The irregular meetings of the Sub-Librarians Scion of the Baker Street Irregulars in the American Library Associations. The meetings are scheduled to take place during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference each year.

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2017
Sunday, June 25th
4:30 PM

2017 Sub-Librarians Meeting: A View from the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota

Chicago, IL

Tim Johnson, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Tim Johnson, E.W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries will be giving a presentation titled "A View from the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota". Tim will offer observations (and, perhaps, heretical thoughts) on various aspects of the Holmesian world, a Minnesotan smorgasbord of Sherlockian food for thought, ponderings on Conan Doyle's relationship to his work, the current state of Holmesian fandom, and recent Sherlockian media manifestations including BBC's "Sherlock" and CBS's "Elementary."

This program is sponsored by ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

2016
Sunday, June 26th
4:30 PM

2016 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Sherlockian Salon

Orlando, FL

All fans of mystery and crime fiction are invited to join the Sub-Librarians on Sunday afternoon for its 40th (irregular) annual Sherlockian salon (as in “a fashionable assemblage of notables”). Following a round of traditional toasts, a literary figure of note will speak to the assembled mysterians.

This program is sponsored by ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services).

View website for event.

2015
Sunday, June 28th
4:30 PM

2015 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Mrs. Jeffries, the Female Sherlock Holmes, and Victorian Mysteries

San Francisco, CA

Emily Brightwell
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., B.S.I., A.S.H.
George Scheetz, Batavia Publid Library
Gary Thaden, The Norwegian Explorers
Chuck Huber
Randall Stock, Baker Street Irregulars, Scowrers and Molly Maguires
Paula Perry, A.S.H.

Marsha Pollak welcomed everyone to the 39th (Irregular) meeting, briefly mentioning the history of the group. Toasts followed: Lomax by George Scheetz; Sherlock Holmes by Gary Thaden; Hill Barton by Chuck Huber; Baron Gruner by Randall Stock; and Kitty Winter by Paula Perry (in absentia.)

Emily Brightwell spoke to the Sub-Librarians and all Sherlockians and mystery fans Sunday afternoon.

This program was sponsored by ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services).

Emily Brightwell lives in Northern California and to date, has written forty-four novels. She is currently working on the 34th book in the popular “Mrs. Jeffries” series of mysteries.

2014
Monday, June 30th
8:30 AM

2014 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Two Decades with The Beekeeper's Apprentice and Sherlock Holmes

Las Vegas, NV

Laurie R. King, Baker Street Irregulars
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., B.S.I., A.S.H.
Paula Perry, A.S.H.
Gary Thaden, The Norwegian Explorers
George Scheetz, Batavia Public Library
Joe Coppola, Baker Street Irregulars
Elaine Coppola, Mycroft Holmes Society of Syracuse

Two Decades with The Beekeeper's Apprentice and Sherlock Holmes

Marsha Pollak welcomed everyone to the 38th (Irregular) Annual meeting Monday morning. The traditional toasts were given: Lomax by Paula Perry (in absentia); Sherlock Holmes by Gary Thaden; Hill Barton by George Scheetz (in absentia); Baron Gruner by Joe Coppola; and Kitty Winter by Elaine Coppola.

Laurie R. King spoke to the Sub-Librarians and all Sherlockians and mystery fans. Celebrating the Twentieth anniversary of the first of Mary Russell's memoirs, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie talked about the adventures shared by Russell and the World's Greatest Consulting Detective.

This program was sponsored by ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services). Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2014′s Dreaming Spies). She has won or been nominated for an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle”. From the author's website.

2013
Sunday, June 30th
4:30 PM

2013 Sub-Librarians Meeting: An Afternoon with Sherlock Holmes

Chicago, IL

Charles Finch
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., B.S.I., A.S.H.
George Scheetz, Batavia Public Library
Gary Thaden, The Norwegian Explorers
Susan Diamond, Criterion Bar Association
Lyndsay Faye, A.S.H., Baker Street Irregulars

An afternoon with Sherlock Holmes sponsored by ALCTS, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. At the 37th (Irregular) Annual meeting, Marsha Pollak welcomed the group, local area scion representatives brought greetings, and the traditional toasts followed: Lomax, The Sub-Librarian of the London Library by George Scheetz; Sherlock Holmes, Bookman and Special Librarian by Gary Thaden; Hill Barton (John H. Watson, M.D.), Library Patron by Susan Diamond; Baron Gruner, Collector by Marsha Pollak; and Kitty Winter, a Wronged Woman by Lyndsay Faye.

Charles Finch, author of the Charles Lennox series of mysteries set in Victorian era England, spoke. He presented through the courtesy of Macmillan Publishers, who also provided books for signing.

Local assistance thanks to Susan Diamond of the Criterion Bar Association, Don Terras of the Hounds of the Baskerville (sic), and other scions for spreading the word.

