Nick Lyons Ephemera Collection, 1932-2005  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Lyons, Nick
Title
Nick Lyons Ephemera Collection
Dates
1932-2005
Quantity
16.8 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2475, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Nick Lyons Ephemera Collection includes the corporate history of the firm represented by the by-laws, assorted minutes, contracts and agreements with authors, business plans, financial papers and investors and publisher agreements. Original editorial manuscripts of books published by Lyons Press and bound advance uncorrected proofs and galley prints, a full set of autographed catalogs, promotional materials and company memos are included. Also received were over 320 subject files for prominent authors and artists. In addition, the collection includes: numerous original rough drafts, with notes and handwritten editorial notations, of articles and columns written by Nick Lyons. Also contained in the collection are original art works, photographs, and personal memorabilia.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

Permission to publish any documents created by Nick Lyons and unpublished prior to February 23, 2005 cannot be granted by Montana State University, and Montana State University holds no copyright of any kind for any material created by parties other than Nick Lyons, including (but not limited to) literary or manuscript copyright or copyright in any of the works of art. All Nick Lyons Books, Lyons and Burford and The Lyons Press corporate historical documents and all original signed contracts or letter agreements and all drafts of such agreements in Series 1 are restricted from public access until February 23, 2010. Also a selected number of author subject files denoted by italics R ** are restricted from public access until February 23, 2010. Another collection of author/subject files denoted by bold R * are restricted from public access until February 23, 2007.

