Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Holmes Items on UMedia

For the latest issue of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections newsletter I scanned a number of Christmas cards that were reproduced there. But I also found a number of other interesting items in the same batch of material from the Howard Haycraft collection that I scanned as well. Many of these have now been uploaded into the University Libraries' UMedia Archive for your viewing and research pleasure.

Included in this latest batch are a number of Christmas cards from President and Mrs. Roosevelt; a telegram, letters, and short notes written by Eleanor Roosevelt to Haycraft; and a holiday card from the former head of the Baker Street Irregulars, Edgar W. Smith.

Many of the letters written by Eleanor Roosevelt to Haycraft were done so during the holiday season, often thanking Haycraft for the latest detective book or Christmas letter sent to her. One of the Roosevelt Christmas cards included a photograph of the President and First Lady seated outdoors by a table at the White House. These items date from the early 1930s to the early 1940s and provide an interesting glimpse into the friendship between the First Lady and Haycraft.

The seasonal card from Smith, dated 1939, features three carolers singing Noel, lit by lamp held by one of the singers.

There are still a few cards that need to be uploaded and metadata added before they are available on the UMedia site. Look for these shortly. In addition, we are in the process of scanning some of the artwork by Norman Schatell. We will post another note when this material is available.

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