The expanding universe of Sherlockian fandom and archival collections

Timothy Jerome Johnson, Cheryll Lynne Fong

Abstract


Since 1887, in sometimes cosmic fashion, nearly every medium and format has been used in sharing the original 60 Sherlock Holmes adventures along with their pastiche and parodying offspring. Such creative energy is evidence of a literary big bang, and an expanding universe of creative possibilities, many of them now born digital or residing on digital platforms. We trace older and newer Sherlockian enthusiasms; their points of entry; the creative manifestations of these fandoms over time and through various media; and the emerging challenges and opportunities presented to library and archival professionals by the explosive growth of creative works, especially those produced during the last decade. Curatorial actions involving acquisition, preservation, description, and user discovery of these materials are considered alongside the relationship building necessary between curator and fan in acquiring evolving, dynamic new Sherlockian expressions and insights.

Keywords


Archives; Born digital; Canon; Collection development; Conventions; Film; Libraries; Literary societies; Mass media; Parody; Pastiche; Sherlock Holmes; Social media; Television; Translation

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