Additional Reference Guides

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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Nick Lyons was born on June 5, 1932 in New York, New York. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Bard College, and the University of Michigan, from which he earned a doctorate in 1963. Lyons married in 1957 to artist Mari Blumenau and the couple had four children; Paul, Charles, Jennifer, and Anthony (Tony). Lyons academic career began at the University of Michigan where he taught English prior to accepting a position at the Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1961. He remained on the faculty of CUNY until 1988. He also worked as the executive editor of Crown Publishers from 1964-1974. An avid fisherman, Lyons found a way to combine his avocation and profession in 1977 when he created his first publishing company, Nick Lyons Books, as an American subsidiary of the British publisher Benn Brothers Ltd. In 1984, he bought out the subsidiary rights and incorporated as Nick Lyons Books, Inc. It earned the reputation as one of the premier publishers of fishing books, but the company also printed works on nature, camping, adventure, gardening, woodworking, travel, the sea, history, food and wine, art and reference, hunting, general sport, and a few fiction titles. In 1989, in partnership with Peter Burford the name was changed to Lyons and Burford, Publishers. When Peter Burford left the company in 1997, it became the Lyons Press. In 1999, Tony Lyons, Nick's son, took over as President and Publisher of the firm with Nick remaining as Chairman of the Board. During its final full year of production in 2000, Lyons Press published 190 titles and had sales estimated at more than seven million dollars. In 2001 Lyons Press was acquired by Globe Pequot Press of Guilford, Connecticut. As well as being a book publisher Nick Lyons is a prolific writer and has produced several books on fly fishing. He has written introductions, forewords and prefaces for many Lyons Press books and also had a feature column of essays named the "Seasonable Angler" in Fly Fisherman Magazine for many years. Lyons has written articles for many other periodicals including Field and Stream and the New York Times, and several anthologies of these essays have been published. He is also a frequent speaker at functions devoted to fishing including museum openings, conventions, and meetings of assorted fly fishing organizations and clubs.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Lyons collection includes the corporate history of the firm represented by the by-laws, assorted minutes, contracts and agreements with authors, business plans, financial papers and investors and publisher agreements. Original editorial manuscripts of books published by Lyons Press and bound advance uncorrected proofs and galley prints, a full set of autographed catalogs, promotional materials and company memos are included. Also received were over 320 subject files for prominent authors and artists including Art Flick, Charles Brooks, John Troy, Tom McGuane, Paul Schullery, Ed Zern, Len Wright, Valerie Haig-Brown, and Verlyn Klinkenborg. Some were great friends and some were business associates. In addition, the collection includes: numerous original rough drafts, with notes and handwritten editorial notations, of articles and columns written by Nick Lyons for publications including the Fly Fisherman Magazine, Field and Stream and the New York Times; introductions, prefaces and forewords for many prominent fly fishing books; edited speech notes and cards for talks at meetings of Trout Unlimited chapters, the Anglers Club of New York, the American Museum of Fly Fishing, and conventions of organizations and companies related to fishing and publishing. Also contained in the collection are original art works, photographs, and personal memorabilia.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish any documents created by Nick Lyons and unpublished prior to February 23, 2005 cannot be granted by Montana State University, and Montana State University holds no copyright of any kind for any material created by parties other than Nick Lyons, including (but not limited to) literary or manuscript copyright or copyright in any of the works of art. All Nick Lyons Books, Lyons and Burford and The Lyons Press corporate historical documents and all original signed contracts or letter agreements and all drafts of such agreements in Series 1 are restricted from public access until February 23, 2010. Also a selected number of author subject files denoted by italics R ** are restricted from public access until February 23, 2010. Another collection of author/subject files denoted by bold R * are restricted from public access until February 23, 2007.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1-13 Series 1: Nick Lyons Books, Lyons and Burford and The Lyons Press Records
Business plans, financial records, minutes of directors and shareholders meetings, agreements and financial by-outs between individuals and corporations. Notes and memos to Tony Lyons and other staff members, various day to day materials with handwritten notations by Nick Lyons including correspondence, advertising materials, book proposals, etc. Also present are Nick Lyons' agreement to become an editorial consultant for Crown Publishers in 1971 and other publishers' agreements. Draft and final contracts, agreements and negotiations are arranged alphabetically by author. Also present are all company catalogues (autographed by Nick and Tony), many original manuscripts with editor/proofreader remarks and changes, book proposals, bound advance uncorrected proofs and galley prints (Lyons publications are autographed and meant for reviewers) and miscellaneous promotional materials.
The historical corporate documents and contracts contained in Box 1 through Box 4, file 4 are restricted from public access until February 23, 2010.
1971-2002
14-36 Series 2: Author Subject Files
This series contains the author subject files received in the collection. Subjects of the files may be an individual, publication or organization. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by author name in addition to files for outdoor authors and artists, other publishers and fans. (A group of unsorted letters have been interfiled as appropriate). Contents may include personal or professional correspondence between the author, Lyons publications and/or Nick Lyons. Many contain enclosures. The nature of the enclosures may include drafts of works in progress, editorial suggestions and requests, art work, postcards, photographs, tied flies, greeting cards, biographical questionnaires, copies of magazine or newspaper articles or assorted ephemera.
A selected list of these author subject files denoted by italics R** are restricted from public access until February 23, 2010. Another portion of these author subject files denoted by bold R * are restricted from public access until February 23, 2007.
1932-2005
37-40 Series 3: Nick Lyons writings, articles, and speeches
A collection of hand written and typed manuscript drafts with numerous editorial notes and corrections of Lyons essays, articles, forewords, introductions, prefaces of books, and speaking engagements. Speaking notes frequently have several drafts and editorial notes on full pages or 5 × 7 speech cards. Where publications and dates have been determined the materials are by publication in chronological order. There are also miscellaneous writings and unidentified articles with publication unknown. Dates of most speaking engagements are listed or identified by content.
41-42 Series 4: Artwork, photographs and personal ephemera
Collected artwork includes an original oil painting, original watercolors, book illustrations in pen and pencil as well as copy prints of illustrations for publications, cartoons and promotional posters. Some are framed or mounted. Also present are an original sketch book, photographic prints in black and white and color, snapshots, slides as well as brochures, catalogues, and personal memorabilia. Signed artwork is filed by the artist.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American
  • Fishers
  • Fishing-Literary collections
  • Fishing-Periodicals
  • Fishing-Societies, etc
  • Fly fishing
  • Publishers and publishing-United States
  • Sports publishing-United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Brooks, Charles E., 1921-
  • Flick, Art
  • Haig-Brown, Valerie
  • Klinkenborg, Verlyn
  • McGuane, Thomas
  • Schullery, Paul
  • Troy, John
  • Wright, Leonard M
  • Zern, Edward Geary, 1910-
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Articles
  • Business records
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Memorabilia
  • Photographs
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Lyons and Burford, Publishers (creator)
    • Lyons Press (creator)
    • Nick Lyons Books (creator)