Friday, February 11, 2011

George Hubbs at the Informal Club

A new recording has been added from the Sherlock Holmes Collections to the U Media Archive. This is a recording of a talk given by George Hubbs at the Informal Club. Mr. Hubbs was the founder and first president of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota. The tape includes an introduction by E. W. McDiarmid (apparently after the recording was made), commentary by professor Bryce Crawford (founding member of the Norwegian Explorers), and a question and answer period at the end. The length of this audio file is just short of forty-two minutes. The recording was made on January 6 (Holmes' birthday), 1986.

We have no idea who or what the Informal Club was, but have written to George Hubbs asking us if he can supply us with some additional information and context for his talk. We'll report back anything we hear.

1 comment:

Thomas Huse said...

I was pleasantly surprised to find your reference to both the Informal Club (in St. Paul) and also mention of an old school classmate, George Hubbs.

The Informal Club was (and may still be) a periodic gathering of a diverse group of St. Paul professional people who heard presentations by members about their special interests or unusual family stories. At the time my late father was a member of the Club in the 1950s and 1960, it would meet once a month at the Minnesota Club, although there may have been meetings at the Athletic Club or at the University Club. As the name implies, it was not highly structured, but it included a most interesting group of individuals with widely divergent interests.