The Archive

The Trust Archive is located at the Houghton Library at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The archival material may be used by any qualified scholar, subject to the normal rules and regulations of the Library.  For more details about the archive, see the Houghton Library Finding Aid for the Baker Street Irregulars Archive (MS Am 2717).

For information on items sought by The Archive, see our Wish List of materials (PDF).

Here are two examples of items in The Archive:

Starrett 1937 letter small version Letter, Vincent Starrett to Edgar W. Smith, August 16, 1937
Edgar W. Smith, having read Vincent Starrett's book The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, wrote to Starrett on October 15, 1936 offering some insightful comments on the work and asking for advice on a book Smith was working on.  That book appeared as Appointment in Baker Street in 1939.  Starrett did not reply to Smith for nearly a year and in this letter he explains why. Click on the picture to see a larger view of Starrett's 1937 letter.

Morley 1949 letter small version Letter, Christopher Morley to Edgar W. Smith, December 24, 1949
A scant dozen years later, The BSI are in full swing and a deep personal friendship has grown between Christopher Morley and Edgar W. Smith.  Morley sends the greeting at right to Smith at Christmas 1949, complete with a bit of Sherlockian doggerel (Smith is often referred to in letters from Morley as Dr. Thorneycroft Huxtable).  Click on the picture to see a larger view of Morley's 1949 letter.