TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1: Arthur Conan Doyle Correspondence, 1888-1930

Series 2: General Correspondence, 1836-2000

Series 3: Photographs, ca. 1908-1930

Series 4: Artwork, 1840-1953

Series 5: Miscellaneous, 1836-1998

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Inventory of the C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana, 1836-2000


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Polly Smith, 2009.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Kittle, C. Frederick
Title C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana
Dates 1836-2000
Extent 4 linear feet (4 boxes and 2 oversize folders)
Abstract Correspondence, photographs, and artwork of and relating to Arthur Conan Doyle and his family, forming a small part of the C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana, most of which is individually cataloged. Includes 140 letters, notes and cards written by Arthur Conan Doyle, six letters to him, and 56 other letters, some by Doyle family members and others retained by C. Frederick Kittle (mostly regarding his collecting of Doyle materials). Also artwork by Doyle’s father, grandfather and uncle, four additional illustrations, twenty-five photographs and a few miscellaneous items.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number VAULT Modern MS Kittle-Doyle
Collection Stack Location Vault 40 8

Administrative Information

Cite As

C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, Dr. C. Frederick Kittle, 2003.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2009.

Access

The C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 5 folders at a time maximum, and items in each folder will be counted before and after delivery to the patron (Priority I).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

British author.

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859, the son of Mary Foley and Charles Altamont Doyle. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated in 1881, and while there served as a doctor on a whaling ship and as a surgeon in West Africa. These early adventures were characteristic of a man whose life would be one of boundless, energetic activity – not only as a physician but ultimately, as a prolific and highly successful author.

Doyle’s reputation has been sustained by his creation of Sherlock Holmes, and the idiosyncratic sleuth has remained a literary icon for more than a hundred and twenty years after his first appearance in 1888 in the tale, A Study in Scarlet. However, although the writing of many extremely popular detective and adventure works was highly lucrative, Doyle’s bibliography reflects the range of his ardent interests and causes. In 1900, after volunteering as a doctor in Africa, he wrote a critique of the Boer War, apparently resulting in a knighthood in 1902. In 1909, Doyle was vigorously publicizing the deplorable conditions in the Congo. In 1914, too old to serve in the army, he organized a local volunteer battalion, and later published The British Campaign in France and Flanders. His sense of justice engaged him in the involvement of several notorious criminal cases, such as his defense of an accused murderer, Oscar Slater. Besides writing pamphlets and books on political and social issues, and continuing a steady output of short stories, Doyle produced plays, romances, historical novels, even poetry, and as an indefatigable correspondent, thousands of letters.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal life was a full and busy one. After his first wife, Louisa, died in 1906 leaving him with two children, he married Jean Leckie and eventually had three more children. Physically restless and robust, he enjoyed playing cricket, hiking, cycling, archeological excavating, traveling, lecturing. Doyle was wealthy enough to invest in various businesses, such as the A.W. Wall’s motorcycle company, McClure’s publishing company, and a card and stationary company, among others. Then, in the last decade of his life, his energies and emotions became fervently devoted to Spiritualism.

Doyle’s observations of and experiences with death and dying – his son and brother died in W.W. I. – and perhaps his own hyper-sensitive imagination, led him to find solace in the denial of death and a belief it was possible to contact persons beyond the grave. He kept contact with psychics, mediums and practicing Spiritualists and regularly lectured on the subject, participated in séances, and tried to figure out how to photograph the auras of the deceased. He even believed in fairies. For a time he was friendly with Harry Houdini, thinking the magician was sympathetic with the cause, when actually Houdini was a prominent opponent of the Spiritualist movement in the 1920s.

This final phase of the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, as sad and foolish as many critics have judged it, has not diminished his lasting distinction as an original and influential innovator in the field of crime and detective fiction. He died, aged 71, in 1930.

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Biography of C. Frederick Kittle

Chicago physician and collector.

A native of Athens, Ohio, Dr. C. Frederick Kittle graduated from Ohio University in 1942, went on to earn a medical degree at the University of Chicago, and completed his training in thoracic surgery at the University of Kansas. He has practiced at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies, Veterans Administration hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, the University of Chicago Hospitals, Cook County Hospitals, Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Chicago and Rush Medical College. Dr. Kittle, active in many professional organizations, was also the author of more than 200 journal articles in cardiology and thoracic surgery.

In his private life, Dr. Kittle had become a premier book collector. For thirty years he amassed an extensive collection of travel books written by physicians. When he sold these in 1990, he found he missed the spirit of collecting on a single theme, and commenced to concentrate on accumulating Doyleana – correspondence, manuscripts, first editions, photographs, and artwork relating to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his family. Dr. Kittle had first become attracted to Doyle’s work when he purchased “The Romance of Medicine”, a nineteen page, handwritten medical lecture that Doyle gave at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London in 1910. Kittle found a kindred spirit in Doyle, who had been a practicing physician before largely devoting himself to literary efforts.

