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September 15, 2021 60 min
“a ramble through the Ragged Shaw” [PRIO] 

As the curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, Tim Johnson has seen just about everything. Almost as much as John Bennett Shaw saw.

When he was putting on his conferences and chatting with the various attendees, Shaw noticed something: there wasn't a definitive list of what every Sherlockian Library should have. 

Based on his observations, wide network, and endless library, Shaw developed a list of some 100 books, periodicals, and other material with which every Sherlock Holmes enthusiast should be familiar. This became known as The Shaw 100. Over time, items were added and others deleted.

We talk with Tim about how the collection and the list came to be, what significant changes occurred, and what a Shaw 100 list of 2021 might look like. Can you guess what might be on it?

And of course, we have another Canonical Couplet to challenge your acuity. If you are chosen as a winner, you'll get The Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook by Peter Haining. Answers are due by September 29, 2021 at 11:59 a.m. EDT.

Information on sponsors, links, and notes are available below.

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  • This episode:
  • The Shaw 100 (2001 edition)
  • The Shaw 100 (1983 edition, rev. 1988)
  • The Basic Holmesian Library: An Exhibit Based on Shaw's List of 100
  • Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • Previous episodes mentioned:
  • Episode 67: The Sherlock Holmes Collections
  • Episode 185: William Baring-Gould
  • Episode 171: John Bennett Shaw
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