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Investigating Sherlock Holmes

Date: 01/31/2013

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Elmer L. Andersen Library

Cost: $125


This three-session short course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


"I trust that there is nothing of consequence which I have overlooked."
—-Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles

Since 1974, the University of Minnesota Libraries has amassed the world's largest collection dedicated to fictional sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Since their publication in the 19th century, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mysteries have been translated into 52 languages and adapted into countless popular productions for theater, radio, film, and television. Despite this enduring popularity, most people are more familiar with Doyle's short detective stories than they are with his four mystery novels. Meeting monthly in a book club format, this course offers the opportunity to read and discuss Doyle's longer works in the company of fellow Sherlockians and to explore the many wonders of the University of Minnesota's legendary collection of Sherlockiana.

The first session (January 31) will meet at the Andersen Library where curator Tim Johnson will draw rare materials from the more than 15,000 items in the renowned Sherlock Holmes collections. During the next two sessions meeting at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus, you will have read and come ready to discuss Study in Scarlet, the first Holmes story published in 1887 (February 21), and The Hound of the Baskervilles (March 21). Don't miss this opportunity to investigate one of the Twin Cities' greatest treasure troves and enjoy book discussions led by a leading scholar of all things Holmes.

Instructor Timothy Johnson is special collections and rare books librarian and E.W. McDiarmid curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. He holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Minnesota and has written and lectured extensively on Sherlock Holmes.


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/ayy

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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