Fishing Across the Continent; Short True Stories for Boys, William Newell Hull, c1905, facing 177, Brook TroutFishing Across the Continent; Short True Stories for Boys, William Newell Hull, c1905, facing 177, Brook Trout

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Illustration of a Trout

Angling Oral History Project

Oral histories with anglers, politicians, artists, authors, and others whose work relates to trout and salmon. Interviewees represent angling worldwide.


Illustration of a rainbow trout

Montana State University (MSU) Archives Trout and Salmonid Artwork Digital Collection

The Trout and Salmonid Artwork Digital Collection holds images of sample artwork found in the Montana State University Trout and Salmonid Special Collection.


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Robert J. Behnke Papers

The Robert J. Behnke Papers include a vast array of created and collected material representing his many years as a consultant with experts, students and interested parties on his specialty of studying the trout and salmonid families of fishes.  Included are unpublished books and papers, professional and personal correspondence, reprinted articles of a wide variety of studies, drafts of manuscripts, photocopied or original articles and newspaper clippings, legal papers related to his consulting work with fishery and water issues, reports and studies by universities, fish and wildlife agencies and other related groups.  Also present are materials from his teaching classes in various aspects of fish species and environment.  There are photos, maps, diagrams for use in published works, memorabilia, and papers related to organizations and societies for which he had membership.

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Bud Lilly Papers

Collection 2528: The Bud Lilly Papers consist of biographical and genealogical materials, correspondence, organization papers, literary productions, business records, photographs and motion picture film all created or collected by Lilly in the course of his life and business career. Topics include military service and family life, his visit to Hiroshima, Japan shortly after the detonation of the atomic bomb in World War II, Lilly's store, outfitting activities, and consulting work. People of interest include Roderick Haig-Brown, Tom McGuane, Curt Gowdy, Lee Wulff, and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Collection 2556: The Bud Lilly Papers consist of biographical letters, business records, printed materials, and photographs all created or collected by Lilly in the course of his life and business career.

Items from the Nemes collection

Sylvester Nemes Papers

The Sylvester Nemes Papers consist of research, notes, drafts and manuscripts of Nemes' books, both his published works on fly fishing, as well as two unpublished works of historical fiction. Also included in the collection are correspondence, a brief biography, miscellaneous personal records, his obituary, business and professional records, photographs, negatives, memorabilia, and slides.

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Datus C. Proper Papers

The Datus C. Proper Papers consist of journals, correspondence, family history documents, literary manuscript drafts, galley proofs, research notes, publisher correspondence, photographs and other memorabilia which document Proper's life as a student, United States Foreign Service officer, and outdoor writer. The subjects of Proper's writings encompass the full spectrum of fly fishing for trout, from stream side entomology to the ethics of catch and release angling. Hunting, particularly pheasant hunting and the training of dogs for the sport, is another subject heavily represented.


Collections About Trout, Salmonids, and Angling History

This extensive series of collections strives to illustrate anglers, guides, authors, politicians, scientists, artists, and other related individuals in all aspects of their research and work with trout and salmonid species and their habitats. The collections have material from local, regional, national and international sources and represent a global experience of angling. 


  • 0987 Norman Strung papers, 1966-1982
  • 2438 Alfred T. Pellicane papers, 1962-2000
  • 2441 Harry B. Mitchel papers, 1953-1965
  • 2456 Louis Agassiz letters, 1854-1858
  • 2470 Stuart Edward Knapp salmon poisoning research collection, 1923-1999
  • 2475 Nick Lyons ephemera collection, 1932-2005
  • 2490 Paul Schullery Papers, 1974-2015
  • 2491 Robert J. Behnke papers, 1957-2000
  • 2498 Charles E. Brooks papers, 1921-2002
  • 2502 Datus C. Proper papers, 1864-2003
  • 2507 George F. Grant papers, 1973-1985
  • 2528 Bud Lilly papers, 1926-2008
  • 2556 Bud Lilly papers, 1946-2003
  • 2565 Marsha Karle Papers, 1981-2004
  • 2576 Sylvester Nemes papers, 1973-2010
  • 2579 Nick Lyons ephemera collection addendum, 1824-2013 (bulk 1968-2013)
  • 2591 Joan Wulff papers, 1944-2014
  • 2594 Bob Jacklin papers, 1997-2014
  • 2603 A. K. Best Papers, 1983-2015
  • 2609 Dave Hughes Papers, 1970-2015
  • 2610 Tom Alkire Papers, 1964-2015
  • 2611 Eugene Smith Fishing Diaries, 1997-2003
  • 2612 John Gierach Papers, 1976-2014
  • 2613 Edison Engle Papers, 1948-2006
  • 2614 Gary Herbert Howells Papers, 1933-2012
  • 2615 Adriano Manocchia Papers, 1986-2016
  • 2619 Craig Mathews Papers, 1961-2016
  • 2627 Frederick Nelson Journals and Flies, 1973-2010
  • 2631 Goetz, Baldwin and Geddes P.C. Legal Files on Stream Access Law, 1972-1989
  • 2638 Paul Gentry Woodcuts