2009
Sunday, July 12th
12:00 PM

2009 Sub-Librarians Meeting: History Detective: Researching the BSI Archival Histories

Chicago, IL

Jon L. Lellenberg, Baker Street Irregulars
Allan Devitt, The Criterion Bar Association of Chicago
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars

The Sub-Librarians, members of the Criterion Bar, and local Sherlockians met at Blackie's in Chicago on Sunday, July 12th at 12:00pm. Marsha Pollak, Sub-Librarians, and Allan Devitt of The Criterion Bar Association welcomed the group. The traditional toasts were made: Lomax by Valli Hoski; Sherlock Holmes by Bob Coghill; Hill Barton by George Scheetz; Baron Gruner by Marsha Pollak; and Kitty Winter by Gayle L. Puhl. The featured speaker was Jon L. Lellenberg, presenting "History Detective: Researching the BSI Archival Histories."

Lellenberg has written numerous volumes on the history of the Baker Street Irregulars, and presented on his detective work and some of his most interesting discoveries from the BSI's origins and early decades.

View full text of speech.

Local arrangements thanks to Susan Diamond and Allan Devitt of the Criterion Bar Association of Chicago.

2008
Sunday, June 29th
4:00 PM

2008 Sub-Librarians Meeting:Sherlock Holmes Goes to Disneyland

Anaheim, CA

Leslie S. Klinger, Baker Street Irregulars
John Farrell, The Trained Cormorants, Baker Street Irregulars
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars

The Sub-Librarians, the Trained Cormorants, the Curious Collectors of Baker Street, and other local Sherlockians met on June 29th, 2008 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in Room 207 D in the Anaheim Convention Center for the 34th (Irregular) Annual meeting. Marsha Pollak and John Farrell, a member of The Trained Cormorants, welcomed the group, and the traditional toasts followed.

Leslie S. Klinger, one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula presented on the twin icons of the Victorian era: Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and Other Victorian Friends.

Klinger is the editor of the three-volume collection of the short stories and novels, THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES, published by W.W. Norton in 2004 and 2005, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work and nominated for other major awards in the mystery genre.

His presentation referenced his latest work, THE NEW ANNOTATED DRACULA, published by W.W. Norton on October 31, 2008.

Thank you to the Curious Collectors of Baker Street and The Trained Cormorants of Long Beach for their help in organizing this gathering, and especially to Vinnie Brosnan for the keepsakes: Photograph of the London Library, Rerpint of The Case of the Illustrious Predecessor from the Wilson Library Bulletin and The Sherlock Holmes Mother Goose.

2007
Monday, June 25th
6:30 PM

2007 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Washington, D.C.

Daniel Stashower, Baker Street Irregulars
Gayle T. Harris, Red Circle
Francine Morris Swift, Baker Street Irregulars, Sub-Libarians
Peter E. Blau, Baker Street Irregulars, Red Circle
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars

Members of the Sub-Librarians and the Red Circle of Washington met for dinner at the National Press Club during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC on Monday, June 25th, 2007 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Marsha Pollak, Sub-Librarians, and Peter E. Blau of the Red Circle of Washington welcomed the group and were hosts to a night of Sherlockian toasts and presentations. Speakers included Daniel Stashower, author of Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle, Gayle T. Harris, former librarian at the Library of Congress, and Francine Swift, long-time member and former chair of the Sub-Librarians. Francine revealed the traditional close of a Sub-Librarians gathering, the reading of Vincent Starrett's poem, "221B", is to be read in unison by all attendees. Juxtaposing the new and the old: Christy Allen has created a Sub-Librarians website, and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were also in attendance.

2006
Monday, June 26th
6:00 PM

2006 Sub-Librarians Meeting

New Orleans, LA

Christy Allen, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.

A small group of Sub-Librarians met for dinner at the Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in downtown New Orleans on June 26th, 2006 from 6pm to 8pm.

2003
Sunday, June 22nd
4:00 PM

2003 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Sherlock Holmes Is Alive and Well at the Metropolitan Toronto Library: The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Victoria Gill, Curator of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
Doug Wrigglesworth, Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
Bob Coghill, The Bootmakers of Toronto

At the 31st (Irregular) Annual meeting, the Sub-Librarians toured the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, one of the world's finest collections of materials by and about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, at the Toronto Reference Library. Marsha Pollak, Doug Wrigglesworth of the Friends of Arthur Conan Doyle and Bob Coghill of the Bootmakers welcomed the group. Victoria Gill, Curator, gave an introduction to the Collection, emphasizing Sherlock Holmes. Afterwards there was a "Coffee and Sticky Buns" light reception, hosted by The Bootmakers of Toronto, the local Sherlock Holmes scion society. Bob Coghill gave a talk and slide presentation. The Sub-Librarians met and mingled with the Bootmakers and the Friends of the ACD Collection.

