Lyons' Papers Head to MSU Library

Lyons' Papers Head to MSU Library

In the world of fly-fishing literature and publishing, Nick Lyons is a legend. His company, The Lyons Press, was responsible for publishing some of the

In the world of fly-fishing literature and publishing, Nick Lyons is a legend. His company, The Lyons Press, was responsible for publishing some of the most important books on the sport, including The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide and Jerusalem Creek by Ted Leeson, among many others.

To honor and preserve this legacy, Montana State University has acquired 5,000 of Nick's letters, records and other items related to his publishing career. The papers will be added to MSU's Trout and Salmonid Collection in the university's Renne Library.

According to Bruce Morton, dean of MSU's libraries, MSU is trying to build the Trout and Salmonid Collection into the preeminent trout-focused library in the country. So far they have over 7,000 titles on topics related to trout--fishing, science, literature and politics--everything. The Lyons collection fits right in. "As a publisher," Morton says, "Nick has brought forth many important works in the past 40 years. Acquiring the collection seemed like a no-brainer."

Nick Lyons is retired from the book business now, and splits his time between New York City and a home in Upstate New York with good trout fishing nearby.

An index of the material in The Nick Lyons Ephemera Collection can be viewed by visiting www.lib.montana.edu/collect/spcoll/findaid/2475.html.