During his retirement, Dr. Kittle donated his extensive and important collection of Arthur Conan Doyle materials to the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2003.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

This portion of the C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana, amassed by Dr. Kittle, includes mostly correspondence, twenty-five photographs, artwork and a few miscellaneous items relating to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his family. There are 140 letters, notes and cards written by Arthur Conan Doyle (including a few written by secretary and signed by him), and six letters to him, including 3 from Leslie Curnow, writer for Light, a journal of psychic research. There are 56 miscellaneous letters, some written by Doyle family members, others associated with Doyle, and the rest are those retained by Dr. Kittle relating to his collecting of Doyle materials.

The group of photographs consists of portraits and snapshots of Doyle, plus several associated with his various interests and activities, and a portrait of actor William Gillette. The art includes work of his grandfather John, his father Charles and his uncle Richard, 3 illustrations for published stories, and a pencil drawing by Horace Vernet.

Miscellany includes some notes for a lecture, a few pieces of ephemera, obituaries and memorial for Doyle’s daughter Jean, who died in 1997, and photocopies of correspondence held by the British Museum.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • A.W. Wall Ltd. -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Barr, Robert, 1850-1912 -- Correspondence
  • Beecher, Edward N. -- Correspondence
  • C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana (Newberry Library). Core Materials.
  • Cavell, Edith, 1865-1915 -- Correspondence
  • Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878 -- Correspondence
  • Curnow, Leslie -- Correspondence
  • Doyle family
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 -- Correspondence
  • Doyle, Charles Altamont -- Correspondence
  • Doyle, Jean Leckie
  • Doyle, John, 1797-1868
  • Doyle, Lena Jean Annette Conan
  • Doyle, Mary Louise Conan
  • Doyle, Richard, 1824-1883
  • Fast, Francis R. -- Correspondence
  • Ford, Arthur -- Correspondence
  • Gillette, William, 1853-1937
  • Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926
  • Kittle, C. Frederick -- Correspondence
  • Liberal Unionist Party (Great Britain)
  • McClure’s magazine
  • Paget, Sidney, 1861-1908 -- Correspondence
  • Park, William -- Correspondence
  • Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
  • Slater, Oscar, 1872-1948 -- Correspondence
  • Society for Psychical Research (Great Britain)
  • Strand magazine (London, England)
  • Sullivan, Mark, 1874-1952 -- Correspondence
  • Vernet, Horace, 1789-1863
  • Vidocq, Eugene Francois, 1775-1857

Subjects

  • Artists -- Great Britain
  • Authors, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence
  • Authors, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence
  • Correspondence -- 1851-1900
  • Correspondence -- 1901-1950
  • Correspondence -- 1951-2000
  • Drawings (visual works) -- Great Britain
  • Great Britain -- History -- Pictorial works
  • Illustrators -- Great Britain
  • Manuscripts, English
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Mediums -- Great Britain
  • Photographs -- 1901-1950
  • South African War, 1899-1902
  • Spiritualism -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Spiritualism -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Watercolor drawings -- Great Britain
  • World War, 1914-1918

