Wednesday, August 4, 2010


For those interested in the Baker Street Irregulars and our colorful history, welcome for the first time to my BSI Archival History blog and its website, accessible at I have posted there information about my BSI Archival History series (click on “History Detective” at the Welcome page), the tables of contents and introductions to the seven volumes since 1989, other Archival History papers, a page about my forthcoming historical novel Baker Street Irregular, and more— with much more to come.

This blog's sub-title of "Disputation, Confrontation, and Dialectical Hullabaloo" borrows from the late Robert G. Harris of Detroit ("The Creeping Man," BSI):  his striking description of the spirit of the BSI and their annual dinners at the Murray Hill Hotel and Cavanagh's during the 1940s and '50s.  I hope this blog will capture that spirit of exchange.  The medium here might have been eyed quite skeptically by Bob Harris, one of the BSI's great curmudgeons — yet the father of cybernetics himself, Norbert Wiener of MIT, was a member of the BSI's Boston scion society, The Speckled Band.  "These are deep waters. . . ."

Comments and suggestions are welcome!  Over the coming weekend I will be in Minneapolis attending "The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes"  —the always splendid triennial conference sponsored by The Norwegian Explorers and the University of Minnesota Libraries' Sherlock Holmes Collections, and will report on it next week.  For information about it, go to


  1. Great going Jon! Good clean design. Easy to browse. Lehman.

  2. Third Pillar from the LeftAugust 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Great job, Jon! It is very welcome to have an Internet home for BSI history, and I look forward to following and commenting upon your blog. I am also looking forward to reading your novel, and to a future discussion about the work on the "I Hear of Sherlock" podcast! Happily, education indeed never ends....

    --Burt Wolder

  3. The Blanched SoldierAugust 6, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    Thank you for inviting me to this weblog, Jon. It is very interesting reading, indeed, and a great supplement to your history volumes. - Best regards, Jens Byskov Jensen

  4. Thank you, Jon! This takes the scholarship about the Writers about the Writings to a level hitherto undreamt! The humble reader can only reach for his eggspoon and cry that this is the most effable non-twaddle ever!
    --Robert Pohle

  5. It’s funny. Now that I’ve graduated, I feel like I’m learning even more. Something about the stuffy classrooms, droll lectures, and boring homework assignments that made learning feel like a chore. Now it’s like I push myself to learn something new every day.