2002
Sunday, June 16th
4:00 PM

2002 Sub-Librarians Meeting: The Hound Underground

Atlanta, GA

Timothy J. Johnson, University of Minnesota Libraries
Marsha Pollak, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., BSI, ASH

Marsha Pollak and the Confederates of Wisteria Lodge welcomed the Sub-Librarians to the 30th (Irregular) annual meeting in Atlanta. The traditional toasts were given, and we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the publication of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books at the University of Minnesota Libraries, spoke on "The Hound Underground: Sherlockian Exploits in a State-of-the-Art Library Facility." He talked about both the renowned holdings of the Sherlock Holmes Collection, focusing on the Hound, and the Elmer L. Andersen Library's arrangement of underground storage and research facilities.

Courtesy of Jon Lellenberg, a reproduction of Elmer Davis' "A Message to American Librarians," about the continuing importance of libraries in war-time, was distributed to each attendee. Elmer Davis, noted Sherlockian and author of the Baker Street Irregulars' Constitution and Buy-Laws, was director of the Office of War Information in Washington, D.C. The message was originally published in the Bulletin of the American Library Association on October 1, 1942.

Thanks to Bill Leonard, Kitty Klein and Kay Pinckney for local assistance.

2001
Sunday, June 17th
4:00 PM

2001 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Tea and Mystery

San Francisco, CA

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., BSI, ASH
Dianne Day, Author

Marsha Pollak welcomed the Sub-Librarians and members of local scions, including the Scowrers and Molly Maguires, the Tide-Waiters, the Knights of the Gnomon, and Disjecta Membra, to the 29th (Irregular) annual meeting. Once again the group met in the Savoy Room (now a Crowne Plaza Hotel) and had a delicious afternoon tea with tea sandwiches, scones and pastries.

The traditional toasts were made to Lomax by Marc Kaufman, to Sherlock Holmes by Joe Coppola, to Baron Gruner by Bridget Stearns, to Kitty Winter by Alberta Hankenson, and to Hill Barton.

Dianne Day was our featured speaker. Day is the author of the Fremont Jones mystery stories. The first book in this series, The Strange Files of Fremont Jones, was set in 1905 San Francisco where Fremont has a career as a "type-writer" and buys a copy of Collier's Weekly with the latest Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes mystery.

The meeting closed with the reading of "221B."

2000
Sunday, July 9th
4:30 PM

2000 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Ace Atkins and M.C. Beaton

Chicago, IL

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., BSI, ASH
Ace Atkins, Author
M.C. Beaton, Author

The Sub-Librarians planned and advertised a program with renowned science fiction and fantasy author Philip Jose Farmer. George Scheetz was instrumental in making that introduction. However, due to ill health, Farmer was unable to travel and had to cancel close to the program date.

However, on very short notice, Ace Atkins agreed to come to Chicago and speak to the group. Atkins had spoken to a very appreciative group of Sub-Librarians the previous year in New Orleans, and he gave another stellar performance in Chicago. He talked about his new book, Leaving' Trunk Blues, which is another Nick Travers mystery, this one set in Chicago, from St. Martin's Press.

St. Martin's also stepped up and offered to have author M.C. Beaton join Ace as a speaker. M.C. Beaton is a pseudonym of Marion Chesney, who may be best known as the author of romance novels set during the English Regency. Her first detective story as M.C. Beaton came out for St. Martin's in 1985. She has two series-one set in Scotland with Hamish Macbeth and one set in the Cotswolds with Agatha Raisin.

St. Martin's generously provided copies of both authors' books for signing after the program.

Marsha Pollak chaired the program, welcomed the audience, explained the change in speakers, called for toasts and introduced the authors.

1999
Sunday, June 27th
4:00 PM

1999 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Mystery and Music in the Big Easy

New Orleans, LA

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars, ASH
Ace Atkins, Tampa Tribune, Author

The Sub-Librarians gathered in New Orleans' French Quarter at the Royal Sonesta Hotel to hear Ace Atkins, reporter for the Tampa Tribune, talk about his first book, Crossroad Blues. It immediately became apparent that the Bourbon room, which sat 50, was woefully inadequate. Hotel staff graciously moved the meeting to the hotel courtyard, setting up 200 chairs for the overflow crowd, which included members of the local Sherlockian scion, The Mystick Krewe of Sherlock Holmes, and the Friends of Mary Russell.

Marsha Pollak welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced Atkins, who talked about his first book and took questions from the audience. Crossroad Blues is a mystery set in contemporary New Orleans with a plot centered around the 1938 murder of legendary guitarist Robert Johnson. Because of the size of the crowd, the walking tour of places in the novel had to be canceled.

1998
Monday, June 29th
6:00 PM

1998 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Sherlock Holmes in Washington

Washington, D.C.

