We offer the world’s most comprehensive collection of trout and salmonid materials.

The MSU Trout and Salmonid Collection is part of an overall effort to create the world’s largest and most comprehensive research center for all information related to the study of these valuable and sought after species. Our efforts are three pronged and include our print collection which holds over 12,000 titles; our Archival Collection which includes the papers of fishing luminaries like Bud Lilly, George Grant, and John Gierach; and our Digital Collections which includes our Trout and Salmonid Artwork Digitization Project and our Angling Oral Histories project. Our physical collections are located on the 2nd floor of Renne Library and open from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Tours of the collection are available by contacting our Special Collections Librarian, James Thull, at jjthull@montana.edu.

Printed Material

The Trout and Salmonid print collection is the largest of its kind in the world and the only collection in existence that focuses solely on Trout and Salmonids. We collect information that relates to these species in any way including fishing, habitat, food sources, predators, art, fiction, etc. We hold items on trout and salmonids from nearly every place they exist in the world; collect in a variety of formats including periodicals, government documents, children’s literature, fishing guidebooks, cookbooks, etc. and have items in English, Russian, Japanese, Latin, Chinese, French, Italian, and several other languages. In addition to printed materials we also collect video, art, and sound recordings.

Archival Collections

Our archival collections represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of primary source materials on trout and salmonids held by any archive in the world. Our acquisition efforts are ongoing and we hope in the near future to begin digitizing all of our holdings in order to increase ease of access and promote worldwide research and study of these unique resources. We actively collect the papers of fishermen and women, guides, authors, politicians, scientists, and other individuals who have had a significant impact on the species or their habitats.

Digital Collection

Our Digital Projects currently include our Trout and Salmonid Artwork Digital Collection which seeks to locate and digitize paintings, artwork, photographs and images of all known species of these beautiful, challenging and often rare fish. The Angling Oral Histories Project is the largest and most comprehensive effort ever undertaken to document the history of all things related to trout and salmonids. We are interviewing anglers, guides, authors, politicians, scientists, and other individuals who have been associated with or impacted trout and/or salmonids. The project has already captured many of the leading voices from the world of angling including Joan Wulff, Bob Jacklin, Tom Alkire, Lefty Kreh, and AD Maddox.