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Container List

Series 1: Arthur Conan Doyle Correspondence, 1888-1930

140 letters and notes and cards written by Arthur Conan Doyle (including a few written by a secretary and signed by Doyle) reflecting the wide range of his interests and activities, from his early days as a practicing doctor to the year of his death in 1930. There are letters to his dentist, Guy Ash (one referring to his hopes of using the dye dicyanin to capture ghostly images); to his friend Robert Barr and his deteriorating relationship with McClure’s publishing business; to New England minister Edward N. Beecher relating to Spiritualism; to the Committee of the Electors of Central Edinburgh offering himself as a candidate for the Liberal Unionists, 1900; to Spiritualists and mediums Francis R. Fast and Arthur Ford; to Strand Magazine editor Sir George Newnes; to journalist William Park about the Oscar Slater case; to H.P. Rose regarding the A.W.Wall’s motorcycle company and the Autowheel; to the Society for Psychical Research to resign; to Sir Richard Stawell venting his outrage at the execution of Edith Cavell; to his friend American writer Mark Sullivan; to Mr. Wilson explaining his decline to run for political office for a third time. A further 32 letters to unknown correspondents cover a variety of subjects such as the Autowheel, the Slater case, his research for writing about World War I, and social and personal notes. Five of the six incoming letters deal with the subject of capturing auras of the deceased with the possible use of dicyanin dye and experimental glass cells, and the sixth is a note regarding William Park and the Slater case.
Arranged alphabetically for known correspondents, arranged chronologically for unknown correspondents, with 6 incoming letters at the end.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Marquis of Abergavenny: Request for permission to excavate for traces of primitive man at High Rocks, Feb. 15, 1909
1 2 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Appleton & Co.: Ltd. Reply to inquiry about Dr. Joseph Bell (apparent model for Sherlock Holmes), May 7, 1930
1 3 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Ash, Guy (via secretary): As a dentist, Ash should get a military exemption, April 14, 1917
1 4 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Ash, Guy: Please examine the bearer of this letter, wife's maid, undated
1 5 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Ash, Guy: Discussion of dicyanin experiment, undated
1 6 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Ash, Guy: Failure of dicyanin use, undated
1 7 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Atkins, Mr.: Bill for professional services, March, 1888
1 8 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Atkins, Mr.: Bill for professional services, May-June, undated
1 9 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Ballantyne,Ted: Letter meant for someone else, mistakenly sent to Ballantyne regarding a Congo flogging incident, undated
1 10 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Regarding McClure's publishing company, Nov.16, 1908
1 11 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Invitation to see play Fires of Fate, June 21, 1909
1 12 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Comments on British-American-Canadian relations, July 19, 1909
1 13 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Refusal of invitation due to a board meeting of Tuck Co., Dec. 14, 1909
1 14 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Desire to sell interests in McClure's publishing company, Dec. 20, 1909
1 15 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Business matters and rehearsal of play, Dec. 23, 1909.
1 16 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Invitation to see The House of Temperley, Dec. 29, 1909
1 17 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Success of play; business with McClure's, Jan. 7, 1910
1 18 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: McClure's business matters, Jan. 11, 1910
1 19 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Business matters and revision of House of Temperley, Mar. 14, 1910
1 20 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Financial settlement with McClure's, April 11, 1910
1 21 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Envelope postmarked Crowborough, June 27, 1910
1 22 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Comments on Barr's health, Sept. 22, 1910
1 23 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Offer to send car for Barr, Nov. 1, 1910
1 24 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Selling McClure's stock, undated, 1910
1 25 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: McClure's business, undated, 1910
1 26 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Barr's health better, undated, 1910
1 27 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Barr's health, Jan. 28, 1911
1 28 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Inquiry about Barr's health, Sept. 24, 1911
1 29 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Personal, anecdotal letter, undated, 1911
1 30 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Offer to meet his train, undated
1 31 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Robert: Reference unknown, undated
1 32 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Mrs. Robert: Condolences for Robert Barr's death, Oct. 23, 1912
1 33 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Mrs. Robert: Contacting Scotland Yard about collapse of the Oxted Tunnel, July 2, 1914
1 34 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Barr, Mrs. Robert: Remarks on British police and German spies, ca. 1917
1 35 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beecher, Edward N.: Thanks for photo and book, July 12, 1921
1 36 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beecher, Edward N.: May have to miss visiting Cleveland, July 13, 1922.
1 37 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beecher, Edward N.: Dismisses "Black" regarding Spiritualism, Sept. 13, 1922.
1 38 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beecher, Edward N.: May make it to Cleveland, Oct. 23, 1922
1 39 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beecher, Edward N.: Discussion of the Stewart case and fraud, Dec. 8, 1922.
1 40 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beecher, Edward N.: Urging Beecher to help the Spiritualist cause, Jan. 1, 1923
1 41 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beecher, Edward N.: Thank you note, April 22, 1923
1 42 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beecher, Edward N.: Denies using Beecher spirit photo, Jan 24, 1928
1 43 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Beresford, Mrs.: Explains not receiving Boer War medal, July 31, 1897
