The game is afoot!

The new exhibition Hot on the Trail of Iconic Detectives explores popular depictions of fictional detectives over the last 150 years. The exhibition is curated by English Librarian Jennifer Schnabel. It opens May 24 in Thompson Library Gallery.  The gallery is open daily during the summer from noon until 6 p.m.

We often associate the traditional detective character with Sherlock Holmes and his concealing overcoat, deerstalker hat, pipe, and magnifying glass. Hot on the Trail of Iconic Detectives reveals the creation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s character and his iconic look as well as highlights diverse representations of detectives on the page, stage, and screen, including:

  • Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Victorian detective
  • Nancy Drew, the teen sleuth created by Carolyn Keene
  • Dick Tracy, the comic book hero first drawn by Chester Gould
  • Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, Chester Himes’s Harlem detectives
  • Shinichi Kudo, manga author Gosho Aoyama’s boy detective

This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the curators, staff, and student workers in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, the Medical Heritage Center, the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, and the Libraries’ Area Studies, Preservation & Reformatting, and Communications departments.