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University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Arthur Conan Doyle:

Photography Collection Literary File at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930
Title: Arthur Conan Doyle Literary File
Dates: 1900-1927, undated
Abstract: The Arthur Conan Doyle Literary File consists of 804 photographs (438 loose prints, 356 prints in 8 albums, and 10 glass negatives), many of which are portraits of Doyle and/or his second wife, Jean Leckie. There are also numerous spirit photographs.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-00281
Extent: 804 photographs
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Arthur Conan Doyle Literary File consists of 804 photographs (438 loose prints, 356 prints in 8 albums, and 10 glass negatives), many of which are portraits of Doyle and/or his second wife, Jean Leckie. There are also numerous spirit photographs. Formats include cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, and stereographs. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

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Item List

 

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LA:Box 1 Accession / P Number: P1-P2, P3A-P3C, P4-P7, P8A-P8B, P9-P21, P22A-P22B
Description: Images of Doyle alone and with others, including his children (P10), Harry Houdini (P14), and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Mary Pickford (P17).
 
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LA:Box 1 Accession / P Number: P23A-B, P3-P46
Description: Images of Doyle with his second wife and/or various other people, including Harry Houdini (P23), on trips to the United States, Canada, and Australia.
 
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LA:Box 1 Accession / P Number: P47-P49, P50A-P50M, P51, P52A-P52B
Description: Portraits of Lady Doyle (Jean Leckie, Doyle's second wife).
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P53A-P53C, P54A-P54C, P55A-P55B, P56A-P56C
Description: Portraits of Lady Doyle.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P57
Description: Informal portrait of "Darling Lily, Malcolm, & Jean" (a woman and 2 children) at Windlesham (the Doyle residence), 1915.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P58
Description: Signed portrait of Oliver Lodge, 1921.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P59
Description: Photomechanical postcard of a drawing of Ernest W. Oaten.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P60
Description: Portrait of "Dimples" (a boy).
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P61-P62
Description: Cabinet card portraits of 2 unidentified men.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P63
Description: View of a ski jumper in mid-jump.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P64
Description: Portrait of 4 unidentified polo players.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P65
Description: Photographic reproduction of a drawing of "Lady Ca[illegible]."
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P66
Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of an unidentified man.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P67
Description: Portrait of Napoleon III.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P68-P70
Description: Carte-de-visite portraits of 3 unidentified women.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P73
Description: Composite portrait of 8 unidentified men.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P75, P76A-P76B
Description: Views of "haunted" houses.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P77
Description: Snapshot of woods in an unidentified location.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P78
Description: Photograph of a trophy awarded to Dr. and Mrs. Crandon ("Margery" the medium) by the British Psychic College.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P79-P96, P97A-P97B, P98A-P98C, P99-P100, P101A-P101C, P102-P109, P110A-P110C
Description: Spirit photographs, including images of mediums Mina Crandon, also known as "Margery," (P79-P89, P93-P96, P101A-P101C) and Mary Marshall, also known as "Dawn," (P99); P79-P89 are stereographs.
 
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LA:Box 2 Accession / P Number: P111-P120
Description: Spirit photographs of manifestations of Doyle and various other people.
 
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LA:Box 3 Accession / P Number: P121, P122A-P122B, P123A-P123B, P124-P165, P167-P168, P169A-P169B, P170-P194, P195A-P195B, P196-P201
Description: Spirit photographs of various sitters with manifestations appearing to float over their heads. Some have handwritten inscriptions and identifications on the versos.
 
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LA:Box 3 Accession / P Number: P206-P215
Description: Spirit photographs of fairies.
 
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LA:Box 4 Accession / P Number: P216A-P216B, P217-P219
Description: Spirit photographs of fairies.
 
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LA:Box 4 Accession / P Number: P220-P235, P236A-P236C, P237A-P237C, P238, P239A-P239C, P240A-P240C, P241A-P241I, P242-P245, P246A-P246C, P247-P253, P254A-P254C, P255A-P255B, P256-P257, P258A-P258B, P259A-P259I, P262, P277
Description: Spirit photographs, including séances with various sitters and appearances of ectoplasm, manifestations of Doyle in the presence of his second wife, his sons, and/or various other people, and photographic reproductions of handwritten notes by Doyle (P254A-C, P255A-B, P256, P257, P258A-B, P259A-I).
 
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LA:Box 4 Accession / P Number: P278-P280, P281A-P281D, P282A-P282B, P283-P285, P286A-P286B
Description: Portraits of Doyle.
 
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LA:Box 4 Accession / P Number: P287
Description: Portrait of Doyle with 2 unidentified men.
 