1 44 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Bettany, Mrs. George: Condolences on the death of her husband, Dec. 5, 1891
1 45 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Bettany, Mrs. George: Congratulations on her book and could he cycle over to visit her, April 2, 1892
1 46 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Blumenfeld, Ralph: Ideas regarding the Oscar Slater case, ca. 1926
1 47 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Boyd-Moss, Gen.: Thanks for notes on the Somme Battle, Feb. 19, 1917
1 48 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Bullen, Frank T.: Announcing birth of his son, and a bad financial year,1909 or 1910
1 49 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Cadwallader, Mrs. (Addressed her as "Mr."): American tour and Spiritualist lectures, March 17, 1922
1 50 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Cadwallader, Mrs.: American tour schedule, April 12, 1922
1 51 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Cadwallader, Mrs.: Regrets won't see radio medium as too tired, May 20, 1922
1 52 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Chere Amie (in French): Discussion of the war, the strength of the British forces, and family and friends who are serving in the military, Sept. 4, 1915
1 53 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Clarissa: Valentine card, undated
1 54 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Committee of the Electors of Central Edinburgh: Offers to be a candidate for the Liberal Unionist Party, Sept. 21, 1900
1 55 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Conway, Sir Martin: Declines dinner for Sir Walter Besant, June 21, 1895
1 56 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R. (written by secretary): Thanks for his visit with Arthur Ford and opinion regarding Herbert Thurston, Oct. 21, 1927
1 57 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Congratulations to Arthur Ford for getting Harry Houdini's "forgive" message, Feb. 9, 1928
1 58 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Houdini's test word had been obtained, Feb. 16, 1928
1 59 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Has written an article on Houdini séance published in Strand Magazine, June 10, 1928
1 60 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Please give assurance on accuracy of Houdini's code word, June 28, 1928
1 61 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Wants discussion about [censored] medium, Aug. 17, 1928
1 62 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: About sale of Florizel von Reuter's book Psychic Experiences, Oct. 17, 1928
1 63 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Sale of pamphlets, Jan. 16, 1928 or 1929
1 64 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Possible libel suit against Evening Graphic for attack on Mrs. Houdini, Feb. 12, 1929
1 65 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Pamphlets on Arthur Ford, June 17, 1929
1 66 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Contribution to a fund for Arthur Ford, 1929
1 67 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: re: pamphlets, 1929
1 68 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Fast, Francis R.: Reference to his book On the Edge of the Unknown, April 14, 1930
1 69 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Ford, Arthur: Congratulations and invitation to visit; his health; Scandinavian trip, June 17, 1928
1 70 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Ford, Arthur: Thanks for Spiritualist evening, ca. 1928
1 71 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Gorell, Lord: Reference to Maricot [sic] Deep and Other Stories and his health, Nov. 15, 1929
1 72 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Grein, J.T.: John Irving about to stage a one-act play so can't give permission to Independent Theatre Society, ca. 1893
1 73 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Kernahan, Mrs. Coulson: Thanks for her book Trewinnot of Guy's, ca. 1898
1 74 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Lacey, Sir Francis Eden: Regarding membership in cricket club for Alfred Wood ("Woodie"), ACD's secretary, undated
1 75 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Mariette: Invitation to visit, June 28, 1896
1 76 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Maurice, Arthur B.: Request for address, undated
1 77 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Myers, Mr.: Regarding convalescent patient, with bill, March 26, 1890
1 78 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Myers, L.: For professional services, ca. 1890
1 79 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Newnes, Sir George: Due to charity reading, cannot meet, May 11, 1897
1 80 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Newnes, Sir George: Has nothing to submit to the Strand as working on a novel, ca. 1900-1905
1 81 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Newnes, Sir George: Short note of assurance, undated
1 82 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Park, William: Urges Park to write "The real Facts about Oscar Slater", Nov. 19, 1926
1 83 Doyle, Arthur Conan to [Park, William]: Wants clarity on facts of the Slater case (fragment), ca. 1926
1 84 Doyle, Arthur Conan to [Park, William]: Sending 3 documents relating to the Slater case, 1926-1927
1 85 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Park, William: Is sending a private letter he received after a man-to-man appeal regarding Slater, ca. 1926-1927
1 86 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Park, William: Putting pressure on Sir John Gilmour (Scottish Secretary) and others, for Slater's defense (fragment), ca. 1926-1927
1 87 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Park, William: Praise for Park's reporting on Slater case; sends spiritual notes as need to prove survival, April 17, 1926 or 1927
1 88 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Park, William: Verdict in the Slater case, July 21, 1927
1 89 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Park, William: Leaving for Africa, 1927
1 90 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Payn, James: Considering title for The Tragedy of the Koroskos, ca. 1896
1 91 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Pulaski, Mr.: Permission to use Pulaski's ectoplasmic photos, 1922
1 92 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Quiggin, A.H.: Answer to Quiggin's schoolboy query, Sept. 30, 1892. With Quiggin note to Sir Sydney Roberts about ACD's reply, March 21, 1962
1 93 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Reid, Sir Wemyss: Submission of a "soldier song" to the editor of The Speaker, ca. 1896-1897
1 94 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Richards, Grant: re: Regarding experimental aspect and public acceptance of A Duet, 1899
