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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle manuscripts


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and trained to practice medicine. He began writing while in school. The Sherlock Holmes stories, for which Doyle is most well-known, began appearing in 1887, and continue to be popular with readers.

"The Second Stain" was part of the third series of Sherlock Holmes stories, first published in 1904. The manuscript is in two hands, identified as that of Doyle and his second wife, Jean. The manuscript contains minor changes, additions, and deletions.

"The Iconoclast" is a story about an early Christian which appeared in the collection The Last Galley. Written in Doyle's hand, it contains changes and corrections throughout. The first page of "The Giant Maxim" was previously bound with the manuscript, but was removed and given to the Newberry Library, which holds the rest of the manuscript, in 1998.

Both mansucripts are bound in vellum. Supplementary materials about each manuscript are also included.

Each manuscript bound in a single voume.

Gift of Christopher Morley, 1943; gift of George Matthew Adams via Christopher Morley, 1944.

Processed by Sandra Glascock, completed July 2013

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Sandra Glascock
Finding Aid Date
July, 2013
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

"The Adventure of the Second Stain,", 1904?. 1 manuscripts.
Box 2

Autographed manuscript. Also included in the folder is the essay "The Second Hand in the Second Stain" by Richard Luman and photographs of the first manuscript page of "The Adventure of the Second Stain."

Physical Description

1 manuscriptsin a folder

The Second Stain, supplementary materials.
Box 2
"The Iconoclast,", n.d. 1 manuscripts.
Box 2

Original autographed manuscript. Also included in the folder is a photocopy of the first page of the manuscript "The Giant Maxim" and 1 slide.

Physical Description

1 manuscriptsin a folder

The Iconoclast, supplementary materials.
Box 2

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