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Vincent Starrett Collection

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Correspondence

Articles

The Step Ladder (photocopies)

Miscellaneous

The Double Dealer (photocopies)



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Collection Overview

Title: Vincent Starrett Collection

ID: RBSC/SPX/008

Extent: 0.0

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of Starrett's novels, bibliographies, essays, poems, correspondence and letters, biographies, autobiographies, and miscellaneous odds and ends such as greeting cards and book plates.

Collection Historical Note

Vincent Starrett was a book collector, author, bibliographer, and a Sherlock Holmes scholar. He has been referred to as part of Chicago's "literary renaissance” and has written or edited more than 50 books of essays, criticism, fiction, biography, poetry, and bibliography. It has been said that Starrett's bibliographies on authors such as Arthur Machen, Stephen Crane, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Ambrose Bierce revived their popularity.

Born in Toronto, Starrett moved to Chicago with his family early on and eventually became a crime reporter, feature writer, political analyst, and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News. His work at the Chicago Daily News ended with the publication of his first novel, "Seaports in the Moon" (1928), which was said to be a dominant bid for literary recognition. He also wrote a weekly column called "Books Alive" in the Chicago Tribune for 25 years, influencing the reading habits of millions. During this time he continued to write detective novels, literary essays, poetry, and more.

One of his greatest claims to fame was his fascination with and knowledge of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. In 1933 he wrote an imaginative biography on the fictional character called "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes." He was one of the founders of the Bakers Street Irregulars, a Sherlock Holmes society, and he was a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society in London.

The Starrett Collection at Northern Illinois University Library's Rare Books and Special Collections began as a modest collection of Chicago Renaissance material many years ago. Items in the collection have been purchased over the years by the library or donated by collectors and other libraries. The collection consists of Starrett's novels, bibliographies, essays, poems, correspondence and letters, biographies, autobiographies, and miscellaneous odds and ends such as greeting cards and book plates.


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Series II: Articles
Box 1
Folder 5
Item 1: The Fugitive - The Golden Book Magazine, Vol. XIII No. 73, Jan-31
Item 2: Pleasant Game for a Desert Island - Chicago Tribune, 6-Oct-63
Item 3: The Wrong Santa Claus - King Features Syndicate, N. D.
Item 4: Favorite Classics - Chicago Tribune, 27-Aug-50
Item 5: America’s First Breach of Promise Case, 23-Mar-58
Item 6: The Spookwriting Industry - Encore, Vol.VII No. 35, Jan-45
Item 7: Conversation on a Desert Island - Reading and Collecting, Vol.2 No.3, Feb-March 1938
Item 8: Of Castaways and Islands - Answers, Vol.1 No.19, Sep-39
Item 9: The Autograph Habit - Book Notes, Vol.4 No.5, June-July 1926
Item 10: The Terrible Balloon Flight - Argosy, Jun-57
Item 11: Michael Wood: A Study in Mysticism - The Open Court, Vol.35 No.3, Mar-21
Item 12: Florence Nightingale’s Lost Romance - The Mentor, Mar-26
Item 13: The Man Who Made Omar… - Haldeman-Julius Quarterly, July-Sept. 1927
Item 14: A Sprightly Defense of Reprints by Vincent (Books Alive) Starrett… - Chicago Daily News, 4-Dec-40
Folder 6
Item 1: Miscellaneous Articles concerning Vincent Starrett (photocopies) Chicago Tribune, 12-Jan-74
Item 2: Writer’s funeral is Sherlockian by Bob Cromie Chicago Tribune, 3-Oct-68
Item 3: Cromie Looks at Authors and Books: A Graceful Tribute to a Chicago Writer by Bob Cromie Chicago Daily News, April 27-28, 1974
Item 4: Never-Say-Die Starrett, the great Sherlockian of [Chicago (crossed out)] World letters by Michael Murphy Vancouver Daily Province, 4-Oct-33
Item 5: Woman Missing from Inlet Ferry (death of Vincent Starrett’s mother Margaret Denniston Starrett) The Great Lakes Review, Vol.4 No.2, Winter 1978
Item 6: Vincent Starrett and The Wave: A Little Magazine of Chicago in the 1920s by Charles and Kay Silet, 1920s

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[Series I: Correspondence],
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[Series III: The Step Ladder (photocopies)],
[Series IV: Miscellaneous],
[Series V: The Double Dealer (photocopies)],
[All]


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