1 95 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Richards, Grant: Sister Dodo's book about to be published under her pen name, H. Ripley Cromarsh, March 18, 1903
1 96 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Richards, Grant: Sorry about overstock of A Duet and other publishing matters, Oct. 1, 1899
1 97 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Robson, A.D.: Concerning another run for Parliamentary seat, Nov. 14, 1903
1 98 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Rose, H.P.: Suggests Sir George Newnes as a possible investor in the A.W. Wall Co. and the Cam Rim brake, May 8, 1903
1 99 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Rose, H.P.: Send A.W. Wall information to Reginald Smith, Jan. 1, 1904
1 100 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Rose, H.P.: Business matters concerning Cam Rim brake, Jan. 5, 1904
1 101 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Rose, H.P.: Complains about efficiency at the A.W.Wall's company, July 2, 1904
2 102 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Seabrooke, Mrs.: Regarding trees on his property, Sept. 17, undated
2 103 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Society for Psychical Research: Resignation from the society (retained copy), Jan. 21, 1930
2 104 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Stawell, Sir Richard: Sends a statement to the Edith Cavell Memorial concerning his outrage at her execution, Sept. 28, 1919
2 105 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: "Shall be at home…" (telegram), April 18, 1914
2 106 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: Sending something to read about religion, April 22, 1914
2 107 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: Social note mentioning his tour schedule, May 14, 1914
2 108 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: Remarks on British involvement in WW I, and his patriotic writings and speeches, Sept. 23, 1914
2 109 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: Describes patriotic spirit of the new Allied recruits in 1915, undated
2 110 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: Social letter with hopes they can meet, April 12, 1922
2 111 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: Social letter regarding American engagements and travels, April 15, 1922
2 112 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: Remarks on "picture lecture" in New York and lecture in Washington; offers to show Sullivan's children his fairy photos, April 23, 1922
2 113 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Sullivan, Mark: Thanks for club cards but much to busy to use, May 16, 1922
2 114 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Wilson, Mr.: Refusal to run for political office for a third time, Nov. 5, 1906
2 115 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Request for brother Innes to be allowed to draw while in hospital (response on verso), June 26, 1892
2 116 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Results of a contest he judged, ca. 1893-1894
2 117 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: To reporter, denying story of a right-of-way through his house at Haslemere (article on verso), Aug. 8, 1892
2 118 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Reply to rifle range query, Feb. 10, 1902
2 119 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Concerns misunderstanding about order for a motorbike, Jan. 1, 1903
2 120 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Thanks for songs, March. 25, 1903
2 121 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Investing in the A.W. Wall Co. and the Cam Rim brake, Feb. 2, 1904
2 122 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Will visit the cycle works, Aug. 26, 1904
2 123 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Has had no luck excavating at High Rocks, Feb. 20, 1909
2 124 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Explains to critic his dramatic intent in face of negative review of Fires of Fate, June 16, 1909
2 125 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Social note to arrange a meeting, probably in New York, undated
2 126 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Asks for information on the Somme Battle, Dec. 6, 1916
2 127 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Asks for information on the Somme Battle, May 22, 1917
2 128 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Refers to his history of WWI and the 50th Division, June 2, ca. 1918-1920
2 129 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent (probably William Park): Theory and activity regarding the Slater case, 1926
2 130 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: re: his cycle order and problems with the company board, undated
2 131 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Regrets for invitation due to readings, undated
2 132 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Thank you for work very well done, undated
2 133 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Please thank the Marquis of Abergavenny, stamped Feb. 17, 1909
2 134 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Accepts dinner invitation; hires for séance, undated
2 135 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Testimonial for medium Arthur Ford, undated
2 136 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Possibility of an article on Houdini, ca. 1926
2 137 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Congratulations for Express article, undated
2 138 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Agreeing to an interview, undated
2 139 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Urges inquiry about a package, undated
2 140 Doyle, Arthur Conan to Unknown correspondent: Thanks for praise; discussion of literary matters (transcription), undated
2 141 Baird & Tatlock, Ltd. to Arthur Conan Doyle.: Cannot supply Kilner's screens of dicyanin, July 20, 1921
2 142 Curnow, Leslie to Arthur Conan Doyle: Writer for Light publication gives latest information on dicyanin dye and Kilner screens, Sept. 5, 1921
2 143 Curnow, Leslie to Arthur Conan Doyle: Miss Stead and the taking of fairy photos, Sept. 5, 1921
2 144 Curnow, Leslie to Arthur Conan Doyle: Writer for Light comments on optical glass (Kilner cells), his health, book by Spiritualist May Wright Sewall, his book buying activities, Sept. 10, 1921
2 145 Guthrie, A.M. to Arthur Conan Doyle: Willing to see William Park about the Slater case, Oct. 26, 1926
2 146 Unknown correspondent to Arthur Conan Doyle: Report on experiments in making glass cells to hold solutions for capturing "flashes" of auras, Sept. 13, 1921
2 146 Unknown correspondent to Arthur Conan Doyle: Report on experiments in making glass cells to hold solutions for capturing "flashes" of auras, Sept. 13, 1921

