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Collection Number: 12028

Collection Title: Mary Shore Cameron Sherlock Holmes Collection, 1872-2019

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Size Approximately 3000 items
Abstract Published novels and stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon and Sherlockiana collected by white librarian Mary Shore Cameron (1908-1968) in the mid-twentieth century. The collection contains bibliographies; first editions published in England and the United States; foreign language editions; paperbacks; compilations; plays; Sherlock stories in magazines and newspapers; scholarly and popular articles; reviews and literary criticism; other writings and publications by Arthur Conan Doyle; manuscript items signed by Doyle and other authors; rare book dealer catalogs; parodies and pastiches; maps and pictorial works; and programs, ephemera, and publications of Sherlock societies including the Baker Street Irregulars. Also included are Cameron's scrapbooks and her correspondence with Sherlock scholars Nathan L. Bengis, William S. Baring-Gould, Luther L. Norris, John Bennett Shaw, and others. Serials including The Baker Street Journal are regularly added to the collection. Acquired as part of the Rare Book Collection.
Creator Cameron, Mary Shore.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Non-bibliographic portions of this collection are not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting this collection.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mary Shore Cameron Sherlock Holmes Collection #12028, Rare Book Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Edward Cameron in 1978 (Acc. 103733).
Additional Descriptive Resources
Richards, Christy Edina. An Assessment of the Mary Shore Cameron Sherlock Holmes Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Master's Paper for the M.S. in L.S. degree. November, 2003. 235 pages. Advisor: David Carr. The master's paper is available in the Carolina Digital Repository.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Mary Shore Cameron (1908-1968) of Chapel Hill, N.C., was a librarian and a collector of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockiana. Her husband Edward Alexander Cameron (1907-1992) donated Mary's collection to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.

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Published novels and stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon and Sherlockiana collected by white librarian Mary Shore Cameron (1908-1968) in the mid-twentieth century. The collection contains bibliographies; first editions published in England and the United States; foreign language editions; paperbacks; compilations; plays; Sherlock stories in magazines and newspapers; scholarly and popular articles; reviews and literary criticism; other writings and publications by Arthur Conan Doyle; manuscript items signed by Doyle and other authors; rare book dealer catalogs; parodies and pastiches; maps and pictorial works; and programs, ephemera, and publications of Sherlock societies including the Baker Street Irregulars. Also included are Cameron's scrapbooks and her correspondence with Sherlock scholars William S. Baring-Gould, Nathan L. Bengis, Luther L. Norris, John Bennett Shaw, and others. Serials including The Baker Street Journal are regularly added to the collection. Acquired as part of the Rare Book Collection.

The collection was arranged by the donor Edward Cameron and archivist Brooke Alan shortly after the collection was received in 1978. The categories were constructed based on the format, genre, and content of the different material types.

Materials in each category listed below are described in Christy Edina Richard's An Assessment of the Mary Shore Cameron Sherlock Holmes Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Master’s Paper for the M.S. in L.S. degree. November, 2003. The master's paper is available in the Carolina Digital Repository.

Assigned Categories from Original Arrangement of the Collection:

1. Bibliographies

2a. First and Other Editions

2b. Pastiches and Plays by Doyle

2c. Sherlock Holmes Novels Bound with Each Other

2d. Sets of Sherlock Holmes Stories

2e. Paperbacks of Sherlockian Stories

2f. Foreign Language Editions

2g. Shorthand Editions

2h. Combinations of the Stories

3. Periodicals Containing Sherlick Holmes Stories

4a. Books and Pamphlets about the Writings and Associated Topics

4b. Books, a Part of which Contain Material about the Writings

4c. Periodicals Containing Material about the Writings

5a. Imitations, Parodies, Pastiches, Plays, etc. in Book Form

5b. Periodicals Containing Imitations, Parodies, Pastiches, Plays, etc.

6. Associated Books and Pamphlets

7. Baker Street Irregulars and Other Sherlock Holmes Societies

8. Pictorial and Map Materials

9. Letters and Other Autographed Items

10. Mary Shore Cameron Correspondence

11. Scrapbooks of Mary Shore Cameron

12. Non-Sherlockian Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

13. Programs and Other Ephemera Related to Sherlockian Meetings

14. Dealer's Catalogs and Correspondence

15. Sherlock Holmes Greeting Cards and Stationery

16. Sherlock Holmes in the Theatre, Motion Pictures, Radio, and TV

17. Miscellaneous Manuscripts

18. Journals

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Processing Information

The Mary Shore Cameron Sherlock Holmes Collection was arranged into 28 categories by the donor Edward Alexander Cameron and archivist Brooke Alan shortly after the collection was received in 1978.

Encoded by: Laura Hart, October 2019

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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