Maxine Reneker, Director, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Ca.
Peter E. Blau, The Red Circle of Washington, BSI
Francine Morris Swift, The Sub-Librarians, The Red Circle of Washington
Gayle T. Harris, Library of Congress

The Sub-Librarians joined The Red Circle of Washington for drinks and dinner at the National Press Club. Marsha Pollak was unable to attend due to a major library renovation in California, and Maxine Reneker very capably stood in to host the program with Peter Blau. Toasts were given by visiting Sub-Librarians and locals: Lomax by Rosemary Michaud, Sherlock Holmes by Frank Sadowsky, Hill Barton by Barbara Lattimer, Baron Gruner by Eugenia Ryner and 221B by Ray de Groat.

Our senior Sub-Librarian, Francine Morris Swift, spoke about the "Good Old Days of the Sub-Librarians." Francine followed founder John Bennett Shaw as Chair. She attended her first Sub-Librarians meeting at the second gathering of the Sub-Librarians in 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Gayle T. Harris, retired librarian from the Library of Congress, spoke about "Skeletons in the Stacks" and Peter Blau's topic was "Insights and Revelations on the World of Sherlockian Scholarship and Conviviality."

The meeting closed with a read of "221B."

1997
Sunday, June 29th
4:00 PM

1997 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Sleuths on the Screen

San Francisco, CA

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars, ASH
Ron Miller, Author
Paula Brown, Knights of the Gnomon, Noble West Enders
Robert H. Steele, Scowrers and Molly Maguires

Marsha Pollak and Robert Steele welcomed the Sub-Librarians to the Holiday Inn for afternoon tea once again and reminded them to take a look at the shadow boxes representing Sherlockian stories and the re-creation of 221B sitting room after the program. Greetings from various scions were given: Steele from the Scowrers and Molly Maguires, Michael Kean from the Diogenes Club of Monterey, and Ray de Groat of the Persian Slipper Club. Everyone then stood and sang "God Save the Queen."

The traditional toasts were given to Sherlock Holmes, to Lomax by Maxine Reneker, to Hill Barton by Don Yates, to Baron Gruner by Frank Sadowsky, and to Kitty Winter by Rosemary Michaud. This last was a particularly rousing ditty, a tribute in song to Kitty, sung "expressively" by Michaud.

Our first speaker, Ron Miller, is the award winning, syndicated television columnist for The San Jose Mercury News. The author of Mystery! A Celebration: Stalking Public Television's Greatest Sleuths, he spoke on detectives on the small screen.

Paula Brown, our next speaker, is a well-known Sherlockian who started a scion called The Noble West Enders. Paula is an expert on, and paid tribute to, the late Jeremy Brett, portrayer of Holmes on Mystery!

The meeting ended with the singing of "A Song for Sub-Librarians" and the reading of Vincent Starrett's poem "221B." Many then walked across the hall to the S.Holmes Esq. Pub for a drink and more conversation.

1996
Sunday, July 7th
4:30 PM

1996 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Sherlock Holmes: Possessor or Possessed

New York, NY

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., ASH
Susan Rice, Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, Baker Street Irregulars

At the 24th (Irregular) meeting, the Sub-Librarians met with members of several New York City area Sherlockian scion societies, including the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes and Montague Street Lodgers, at the Renaissance Hotel. A last minute room change moved the group into the bar area, very handy for toasts. Paula Perry made the toast to Lomax, Joe Coppola to Sherlock Holmes, Frank Sadowski to Hill Barton, Bill Vande Water to Baron Gruner, and Maxine Reneker to Kitty Winter.

Susan Rice, author of A Compound of Excelsior, spoke on "Sherlock Holmes: Possessor or Possessed," dealing with conservation and classification. She revealed her belief that there are only two ways to divide the human race: everyone is either an accumulator or discarder. She then proceeded to apply her findings to the Canon and Sherlock Holmes.

The meeting closed with a reading of "221B" and the singing of "A Song for Sub-Librarians."

Local arrangements and thanks go to Paula Perry, ASH and Andrew J. Peck, BSI.

1995
Sunday, June 25th
4:00 PM

1995 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Let a Woman in Your Life: the Women in Conan Doyle's Life and Fiction

Chicago, IL

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
Ely Liebow, Northeastern Illinois University

At the 23rd (Irregular) meeting, the Sub-Librarians greeted members of multiple Chicago area scion societies at the Harold Washington Library Center. The meeting began with a champagne and dessert reception in the lower lobby and then moved into the video theater for the program. Toasts were given by Katherine Rankin, Deborah Schlesinger and others.

Marsha Pollak, ASH, welcomed everyone and introduced Ely. M. Liebow, professor of English at Northeastern Illinois University and author of Dr. Joe Bell: Model for Sherlock Holmes. Liebow spoke on the topic "Let a Woman in Your Life: The Women in Arthur Conan Doyle's Life and Fiction."

