What’s In The Conan Doyle Archive?

The massive archive bequeathed to Portsmouth City Council by Richard Lancelyn Green tells many different stories.

Through books, magazines, posters, films and memorabilia, it traces the rise of Sherlock Holmes from an unknown character in an 1887 Christmas annual to one of the most recognisable modern-day global icons.

But Sherlock Holmes was only a fraction of Conan Doyle’s output. Many other interests feature in the collection, including romances, horror stories, novels, histories, articles, spiritualist writing and poetry.

And the stories don’t end there. The private lives of Conan Doyle and his family unfold in the archive’s many photographs, letters, diaries, pamphlets and nancial records.

The Collection also sheds light on the lives of contemporary authors, collaborators, actors, illustrators, fans, academics, psychics and those in need of Conan Doyle’s real-life detective skills.

A service bulletin for an Australian Spiritualist society during Conan Doyle’s tour of the country.

A service bulletin for an Australian Spiritualist society during Conan Doyle’s tour of the country.

The 1902 cover to the first edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles

The 1902 cover to the first edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle at his writing desk in the 1920s

Arthur Conan Doyle at his writing desk in the 1920s