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LA:Box 4 Accession / P Number: P288A-P288D, P289
Description: Portraits of Doyle with his second wife (Jean Leckie) and Doyle and his wife with their son Denis (P289).
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P290A-P290B
Description: Portraits of Doyle with his second wife and 2 small children (their sons, Denis and Adrian?), 1911.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P291
Description: Portrait of Doyle with a child (his son Denis?) and a dog.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P292
Description: Group portrait of the Doyles and other members of the Spiritualist Society, 1922.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P295A-P295B, P296A-P296B, P297A-P297B
Description: Portraits of Lady Doyle (Jean Leckie, Doyle's second wife).
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P298
Description: Portrait of Lady Doyle with a baby (her son Adrian?).
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P299
Description: Portrait of Lady Doyle with her son Denis as a baby.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P300A
Description: Portraits of Lady Doyle with her children, Denis, Adrian, and Lena Jean.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P301-P310
Description: Scenes of Doyle's funeral.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P318
Description: Carte-de-visite "said to be the portrait of a cardinal."
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P319
Description: Group portrait of 9 unidentified (Scottish?) people, including 3 men wearing kilts.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P320
Description: Photographic print of an unidentified subject (spirit photograph?) "taken at B. C. P. S. with Frau Silbert, Jan. 12th [19]23."
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P324
Description: Stereograph portrait of Doyle in his tent at Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1900.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P325-P326
Description: Portrait of the Doyles, circa 1920 (duplicate prints).
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P327
Description: Photographic reproduction of a poster advertising lectures by Doyle at Carnegie Hall.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P328-P329
Description: Spirit photographs of unidentified sitters with manifestations floating over their heads.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P330
Description: Snapshot of an unidentified man seated on a patio with a small dog.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P331
Description: Snapshot of unidentified people under a canopy at an outdoor event.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: P332-P333
Description: Snapshot of "Saki" (a woman) on a snow-covered road (P332) and the same woman with 3 unidentified men in a town square (P333).
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: 980:0050:0001
Description: Portrait of S. K. Chettur; signed presentation to Doyle, 28 April 1927.
 
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LA:Box 5 Accession / P Number: 980:0050:0002-0007
Description: Spirit photographs taken in Crewe, England of various sitters with manifestations over their heads, including a manifestation of Cherokee chief White Eagle (980:0050:0003).
 
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PH:LF:OV Box, Small Accession / P Number: P50N-P50O
Description: Portrait of Lady Doyle (Jean Leckie, Doyle's second wife) in her court presentation dress (2 vintage prints).
 
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PH:LF:OV Box, Small Accession / P Number: P294A-P294C
Description: Portrait of Lady Doyle, standing, in a dark dress (3 vintage prints).
 
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PH:LF:OV Box, Small Accession / P Number: P300B-P300D
Description: Portrait of Lady Doyle and her children, Denis, Adrian, and Lena Jean (P300B: mounted, with handwritten note on lower right corner of image and mount recto; P300C: variant pose; P300D: duplicate of P300B, without mount or inscription).
 
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PH:LF:OV Box, Small Accession / P Number: P311
Description: Exterior view of Windlesham, the Doyle residence; mounted on board.
 
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PH:LF:OV Box, Small Accession / P Number: P312-P314
Description: Interior views of 2 rooms in Windlesham; mounted on board.
 
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PH:LF:OV Box, Medium Accession / P Number: P315-P316
Description: Interior views of 2 rooms in Windlesham; mounted on brown paper.
 
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PH:LF:OV Box, Medium Accession / P Number: P323
Description: Formal group portrait of Doyle's wedding party (for his second marriage).
 
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PH:FF:047-049 Accession / P Number: P322A-P322Z, P322AA-P322AN
Description: 40 very large mounted photographic prints used by Doyle on his spiritualism lecture tour(s).
 
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PH:FF:046 Accession / P Number: P317
Description: Panoramic portrait of a luncheon party, Sussex Spiritualists, 15 March 1922; mounted on board.
 
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PH:LF:Albums: Doyle, A. C., 1 Accession / P Number: [was P271]
Description: Small black album containing 16 photographic prints of the Doyle family and household, a house exterior and scenes of a town.
 
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PH:LF:Albums: Doyle, A. C., 2 Accession / P Number: [was P272]
Description: Blue album of 12 photographic prints; title on cover: "Kodak Souvenirs." Images depict ancient ruins in Greece (?), one including Doyle, one including his wife, and others with unidentified individuals.
 
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PH:LF:Albums: Doyle, A. C., 3 Accession / P Number: [was P273]
Description: Green album of 96 photographic prints; label adhered to inside of front cover: "Family album of Denis P.S. Conan Doyle / Maternal Side." All images are unidentified and depict houses, street scenes, palaces, a castle, ships, scenes on ships and men at leisure, and include some formal portraits.
 
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PH:LF:Albums: Doyle, A. C., 4 Accession / P Number: [was P274]
Description: Red accordion-style postcard album containing 14 postcards; title on cover: "Goslar." Images are commercial photographs of sites and town scenes in Goslar, Germany. One postcard is laid-in.
 