1994
Sunday, June 26th
6:00 PM

1994 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Miami, It's Murder

Miami, FL

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
Arlyn Katims, The Tropical Deerstalkers of Miami
Edna Buchanan, Miami Herald, Author

The Sub-Librarians joined The Tropical Deerstalkers for drinks and dinner at the Sheraton River House. Edna Buchanan, Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald reporter and author, was the featured speaker. Buchanan talked about her newest book, Miami It's Murder, a plot featuring bad cops, a serial rapist, and a politician with a dark past. She also included personal remarks to ALA members.

The story Dancing Men was discussed.

Eve Titus, author of the Basil of Baker Street books also joined the gathering and signed books.p

Many thanks to Arlyn Katims of the Tropical Deerstalkers.

1993
Sunday, June 27th
4:30 PM

1993 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Sherlock Holmes on Stage and Screen

New Orleans, LA

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
Jon Lazar, Rochester Public Library

Marsha Pollak, ASH, welcomed everyone to the 21st (Irregular) annual meeting of the Sub-Librarians. Toasts were given to Lomax by Doris Dale, Sherlock Holmes by Frank Sadowski, Hill Barton by Douglas Cook, Baron Gruner by Ellen Ellickson and Kitty Winter by Connie Walker. Jon Lazar, Supervisor of Technical Services at Rochester Public Library, gave a slide presentation on Sherlock Holmes on the stage and screen.

The meeting ended with the reading of "221B" and the singing of "A Song for Sub-Librarians." Those interested in dining in the Big Easy continued on.

1992
Sunday, June 28th
4:00 PM

1992 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Wandering Through the Strand

San Francisco, CA

Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes
Robert Steele, Scowrers and Molly Maguires
Ted Schulz, Baker Street Irregulars, Scowrers and Molly Maguires
Poul Anderson, Baker Street Irregulars, Scowrers and Molly Maguires

Please join the Sublibrarians Scion of the Baker Street Irregulars in the American Library Association at the S. Holmes Esq. for A Victorian High Tea including assorted teas, tea sandwiches, scones, shortbread cookies and strawberries with Devonshire cream and fascinating talks by Colonel Ted Schulz, winner of the Two-Shilling award from the BSI, on the Strand Magazine, and Poul Anderson noted science fiction and mystery writer.

Welcome by Marsha Pollak and Robert Steele, Bodymaster of the Scowrers and Molly Maguires. The obligatory toasts: Lomax, given by Maxine Reneker; Sherlock Holmes, a limerick by Rosemary Michaud; Hill Barton by Doris Dale; Baron Gruner by Ted Schulz; and Kitty Winter by Eugenia Winter. An additional toast was given to Irene Adler by Phyllis White and a Standing on the Terrace by Ray de Groat as well as a spirited singing of "A Song for Sub-Librarians." The meeting closed with a reading of 221B.

1991
Sunday, June 30th
4:30 PM

1991 Sub-Librarians Meeting: In Bed With Sherlock Holmes

Atlanta, GA

Marsha Pollak

Jennie C. Paton, Media Services Librarian, gave a multi-media presentation on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, showing the 1929 Fox interview, and the Sherlock Holmes stories, showing how they have been used in various commercials.

Marsha Pollak, ASH, and Bill Leonard welcomed the group to the 19th (Irregular) annual meeting of the Sub-Librarians. Obligatory toasts were given to Lomax by Maxine Reneker; Sherlock Holmes by Ruth Carr; Hill Barton by Ed Oram; Baron Gruner by Doug Highsmith, and Kitty Winter by Eugenia Winter. Bob Ludemann and Kay Pinckney also gave toasts.

Door prizes were courtesy of Players Press, Inc. and the meeting ended with a reading of "221B" by Vincent Starrett.

Local arrangements and thanks to Maxine Reneker, Kay Pinckney, Bill and Mary Leonard and Steve Schaefer.

1990
Sunday, June 24th
4:00 PM

1990 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Introducing Sherlock Holmes

Chicago, IL

Norman Davis, Baker Street Irregulars, The Pawky Humorists
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.

Forget Eliot Ness! The original untouchable comes to Big Al's hometown. Norman M. Davis, BSI will present a lecture on the Master Detective and share Sherlockiana from his collection. Refreshments will follow. There will be the customary toasts to Lomax, Sherlock Holmes, Hill Barton, Baron Gruner and Kitty Winter. Anyone wishing to give a canonical toast may notify Maxine Reneker or Marsha Pollak upon arrival. Local arrangement thanks to Maxine Reneker.

1987
Sunday, June 28th
4:00 PM

1987 Sub-Librarians Meeting: A Victorian High Tea with Sherlock Holmes

San Francisco, California

Howard Lachtman, Baker Street Irregulars
Otto Penzler, Baker Street Irregulars
Ted Schulz, Tide-Waiters, Scowrers and Molly Maguires, Baker Street Irregulars
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.

