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Founded in New York in 1934 by the writer and critic Christopher Morley and others devoted to A. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, for more than seventy-five years the BSI has (to quote its founder) “perpetuated the myth that Sherlock Holmes is not a myth.” Since 1989, the Archival Histories have re-corded the speakeasy origins, eccentric creation, and well-watered activities of the sodality (“even whisky and sodality”) taking its name from the London street urchins who were Holmes’s secret eyes and ears in late-Victorian England. This website examines the seven volumes and shorter works of the series, and more.    

The drawing above by Frederic Dorr Steele,

America’s foremost illustrator of the Sherlock Holmes stories working in the first part of the twentieth century, and showing here Holmes extracting documents from his own personal archives at 221b Baker Street, has served as the BSI Archival Histories’ colophon since the inception of the series in 1989. The proud owner of the original is Jerry Margolin (“Hilton Cubitt,” BSI), to whom all thanks.

For more about the BSI Archival Histories, read “History Detective!”

Other Archival History Departments:

The Editor’s Gas-Bag  here

           with a whole bunch of new stuff -- including a poetic response to the announcement from the website’s reawakening from J. B. Post.

Reviews here

    Three new Irregular reviews of current BSI historical works: mine of Sonia Fetherson’s Prince of the Realm: The Most Irregular James Bliss Austin, Donald Yates’ review of Christopher Music’s From the Lower Vault: Treasures from the Archives of The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit, 1946-1943, and Ralph Earle’s review of my new book Sources and Methods: A companion volume to the novel Baker Street Irregular.

“Disputation, Confrontation, and Dialectical Hullabaloo!” here           


Ask Thucydides!

    Got a question about this website? or BSI history in general?

        Send it to, and read the answer here                 


What else is new?      

               New Links of the Week, posted July 31st.

       “A. Conan Doyle, Nineteenth Century Man,” by Daniel Stashower and myself in 2014, in my tin dispatch-box.




Jon Lellenberg

“Rodger Prescott of evil memory,” BSI