Series 2: General Correspondence, 1836-2000

56 miscellaneous letters, some written by Doyle family members: grandfather John Doyle, Uncle Richard (“Dickie”) Doyle, father-in-law James Leckie, daughters Mary and Jean, and wife Jean (Leckie). Other letters are associated with Doyle, such as seven letters of the Sherlock Holmes actor, William Gillette, a 1836 note from painter Horace Vernet, (claimed to be an ancestor by Sherlock Holmes), and a 1836 letter written by Eugene Vidocq, once head of the Paris Surete. Other correspondence includes: a note signed by George Bernard Shaw and a note signed by George Cruikshank, two Oscar Slater letters, and three dunning letters from Raphael Tuck & Sons, a company where Doyle was on the board of directors. The rest of the material is more recent correspondence addressed to Dr. Kittle, mostly relating to his collecting of Doyle materials.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
3 147 "Alice" to Frank Baker: Postcard showing view of High Rocks, July 12, 1907
3 148 Berland, Abel to Mr. And Mrs. C.F. Kittle: Thank you note, May 28, 1999
3 149 Blair, Peter to C.F. Kittle: Thank you and congratulations, undated
3 150 Caplan, Dick to C.F. Kittle: Thanks for material, April 8, 1997
3 151 Cruikshank, George to Dr. B.W. Richardson: Thanks for medicine, 1875
3 152 Doyle, Dennis (written for him by Arthur Conan Doyle) to unknown person: Regrets, undated
3 153 Doyle, Jean Conan (nee Leckie) to Mrs. Sullivan: Refuses invitation and reports on success of husband's lectures, April 15, 1922
3 154 Doyle, Jean Conan (nee Leckie) to Mrs. Sullivan: Thanks for having Doyle children to stay, 1922
3 155 Doyle, Jean Conan (nee Leckie) to Ronald Gorell Barnes: Reply to condolences, July 21, 1930
3 156 Doyle, Jean Conan (nee Leckie) to Rev. Charles Haldon: Reply to condolences, July 21, 1930
3 157 Doyle, Jean Conan (nee Leckie) (by secretary) to Rev. Edward N. Beecher: Thanks for letter and photo, Sept. 8, 1930
3 158 Doyle, Jean Conan (nee Leckie) to Frances R. Fast: Thanks for cuttings, Sept. 17, 1930
3 159 Doyle, Jean Conan (nee Leckie) to Mrs. Cadwallader: Stop sending "Progressive Thinker", Dec. 30, 1932
3 160 Doyle, Jean Conan (nee Leckie) to Mrs. Seabrooke: Re: Trees obstructing neighbor's view, Nov. 13, 1935
3 161 Doyle, Jean to Julian Symons: Four typewritten letters discussing biographies of Jean's father, Arthur Conan Doyle, 1979
3 162 Doyle, Jean to C.F. Kittle: Opinions on copyright, Jan. 18, 1982
3 163 Doyle, Jean to Mr. And Mrs. C.F. Kittle: Happy Kittles have bought The White Company, Dec. 12, 1996
3 164 Doyle, Jean to Mr. And Mrs. C.F. Kittle: Card, 1996
3 165 Doyle, Jean to Mr. And Mrs. C.F. Kittle: Card with flowers, 1997
3 166 Doyle, John to Miss Murray: Refusing invitation, May 10, 1851
3 167 Doyle, John to Mr. Mitchell: Refusing invitation, Dec. 23, 1865
3 168 Doyle, John to unknown correspondent: Fragment of a confidential note, undated
3 169 Doyle, Lottie and Clair to Arthur Conan Doyle: Telegram with party game topics on verso, Dec. 24, 1921
3 170 Doyle, Mary to unnamed friend: Family news (in French), Feb. 11, 1908
3 171 Doyle, Richard to Mr. Brookfield: Declines Whitefriars banquet, undated
3 172 Doyle, Richard to Mr. Leech: Mr. Jones will likely do good drawing on wood, Aug. 8, undated
3 173 Doyle, Richard to Mr. Mills: Accepts invitation, undated
3 174 Doyle, Richard to Mr. R.: Sending proof impression of wood-engraving of "Manners and Customs of the English", undated
3 175 Doyle, Richard to Lady Stanley: Accepts invitation, undated
3 176 Doyle, Richard to unnamed correspondent: Brother will call on him, undated
3 177 Gillette, William to Mr. Burton: Interested in Burton's work, Jan. 31, 1918
3 178 Gillette, William to Mr. Burton: Don't use pictures, already has an agent, Feb. 28, 1918
3 179 Gillette, William to Miss Jones: Thanks to this fan, with autographed program, May 19, 1923
3 180 Gillette, William to Roland Young: Thanks for gift, Dec. 4, 1925
3 181 Gillette, William to Roland Young: Will miss Young's opening night, 1925
3 182 Gillette, William to Roland Young: Asks to speak to actress Ina Claire, 1925
3 183 Gillette, William to Roland Young: Thanks for his hospitality, Feb. 4, 1932
3 184 Harrison, Michael to C.F. Kittle: Question: was Doyle a Mason?, Oct. 13, 1984
3 185 Harrison, Michael to Mr.and Mrs.C.F. Kittle: Harrison's itinerary on a Christmas card, Dec. 6, 1984
3 186 Jerome, Jerome to George R. Sims: Asks for corrected proofs, Aug. 18, 1892
3 187 Leckie, James to Guy Ash: Supports Ash's exemption from the military as needed as a dentist, April 14, 1917
3 188 Mills, Ann to C.F. Kittle: Information on High Rocks and Marquis of Abergavenny, Sept. 22, 1998
3 189 Nordon, Pierre W. to C.F. Kittle: Please send photocopies of letters, June 23, 1959
3 190 Nordon, Pierre to C.F. Kittle: Please send the promised copies Doyle letters, Nov. 21, 1959
3 191 Platzman, George to C.F. Kittle: Sends letter that he thinks may have been written by Oscar Slater, Sept. 6, 2000
3 192 Poden, Christopher & Barbara to Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Kittle: Card and photo, undated
3 193 Preston, E. (Doyle's secretary) to Mark Sullivan: Doyle family leaving New York for Washington, April 25, 1922
3 194 Shaw, George Bernard to Mrs. Lyth, Postmistress: Order for stamps, March 7, 1937
3 195 Slater, Oscar to Harry Hyman: Regarding a patent, June 2, 1928
3 196 Slater, Oscar to Harry Hyman: Accepts invitation, June 6, 1928
3 197 Starrett, Vincent to C.F. Kittle: Sends address of Adrian Conan Doyle, May 13, 1957
3 198 Starrett, Vincent to C.F. Kittle: Thanks for off-print of Kittle talk, Aug. 4, 1960
3 199 Tuck & Sons Ltd. To J.H. Maggs & Co.: Three letters demanding payment for goods, June 13, 20; July 4, 1904
3 200 Vernet, Horace to unknown correspondent: Sending a drawing, May 12, 1836
3 201 Wolff, Julian to C.F. Kittle: Thanks for the book, Jan. 29, 1985