100 years for Sherlock Holmes; 50 years for the Golden Gate Bridge. Tthe 17th (Irregular) annual meeting took place in the Savoy Room, adjacent to the S. Holmes Esq. Pub on the 30th floor of the Holiday Inn-Union Square. The program included a Victorian high tea, announcements/toasts, Sherlockian door prizes, and a reading of Vincent Starrett's "221B". Presenters included Howard Lachtman, writer of "Sherlock Slept Here," on Conan Doyle's San Francisco Visits and Otto Penzler, publisher of the Mysterious Press, on the increasing popularity of mystery fiction. Local arrangements thanks to Eugenia Winter for her spectacular planning.

1986
Monday, June 30th
5:30 PM

1986 Sub-Librarians Meeting

New York, NY

Andrew J. Peck, Baker Street Irregulars
Marsha Pollak, Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes

At the 16th (Irregular) Annual Meeting, library personnel from all over the United States met at KeensRestaurant with representatives of several local societies, including the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, the Montague Street Lodgers of Brooklyn and The Three Garridebs. The program included toasts, Sherlockian door prizes, a reading of the poem "221B" by Vincent Starrett, and a presentation by Andrew J. Peck, editor of "The Commonplace Book," discussing his experiences as a collector of Sherlockiania. Local arrangements thanks to Paula J. Perry, ASH.

1985
Saturday, July 6th
3:00 PM

1985 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Chivago, IL

Marsha Pollak, Co-Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
George Scheetz, Co-Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
Gunnar Sundin, Criterion Bar Association of Chicago

A Sherlockian cocktail party at the Newberry Library, featuring wine, soft drinks, hors d'oevres, and displays of Sherlockian books, including books which might have been found in Holmes's own library. Gunnar Sundin, of the Criterion Bar Association, gave a talk on Sherlock Holmes's London Today. George Scheetz read Vincent Starrett's poem "221B". Local arrangements thanks to Karen Skubish of the Newberry Library.

1984
Sunday, June 24th
1:00 PM

1984 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Dallas, TX

Marsha Pollak, Co-Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
George Scheetz, Co-Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
William B. Beeson, Baker Street Irregulars

The Crew of the Barque "Lone Star" are delighted to welcome The Sub-Librarians and The 1st Bangalore Pioneers to the Grand Sallon of the Barque "Lone Star" on this 24th Day of June, A.H. 151. There is no formal program planned, but we would like very much for a number of our members to present Sub-Librarian toasts. Dinner is at the Old Spaghetti Warehouse. The cost is $10.00 for veal parmigiana, spaghetti, salad, bread and drink. The Crew offers the song The Irish Ballad.

1983
Saturday, June 25th
6:00 PM

1983 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Basil Rathbone - Nigel Bruce Memorial Banquet

Los Angeles, CA

Lloyd Shapoff, Ash
Robert Kirste, Non-Canonical Calabashes
Barbara Elder, Non-Canonical Calabashes
Susan Carger, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S. I. in A.L.A.
Dorothea Brown, Ash
Donna Crosland, Ash
Norma Butts, Ash
Heidi Ward, Ash
Denny Ward, Ash
Willis Frick, Non-Canonical Calabashes
John Abbott
Leonard Stern
Don Mankiewicz

This was the Thirteenth (Irregular) Annual Meeting of the Sublibrarians Scion with the Non-Canonical Calabashes of Los Angeles. On Friday evening there was an informal cocktail party in the Biltmore. On Saturday evening the main meeting at the Biltmore Hotel was chaired by Sean Wright, the Cherrywood of the Non-Canonical Calabashes, and Marsha Pollak of the Sub-Librarians. George Scheetz was unable to attend. The program included canonical toasts given by Lloyd Shapoff, The Cherrywood (aka Sean Wright), Robert Kirste, Barbara Elder, Susan Carger, Dorothea Brown, Donna Crosland, Norma Butts, and Heidi and Denny Ward. Toasts were followed by the Ash Ceremonial, an induction ceremony for new members also called "The Musgrace Ritual". Other items on the program included a quiz related to "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" organized by Willis Frick and the following presentations:

"V.R. - It's Real Significance!" by Robert Kirste

"Thirty Years: I was Irene Adler's Butler... and a Red Herring to Doctor Watson" by Mr. John Abbott, eminent actor, who appeared in Pursuit to Algiers and Sherlock Holmes in New York.

"Bedevilled Angel" an episode of the "Rosetti & Ryan" television series (1977-1978) based on the Sherlock Holmes story "The Red-Headed League" followed by a discussion by Mr. Leonard Stern and Mr. Don Mankiewicz, producer and story editor, respectively, for the "Rosetti & Ryan" series.

