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.
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.