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PH:LF:Albums: Doyle, A. C., 5 Accession / P Number: [was P275]
Description: Large black album containing 72 photographic prints, most with captions, dated July 1912; label adhered to inside of front cover: "Album of opening up of Canada / presented to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / during his trip to Canada." Images show men hunting and camping, railway construction, coal chutes, and scenes of nature including Yellow Head Lake, Pyramid Lake, Mount Robson and other lakes, mountains and glaciers.
 
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PH:LF:Albums: Doyle, A. C., 6 Accession / P Number: [was P276]
Description: Large black album containing 36 photographic prints; label adhered to front endpaper: "Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle. / from Psychical Circle "Maria" / San Juan, Puerto Rico / Franco Ponte / March 25th 1923." HANDLE WITH CARE: front endpaper detached. Images include reproductions of handwritten minutes of a séance and photographic evidence of spirits, such as materialization of handprints and flowers, and ectoplasm coming from the medium. All photos have calligraphic captions.
 
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PH:LF:Albums: Doyle, A. C., 7 Accession / P Number: [was P277]
Description: Blue album containing 102 photographic prints (including 6 laid in) of family and spirit photographs; printed on cover: "Kodak."
 
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PH:LF:Albums: Doyle, A. C., 8 Accession / P Number: [was P321]
Description: Small red album with 8 photographic prints of unidentified subjects, including a house, ships and British soldiers (?).
 
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PH:FC-01:DR-03 Accession / P Number: P260A-P260E
Description: 5 coated, unexposed glass plate negatives in a small box (not included in item count).
 
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PH:FC-01:DR-03 Accession / P Number: P263
Description: Glass negative holder with an exposed negative that has been shattered (not included in item count).
 
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PH:FC-01:DR-04 Accession / P Number: P241, P243, P261, P264-P270
Description: Glass negatives (same numbers as corresponding prints, if available).

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 Index of Photographers 

  • Akkersdyk--P284
  • Bain News Service--P283
  • Baudoux, Charles Ernest--P69
  • Bowley, Gilbert--P49, P50A-P50D
  • Caldesi, Leonida and Co., London--P65
  • Callaway, A. N.--P62
  • Charles, Lallie, 1869-1919--P50N-P50O, P53A-P53C
  • Collins (New York, NY)--P15-P16, P21, P22A-P22B
  • Crandon, L. R. G. (Le Roi Goddard), b. 1873--P82, P86
  • Crawford, W. J. (William Jackson), 1880-1920--P97A-P97B
  • Daily News Limited--P309
  • Deane, Mrs.--P124-P129, P241A-P241H
  • Debenham & Gould--P290A-P290B
  • De Nicéville--P318
  • Elliott & Fry--P1
  • Evans, Nelson--P8B, P281A-P281D
  • G. L. Manuel Frères--P295A
  • Hamilton, Thomas G.--P99
  • Hansen, Georg E. (Georg Emil)--P70
  • Hetzel, photographer--P232
  • Hope, William, photographer--P111, P130-P133, P169A, P242-P245, P249, P257, P261, 980:0050:0003
  • Hoppé, E. O. (Emil Otto), 1878-1972--P286A-P286B, P291
  • J. Weston & Son--P2, P60, P289, P294A-P294C, P299, P300A-P300D
  • Johnson, Dr. Lindsay--P141
  • Keystone View Company--P324
  • Kodak Limited--P50C-P50M, P297A-P297B
  • Lavender, E. D.--P47-P48
  • Le Gray, Gustave, 1820-1882--P66
  • Lejeune, fl. 1870s--P68
  • Lett, R. C. W.--P35-P36
  • Lewis, Earl V.--P24-P27
  • M. Doss & Bros.--980:0050:0001
  • Magnús Olafsson, 1862-1937--980:0050:0007
  • Manuel, Henri--P280, P295B
  • Mendelssohn, H. S. (Hayman Selig), 1848-1908--P298
  • Meyers, John, photographer--980:0050:0006
  • Onslow's Studios--P292
  • Planet News Ltd.--P301-P308
  • Pulaski, Henry--P110A-P110C
  • Ransford, William--P52A-P52B
  • Robertson, F., photographer--P139
  • Scatcherd, F. R., photographer--P140
  • Schroeder, E. W., photographer--P98A-P98C
  • Singley, B. L. (Benjamin Lloyd)--P324
  • Sport & General Press Agency--P19
  • Stickells, A. H.--P56A-P56C, P310-P316
  • Stirling, photographer--P54A-P54C, P278, P288A-P288D, P296A-P296B
  • Sutcliffe (Burton, Westmoreland)--P61
  • Swinton, Campbell--P58
  • Thompson, Paul, photographer--P29
  • Underwood & Underwood--P3A-P3C
  • Verlag von Römmler & Jonas--Album 4
  • Wayland, Henry--P323
  • W. W. Rouch & Co.--P64

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