1982
Saturday, July 10th
4:00 PM

1982 Sub-Librarians Meeting:

Philadelphia, PA

Steven Rothman, SOCB
Peter E. Blau, Baker Street Irregulars
J.B. Post
George Scheetz, Co-Chair,Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
John Bennett Shaw, Baker Street Irregulars
Marsha Pollak, Co-Chair, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.

The program included: greetings, roll call, announcements, toasts, scion reports (from the Sub-Librarians and the Master's Class), Breaks, Farewell, and the following presentations:

"Christopher Morley on the Road to Baker Street" by Steven Rothman, SOCB

"Was Sherlock Holmes Illiterate?" by Peter E. Blau, BSI

"Sending Down to Stamfords" by J.B. Post

Books donated by Avon Books

"Quiz" created by John Bennett Shaw, BSI (in absentia)

1981
Monday, June 1st
12:00 AM

1981 Sub-Librarians Meeting

San Francisco, CA

George Sheetz, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
Marsha Pollak, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.

Marsha Pollak and George Scheetz met at the S. Holmes Esq. Pub to discuss the revival of the Sub-Librarians Scion of the Baker Street Irregulars after 4 years of inactivity

Monday, February 2nd
6:00 PM

1981 Sub-Librarians Meeting: ALA Midwinter

Washington, DC

Francine Morris Swift, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I in A.L.A.

The program included a simple cocktail buffet at 6pm held at the apartment of Francine Morris Swift (nee Margaret F. Morris) with members of the Red Circle. The buffet was followed by a screening of "A Study in Terror" at the American Film Institute at 8pm.

1977
Tuesday, June 21st
12:00 PM

1977 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Detroit, MI

John Bennett Shaw, Baker Street Irregulars
Francine Morris Swift, Chairman, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes

Program included toasts, a quiz compounded by John Bennett Shaw, sundry reports, sales pitches, etc., and the "Song for Sub-Librarians", a Sherlockian poem set to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Francine Morris Swift presiding.

Friday, February 4th
12:00 AM

1977 Sub-Librarians Meeting: ALA Midwinter

Washington, DC

Francine Morris Swift, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.

Viewing of the film "A Study in Terror" at the American Film Institute

1976
Tuesday, July 20th
12:00 PM

1976 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Chicago, IL

John Nieminski
Marilyn Levinson
Jon Lasar
Marcia Jebb
John Storck
John Harvey
Hunter Miracle
Robert H. Hahn, Hugo's Companions, Baker Street Irregulars
John Bennett Shaw, Baker Street Irregulars
Ely Liebow
Francine Morris Swift, Chairman, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.

The program includes toasts by John Nieminski, Marilyn Levinson, Jon Lasar, Marcia Jebb, John Storck, and John Harvey. There was also a quiz by John Bennett Shaw, honors by Ely Liebow, and a recording of Basil Rathbone reading the Vincent Starrett poem "221B". The following presentations were also given:

"Tribute to Allie Beth Martin, founding Sub-Librarian and President of the American Library Association" by Hunter Miracle

"Greetings from the Sub-Librarians Scion of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London within the Canadian Library Association" by John Barkhill

"The Adventure of the Aged Librarian" by Bob Hahn, B.S.I.

1975
Tuesday, July 1st
12:00 PM

1975 Sub-Librarians Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Dean W. Dickensheet, Baker Street Irregulars, Scowrers and Molly Maguires
Francine Morris Swift, Chairman, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes
Richard H. Dillon
John Bennett Shaw, Baker Street Irregulars
Vincent Starrett

Program includes toasts, sentiments from Dean W. Dickensheet of the Baker Street Irregulars, luncheon presided over by Francine Morris Swift and the following presentations:

"Hatty Doran's San Francisco" by Richard H, Dillon, Sutro Library

"Holmes, Blackmail, and Early English Charters" by Margaret F. Morris

"The Horrible Headline Quiz" by John Bennett Shaw, B.S.I.

"221B" by Vincent Starrett

1973
Tuesday, June 26th
11:30 AM

1973 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Las Vegas, NV

John Bennett Shaw, Baker Street Irregulars
Francine Morris Swift, Chairman, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.

Program included drinks, annual luncheon, toasts, and quiz.

