Sep 30, 2017
Peggy Perdue, BSI ("Violet Westbury") has held the enviable position of librarian in charge of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library for over a decade. In that role, she's seen remarkable developments and has made some intriguing acquisitions.
She has ascended to a new role, but before doing so, she oversaw the development and launch of the new Pop Sherlock exhibit. As IHOSE is dedicated to the intersection of Sherlock Holmes and popular culture, we're very interested in this topic.
We discuss exactly what got Peggy to her role, what her favorite item is, and what she has learned about Arthur Conan Doyle over the last 12 years.
Our Editor's Gas-Lamp in this episode are a few paragraphs taken from Arthur Conan Doyle's own Through the Magic Door.
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3:16 While we have your attention
5:30 Thank yous
7:54 Wessex Press
9:50 Welcome Peggy Perdue
12:27 Setting her sights on the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
16:28 First meeting with Sherlock Holmes
19:53 Enter the Toronto Bootmakers
23:33 A question about 12 years in the same job
27:41 The Pop Sherlock exhibit at the Toronto Public Library
31:07 Sherlock Holmes and Advertising
34:16 Potty humor
39:19 Sherlock Holmes in comic books
41:57 Film artifacts—including a script for "Sherlock Holmes in Canada"
43:21 Interactive components of the exhibit
48:00 Reflecting on the Reichenbach Irregulars' trip to Meirengen and Florence
53:24 Who will Peggy hire for the ACD Collection job?
58:33 The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
59:53 The Baker Street Journal
1:01:24 Canada and Sherlock Holmes
1:02:28 Editor's Gas-Lamp
1:06:46 Final thoughts
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