Hank Bruns papers, 1962-1973

Overview of the Collection

Hammer, Larry; International Book Finders; Dykes, Jeff; Trout Unlimited (1959-); Western Books
Hank Bruns papers
1962-1973 (inclusive)
1 folder
Collection Number
Correspondence between physician and founder of Trout Unlimited, Larry Hammer and Hank Bruns, fishing bibliographer.
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
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Hank Bruns, née Henry P. Bruns, was born in New York on August 13, 1904. In 1926, Hank Bruns married Gilda L. Bruns an Italian immigrant who was a homemaker and seamstress. They lived together in Bergen, New Jersey. Between 1930 and 1943, Hank and Gilda Bruns were divorced. In 1943, Hank Bruns took a second wife named Marian Bruns whose occupation was a homemaker. Between 1930 and 1950, Hank Bruns received his undergraduate degree. By 1950, Hank Bruns was living in Coweta County, Georgia and working as a fishing tackle manufacturer sales representative. Hank Bruns went on to become a renowned fishing bibliographer. In 1960, Hank and Marian Bruns resided in Atlanta, Georgia. He died on July 10, 1994 in Fulton County, Georgia.

Larry Hammer, née Loren G. Hammer, was born in San Joaquin County, California on May 14, 1920 to Loren George Hammer and Clara Gregory. In 1940, he served on the eleventh field artillery unit of the US Army in Honoulu, HI. By 1950, Larry had married Carolyn Hammer and moved to Denver, CO. In 1959, Loren and Carolyn Hammer moved to Butte, MT where Loren worked for the Community Memorial Hospital as a radiologist. Larry continued to live in Montana until his death at the age of 63 on February 23, 1984, in Kalispell, MT.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence between physician and founder of Trout Unlimited, Larry Hammer and Hank Bruns, fishing bibliographer. Contains mention of many rare fish texts. Letter of sale from rare book seller, Jeff Dykes, and deposited check for sale of Sport among the Rockies by Charles S. Francis. Remaining items include catalog cards, a postcard, and an anti-irrigation dam pamphlet from Trout Unlimited Organization.

Content notice: Contains pro-confederacy allusions and pro-Ku Klux Klan joke.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Originally part of the Verne Gallup papers, which were a gift of Corri Gallup in 2018.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Africa--Description and travel
  • Bibliographers
  • Fishes
  • Rare books

Personal Names

  • Bruns, Hank

Corporate Names

  • Trout Unlimited (1959-)

Geographical Names

  • Alaska--Description and travel
  • Montana--Description and travel

Form or Genre Terms

  • Bibliographies
  • Bills of sale
  • Correspondence
  • Postcards