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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 IV: Miscellaneous
Box 1
Folder 8: Vincent Starrett: In Memoriam by Michael Murphy (photocopy), N. D.
Folder 9
Item 1: Vincent Starrett Centenial Fund (photocopies) Letter requestiong donations, 1986
Item 2: Vincent Starrett Centenial Fund (photocopies) Commemorating Symposium w/letter, October 25, 1986
Item 3: Vincent Starrett Centenial Fund (photocopies) Dedication of Vincent Starrett Memorial w/map, October 26, 1986
Folder 10: Voyage – Vincent Starrett poem; music by Martha Mendenhall Rippel (photocopy), N. D.
Folder 11
Item 1: The American Book Collector (photocopy) 10th Anniversary – 100 th Issue – Special Mark Twain Number- Vol. X, No. 10, Jun-60
Item 2: The American Book Collector (photocopy) “Mark Twain” and “Shaking Hands With Immortality” by Vincent Starrett, N. D.
Folder 12
Item 1: Chicago Murders (photocopy), N. D.
Item 2: Regional Murder Series edited by Marie F. Rodell, 1945
Folder 13
Item 1: Escape Fugitive (photocopy), N. D.
Item 2: (play/manuscript based on a story by Vincent Starrett) with notes at end, 8-Aug-48
Folder 14: The Web Program “A” - The Twelfth Juror (photocopy), Air date: July 4, 1950
Folder 15: Content: CBS Radio Network – Philip Morris Playhouse on Broadway – The Eleventh Juror (photocopy), 7/22/1953

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


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