1972
Tuesday, June 27th
12:00 PM

1972 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Chicago, IL

Francine Morris Swift, Co-Chairman, Sub-Librarian Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., The Crew of the Barque Lone Star
Edward S. Lauterbach, Baker Street Irregulars
John Nieminski, Baker Street Irregulars
Helen Quinn
David Levinson, Baker Street Irregulars
Gayle Lange Puhl
Robert W. Hahn, Co-Chairman, Baker Street Irregulars, Hugo's Companions

The Sixth Conference Program includes a chant led by Edward S. Lauterbach; toasts by Francine Morris, Edward Lauterbach, John Nieminski, Helen Quinn, and David Levinson; and a reading of the Vincent Starrett poem "221B" by Robert W. Hahn. The presentation was:

"Hogs, Holmes, and Harpoons" by Gayle Lange Puhl

1971
Monday, June 21st
12:00 PM

1971 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Dallas, TX

John Bennett Shaw, Chairman, Sub-Librarian Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars
Helen Quinn
J.H. Shera, The Crew of the Barque Lone Star
Francine Morris Swift, Sub-Librarian Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., The Crew of the Barque Lone Star
Laverne Prewitt, The Crew of the Barque Lone Star
Jason Rouby, Baker Street Irregulars; The Arkansas Valley Investors, Ltd.
E.W. McDiarmid, Baker Street Irregulars; Norwegian Explorers
John N. Storck, Beekeepers of Lima, Ohio

The program included toasts from Helen Quinn, Dr. J.H. Shera, Francine Morris, and Laverne Prewitt. Research papers were presented by Jason Rouby, B.S.I; E.W. McDiarmid, B.S.I, and John N. Storck, Chief Drone of the Beekeepers of Lima, Ohio. In lieu of a toast and as a tribute to The Great Detective a reading of "221B Baker Street" Vincent Starrett's noted sonnet given by John Bennett Shaw, B.S.I.

1970
Tuesday, June 30th
11:30 AM

1970 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Detroit, MI

John Bennett Shaw, Chairman, Sub-Librarian Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars
Russell McLauchlin, Baker Street Irregulars
Harry Hartman, Baker Street Irregulars
William T. Rabe, Baker Street Irregulars

The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Sub-Librarian Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A. program includes toasts by Russell McLauchlin, Harry Hartman, and William T. Rabe, a slideshow with commentary by James Stokley, addresses by Francine Morris and David Skene Melvin, as well as socializing and reading the Vincent Starrett poem "221B'.

Credit and thanks to Robert H. Schutz, B.S.I. for the Watson entry library card, to Edward S. Lauterbach, B.S.I. for the poem by his late father Charles E. Lauterbach, B.S.I. and to Henry Lauritzen, B.S.I., for the illustrations to the poem, both here published for the first time.

1969
Tuesday, June 24th
11:30 AM

1969 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Atlantic City, NJ

John Bennett Shaw, Chairman, Sub-Librarian Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars
Ron De Waal, Baker Street Irregulars
Margaret Francine Morris, Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A.
Herman Beerman, Baker Street Irregulars
Robert Corlies
John N. Storck, Bee Keepers of Lima, Ohio
Henry T. Folsom, Scandalous Bohemians of New Jersey

Program includes drinks, luncheon, toasts, conversation, chit-chat, witticisms, bon mots, a quiz created by John Bennett Shaw, a reading of the Vincent Starrett poem "221B", and two distinguished monographs presented by John N. Storck and Rev. Henry T. Folsom.

1968
Tuesday, June 25th
12:00 PM

1968 Sub-Librarians Meeting

Kansas City, MO

John Bennett Shaw, Chairman, Sub-Librarian Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A., Baker Street Irregulars

The Sub-Librarians Scion of the B.S.I. in A.L.A. will hold its Second Annual Meeting during the American Library Association Annual Conference. Cost $4.00 plus cash bar. Menu -- Beef (what else in Kansas City).

This Scion is open to all Sherlockians, of either sex, who are in any way in the world of libraries. We will have some papers (an excellent one is already scheduled) and volunteers will be welcome.

We will be joined by the local members of The Great Alkali Plainsmen, the Kansas City Area Scion Society.

1967
Wednesday, June 28th
12:00 PM

1967 First Sub-Librarians Meeting

San Francisco, California

John Bennett Shaw, Chairman, Administrative Committee of the Tulsa City-County System; the Notre Dame Library Advisory Council; BSI
Howard Haycraft, President, Chairman of H.W. Wilson Co.; Author
Keith Jennison, Publisher
Robert H. Steele, Bodymaster, Scowrers and Molly Maguires

John Bennett Shaw and Howard Haycraft conceived the idea of a Sherlockian library group at The Baker Street Irregulars Dinner in January 1967. The first meeting of The Sub-Librarians of the Baker Street Irregulars in the American Library Association took place at a luncheon six months later on June 28 during the Annual American Library Association conference. Local Scowrers and Molly Maguires attending included Robert Steele, Dean and Shirley Dickensheet, Phyllis and Tony White (aka Anthony Boucher), Helan Halbach of Santa Barbara and Ray de Groat.

In addition to Shaw and Haycraft, other guests included Molly Haycraft, Keith Jennison, and Luther Norris.

The large-type edition of Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Cases, with an introduction by Haycraft, had been recently published. The book was distributed to everyone present, and was autographed by Haycraft, who was active in the Round Table on Service to the Blind among many ALA committees, and Jennison, its publisher.