Series 3: Photographs, ca. 1908-1930

The 25 photographs include portraits of Arthur Conan Doyle; Doyle at work; Doyle on skis; Doyle with his sons; Doyle in military uniform; shots of the Crowborough Civilian Volunteer Battalion; the Doyles with the Harry Houdinis; and Doyle with religious figures at a meeting of Fellowship of Faiths. Also, the Psychic Bookshop; Doyle’s flower-covered casket; snapshots of some “Fairy” Photos (actually garden gnomes); and a well-known portrait of William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes, with separate autograph.
Arranged by type of material.

Box Folder Contents
3 202 Arthur Conan Doyle: In the billiards room at Windlesham, undated
3 203 Arthur Conan Doyle: Portrait on a post card, undated
3 204 Arthur Conan Doyle: At his writing desk. 2 copies, one autographed, undated
3 205 Arthur Conan Doyle: Portrait, undated
3 206 Arthur Conan Doyle: Rotogravure portrait, undated
3 207 Arthur Conan Doyle: Portrait "writing his 440th letter to William Park Re Slater, 1927"
3 208 Arthur Conan Doyle:Trying his skis at Windlesham, Dec. 1908
3 29 Arthur Conan Doyle and his sons Adrian and Denis, ca. 1920
3 210 Arthur Conan Doyle and Jean Leckie Doyle with the Mr. and Mrs. Harry Houdini and another person, 1920
3 211 Arthur Conan Doyle and Jean Leckie Doyle with Mr. and Mrs. Houdini, 1923
3 212 Arthur Conan Doyle and Arthur Bird. Sent with note to Bird, March 16, 1924,
3 213 Arthur Conan Doyle with international religious figures at the London Meeting of Fellowship of Faiths, Oct. 20, 1927
3 214 Arthur Conan Doyle and the civil defense group, "Sydney Parris, Doyle, Major St. Quentin our C.O. and Forbes", ca. 1914
3 215 Arthur Conan Doyle in mufti with Sidney Parris, ca. 1914
3 216 Arthur Conan Doyle in mufti and next to him, his secretary Forbes, ca. 1914
3 217 Arthur Conan Doyle with Privates Forbes, MacKintosh, Davis and Cpl. Spurway, ca. 1914
3 218-223 Crowborough civilian volunteers: Snapshots of men at work, 1914-1917
3 224 The Psychic Bookshop, undated
3 225 "Fairy" photos (snaps of garden gnomes) sent to Sherlockian scholar Michael Hardwick in 1947 and re-sent with letter to C.F. Kittle in 1967
3 226 Windlesham cottage with floral tributes to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, July 11, 1930
3 227 William Gillette: Portrait with separate autograph, April 1902

Series 4: Artwork, 1840-1953

The artwork includes: 5 watercolor and ink drawings by Charles Doyle; a watercolor by John Doyle; 4 watercolor and ink drawings, by Richard (“Dickie”) Doyle, as well as his illustrations for Scenes from English History with texts in facsimile of the hand of Thackeray. Also, an original illustration by Sidney Paget for The Tragedy of Korosko, and 2 illustrations that appeared in Collier’s magazine, one with a story by Adrian Doyle and John Dickson Carr published in 1953. Also, a pencil drawing by Horace Vernet.
Arranged alphabetically by artist name. Some artwork located in oversize.

