Sherlockian.Net: Societies and fandom

[Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, monthly dinner April 2013]

Links about the Sherlock Holmes fandom

Traditional Sherlock Holmes societies — starting points

  • Lists of Sherlockian societies, maintained by Peter E. Blau
  • Worldwide Holmesian Photo Gallery
  • Sherlockian entities on Facebook
  • Sherlockians Around the World mapping
  • "Singular sets of people", an essay about Sherlockian scion societies by Bill Vande Water
  • One society, in Charleston, West Virginia, extensively explained
  • A Sherlockian Menagerie
  • How to Start and Run a Sherlockian Group


  • Sherlockian Calendar maintained by The Three Garridebs
  • 'BSI weekend' in New York each JanuaryHints for participants
  • 221B Con, April, Atlanta

    The Baker Street Irregulars

    The most famous Sherlock Holmes society is the Baker Street Irregulars, founded 1934 by Christopher Morley. Membership — in contrast to the custom for practically all other Sherlockian societies — is by invitation only. The major event is an annual January dinner in New York, the centrepiece of the annual "birthday weekend" that brings hundreds of Sherlockians to New York.

    The BSI has dozens of "scion societies" across the United States, and kindred societies in other countries. It publishes the quarterly Baker Street Journal.

  • Al Gregory's list of Irregulars, arranged by Investiture (on Sherlockian.Net)
  • The Baker Street Irregulars TrustFinding aid for archives at Harvard University
  • BSI Archival HistoryBlog
  • Canadian Baker Street Irregulars
  • Lyndsay Faye explains the BSI's January weekend . . . and explains why the BSI is not a fandom
  • Comments by Michael Dirda
  • A band that shares nothing except the name

    Societies in Canada

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  • The Bootmakers of Toronto, taking its name from an allusion in The Hound of the Baskervilles, is the parent society for Canadian Sherlockians.
  • The Bimetallic Question of Montréal
  • The Singular Society of the Baker Street Dozen (Calgary)
  • The Spence Munros of Halifax
  • The Stormy Petrels of British Columbia
  • The Wisteria Lodgers, Edmonton

    Societies in the United States — east

  • Three Garridebs of Westchester County
  • The Red Circle of Washington
  • Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit
  • Watson's Tin Box (Maryland)A Scintillation of Scions
  • The Baker Street Breakfast Club, Vermont
  • Mrs. Hudson's Cliffdwellers, New Jersey
  • The Napoleons of Crime, Princeton
  • Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston
  • The Ribston Pippins | Newspaper article about Detroit-area societies
  • White Rose Irregulars (York, Pennsylvania)
  • Society of the Naval Treaty (Annapolis)
  • The Pleasant Places of Florida
  • Sherlock NYC
  • Priory Scholars of New York
  • Sons of the Copper Beeches, Philadelphia
  • The Hansom Wheels, Columbia, South Carolina
  • The Napoleons of Crime, St. Mary's, Maryland
  • Sherlock Holmes Meetups
  • The Avenging Winters of Albany
  • Mrs. Hudson's Lodgers
  • Societies in the United States — central

  • The Hounds of the Baskerville [sic] (Chicago)
  • The Norwegian Explorers (Minnesota)
  • The Afghanistan Perceivers (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • Criterion Bar Association, Chicago
  • Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis
  • Nashville Scholars
  • Harpooners of the Sea Unicorn (St. Charles, Missouri)
  • The Giant Rats of Sumatra (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • The Younger Stamfords (Iowa City)
  • The Crew of the Barque Lone Star (Dallas, Fort Worth)
  • Diogenes Club of Dallas
  • The Hansoms of John Clayton, Peoria
  • Waterloo Station (SH Society of Austin, Texas)
  • The Hated Rivals on the Surrey Shore (Indianapolis)
  • Maiwand Jezails (Omaha)
  • McMurdo's Camp (Michigan)
  • The Original Tree Worshippers of Rock County (Wisconsin)
  • John Openshaw Society, Houston
  • The Agra Treasurers (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Pondicherry Lodge (Springfield, Illinois)
  • Parallel Case of St. Louis
  • Occupants of the Empty House (southern Illinois)
  • The Notorious Canary-Trainers (Madison, Wisconsin)

    Societies in the United States — west

  • The Blustering Gales from the South-West
  • The Noble and Most Singular Order of the Blue Carbuncle, Portland, Oregon
  • The Sound of the Baskervilles (Washington state)
  • Curious Collectors of Baker Street (Los Angeles)
  • The Sherlock Breakfast Club (Los Angeles)
  • Dr. Watson's Neglected Patients (Denver)

    Sherlockians in Japan

  • Japan Sherlock Holmes Club
  • Sherlock Holmes in Japan, by Keith E. Webb
  • The Shoso-in Bulletin

    Societies in other lands

  • Sherlock Holmes Society of London,
  • Sherlock Holmes Society of Scotland
  • The Sydney Passengers
  • Crew of the SS May Day, Northern Ireland
  • The Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street
  • Sherlock Holmes Society of India
  • Circulo Holmes (Spain)
  • Institute for the Study of the Life and Work of Sherlock Holmes, Czech Republic
  • The Irregular Special Railway Company
  • Magyar (Hungarian) Sherlock Holmes Club
  • Deutsche Sherlock-Holmes-GesellschaftBaker Street Chronicle
  • Société Sherlock Holmes de France
  • L'Escarboucle Bleue
  • Les Evadés de Dartmoor
  • Le Cercle Holmésien de Paris
  • The Poor Folk Upon the Moors
  • The Scandalous Bohemians (north of England)
  • The Retired Beekeepers of Sussex
  • Baker Street Irregulars of St. George's, University of London
  • The Florentine Holmes
  • The Baskerville Hall Club (
  • Czech Society of Sherlock Holmes, Ceská spolecnost Sherlocka Holmese, Czech Republic
  • Sherlock Holmes Society of Australia
  • Sherlock Holmes Society of Western Australia
  • Sherlock Holmes Society of South Australia
  • The Reichenbach Irregulars (Switzerland)
  • The Blue Scarves Society, Uruguay
  • Uno Studio in Holmes (Italy)
  • The Deerstalkers of Welshpool (Wales)

    Special-purpose societies

  • The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Sub-Librarians
  • The Sir James Saunders Society (dermatologists)
  • The Mini-Tonga Society (miniaturists)
  • The Master's Masons
  • The Elusive Bicyclists
  • The Admirable Beach Society
  • The John H. Watson Society
  • Sherlockian Violin Society

    Electronic societies

  • The John H. Watson Society
  • The Hounds of the Internet
  • Welcome Holmes
  • Canon Fodder Friday
  • The Sherlock Holmes Social Network, on 'ning'
  • Other e-mail lists and societies

    Individual Sherlockians

  • Some prominent Sherlockians of the past
  • Home pages of individual Sherlockians
  • The Grand Game: Fan-Inspired Trading Cards
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