the Early ‘Forties, ed. Jon L. Lellenberg, (New York: Fordham University Press, 1991)


None available online at this time.

Related Materials

1943 BSI Dinner Menu (digitized images at Harvard)
Cover, interior, and back.  Sequence 13-15.

Program Notes and Introduction to The Baker Street Suite (digitized images at Harvard)
Sequence 67-72.

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For an index to all BSI Dinners and photos, see our BSI Dinner Summary list.

The BSI Archive is located at the Houghton Library at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Archival material may be used by any qualified scholar, subject to the normal rules and regulations of the Library. For links to a detailed finding aid and related information, see our BSI Archive at Harvard page.

Page composed on 10/15/14 by Andy Solberg.
This page last updated 3/20/15 by Andy Solberg.