Box Folder Contents
4 228 Doyle, Charles: "Flight of Fancy". Pen/ink, undated See Oversize
4 229 Doyle, Charles: "Game of Bowls". Watercolor, pen, undated. See Oversize
4 230 Doyle, Charles: 3 small ink drawings. Unsigned and undated
4 231 Doyle, Charles: "The Old Lady with the Child of the Elves". Pen/ink, undated
4 232 Doyle, Charles: "The Pianist". Pen/ink, undated
4 233 Doyle, John: Middle East Harem Scene. Watercolor, undated
4 234 Doyle, Richard: "The Belle of the Ball". Pen/ink, undated
4 235 Doyle, Richard: "The Devil and the Hod". Watercolor, pen/ink, undated
4 236 Doyle, Richard: Nighttime Encampment. Watercolor, undated
4 237 Doyle, Richard: "Will O' the Wisp". Watercolor, undated. See Oversize
4 238 Doyle, Richard: Illustrations for Scenes from English History - "Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Essex in Council", with text a facsimile of the hand of Thackeray. Pen/ink and watercolor, 1840
4 239 Doyle, Richard: Illustrations for Scenes from English History - "King Henry the Eighth and a Member of Parliament", with text a facsimile of the hand of Thackeray. Pen/ink and watercolor, 1840
4 240 Doyle, Richard: Illustrations for Scenes from English History - "Blondel", with text a facsimile of the hand of Thackeray. Pen/ink and watercolor, 1840
4 241 Doyle, Richard: Illustrations for Scenes from English History - "Richard I at the Gate of Darum", with text a facsimile of the hand of Thackeray. Pen/ink and watercolor, 1840
4 242 Doyle, Richard: Illustrations for Scenes from English History - "King Henry the First, and Serlo, Bishop of Seez", with text a facsimile of the hand of Thackeray. Pen/ink and watercolor, 1840
4 243 Doyle, Richard: Illustrations for Scenes from English History - "Queen Elizabeth and the Scotch Ambassador", with text a facsimile of the hand of Thackeray. Pen/ink and watercolor, 1840
4 244 Doyle, Richard: Illustrations for Scenes from English History - "Narrow Escape of Queen Katherine Parre", with text a facsimile of the hand of Thackeray, 1840
4 245 Doyle, Richard: Illustrations for Scenes from English History - "Henry VIII and Francis I at 'The Field of the Cloth of Gold'", with text a facsimile of the hand of Thackeray, 1840
4 246 Doyle, Richard: Sketches for Knights and Portraits. Pen/ink, undated
4 247 Doyle, Richard: Sketches of Lorena. Pen/ink, undated
4 248 Fawcett, Robert: Illustration for "Adventure of the Sealed Room". Written by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr, published in Collier's, June 13, 1953. See Oversize
4 249 Paget, Sidney: Illustration for The Tragedy of Korosko, undated
4 250 Steele, Frederic Dorr: Collier's cover depicting Sherlock Holmes, Sept. 26, 1903. See Oversize
4 251 Vernet, Horace: "Portrait of an Officer". Terra cotta pencil, undated
4 251 Vernet, Horace: "Portrait of an Officer". Terra cotta pencil, undated

Series 5: Miscellaneous, 1836-1998

The small group of miscellany includes: Doyle’s notes for a lecture on religious or spiritual ideas; an article reporting on a memorial service for Doyle; photocopies of correspondence regarding the publication of Doyle stories, originals at the British Museum; and obituaries and memorial for Doyle’s daughter, Jean, who died in 1997. Also, some clippings and photos sent to Doyle by Edward N. Beecher; a piece of ephemera from the Divorce Law Reform Union; and a document signed by E.F. Vidocq, founder of the French Surete.
Arranged by type of material.

Box Folder Contents
4 252 Doyle, Arthur Conan: Notes for a lecture (possibly on the wisdom of the Bible and ancient philosophers), undated
4 253 Article reporting on a memorial service for Arthur Conan Doyle at Charminster Road Spiritualist Mission, Bournemouth, July 13, 1930
4 254 Doyle, Arthur Conan: Copyright correspondence concerning publication of stories, originals at the British Museum. Photocopies, 1909-1912 See Oversize
4 255 Doyle, Jean Conan: Obituaries, 1997
4 256 Doyle, Jean Conan: Memorial Service, Jan. 29, 1998
4 257 Beecher, Edward N.: Newspaper clippings about Beecher's poem "The Lost Atlantis", 1898, 1899
4 258 Beecher, Edward N.: Copy of spirit photograph, 1915
4 259 Handbill from a pamphlet published by the Divorce Law Reform Union, ca. 1906-1916
4 260 Vidocq, E.F.: Letter/document to unknown person, April 11, 1836

Related Material

Some artwork and manuscripts of Doyle’s works, as well as all published versions, have been separately cataloged in the Newberry Library Online Catalog.

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