Guide to the Steve Raymond Papers
circa 1954-2009

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Raymond, Steve
Title: Steve Raymond Papers
Dates: circa 1954-2009 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Collection Number: XOE_SC0003RaymondS
Summary: The Steve Raymond Papers consist of various writings by a life-long fly fisherman and acclaimed author of works exploring the many facets of the sport. The collection also includes correspondence, records of Raymond's professional affiliations, and biographical reference material about other noted fly fishermen.
Repository: Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Contact Information: Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Biographical Note

Life-long fly fisherman and acclaimed author of works exploring the many facets of the sport, Steve Raymond was born in 1940 in Bellingham, Washington. A graduate of the University of Washington, he went on to a long career as a journalist for the Seattle Times. In addition to books, Raymond has been a major contributor of articles and book reviews to angling magazines, and served as editor of The Flyfisher and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazines. He has won many awards including the Roderick Haig-Brown Award of the Federation of Fly Fishers and the Letcher Lambuth Angling Craftsman Award of the Washington Fly Fishing Club.

Content Description

The Steve Raymond papers consist of drafts and final manuscript versions of works by Raymond, including Kamloops, The Year of the Angler, The Year of the Trout, The Estuary Flyfisher, Rivers of the Heart, Blue Upright, Backcasts, Nervous Water, and Steelhead Country. Other writings include book forwards and reviews, magazine and newspaper articles about local fly fishing organizations, issues and personalities, and contributions to various fly fishing encyclopedias. The collection also contains correspondence with various individuals and publishing outlets such as Sports Illustrated. There are records related to Raymond’s professional affiliations, including the Washington Fly Fishing Club, as well as files containing biographical reference material and awards conferred upon various noted fly fishermen.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use :  

Material in the collection may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation :  

Steve Raymond Papers, Western Libraries Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Steve Raymond Papers are organized according to the following series arrangement:

  • Series I. Research and Writings, circa 1971-2004
  • Series II. Correspondence, circa 1966-2005
  • Series III. Professional Affiliations, circa 1963-2000
  • Series IV. Awards and Memorials, circa 1954-2009
Acquisition Information :  

The collection was donated by Steven Raymond in various installments between 2006 and 2009.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I :  Research and Writingscirca 1971-2004
Book Reviews
1/1-1/7 Flyfisher Magazine 1978-1990
1/8-1/9 Miscellaneous fly fishing book reviews circa 1979-1993
2/1-2/3 Kamloops - first draft with author's corrections, photo, and correspondence 1969
2/4-2/5 Kamloops - second draft with author's corrections 1970
2/6-2/9 Kamloops - research notes (Volumes 1-4) 1971
3/1-3/3 Kamloops - third revised edition 1994
3/4-3/7 The Year of the Angler - first draft with author's corrections (Parts I-IV) 1972
3/8-3/11 The Year of the Angler - manuscript with editor's corrections (Parts I-IV) 1972
3/12-3/15 The Year of the Trout - copy of original manuscript (Parts I-IV) 1984
3/16-3/17 Backcasts: A History of the Washington Fly Fishing Club, 1939-1989 - copy of original manuscript 1988
4/1-4/3 Steelhead Country - original manuscript with copy editor's corrections and instructions to typesetter 1991
4/4-4/7 The Estuary Flyfisher - copy of original manuscript 1996
4/8-4/11 Rivers of the Heart - copy of original manuscript (Parts I-IV) 1997
5/1-5/4 Blue Upright - copy of original manuscript 2003
5/5-5/9 Nervous Water - copy of original manuscript (Parts I-V) 2004
5/10-5/15 Various articles, book reviews, speeches, etc. circa 1970-2005
5/16 Fenwick Encyclopedia Project: Rod-Building Segment (Steve Raymond, ed.) undated
5/17 ABC-TV: "American Sportsman" - correspondence, agreement, and newspaper article 1974-1976
5/18 The Masters on the Dry Fly - correspondence, agreement, and dust jacket 1976
5/19 The Masters on the Nymph - correspondence and manuscript 1977-1978
5/20 Stillwater Trout - correspondence, agreement, and manuscript 1978-1979
5/21 McClane's New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia circa 1971
6/1-6/4 President's Task Force on Northwest Fisheries - reference file (includes 1976 Bureau of Indian Affairs publication titled "Background Information on Indian Fishing Rights in the Pacific Northwest") circa 1974-1979

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Series II :  Correspondencecirca 1966-2005
6/5-7/6 Correspondence - incoming (alphabetical A-Z) circa 1930s
7/7 Correspondence - incoming (Nick Lyons) 1977-1997
7/8 Correspondence - incoming (Sports Illustrated) 1978-1986
7/9 Correspondence - outgoing 1979-1992

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Series III :  Professional Affiliationscirca 1963-2000
7/10 Bamboo Rod Builders - photographs, membership directories, and catalogs circa 1990s
Washington Fly Fishing Club
7/11-7/15 Creel Notes newsletter 1966-1972
8/1 Constitution and bylaws 1963-2000
8/2 Histories undated
8/3 Rosters 1993-2000
8/4 Evergreen Fly Fishing Club - calendar; Fourth Corner Fly Fishers Club - constitution and bylaws; Totem Fly Fishers Club - history circa 1972-1998

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Series IV :  Awards and Memorialscirca 1954-2009
8/5 Half-Assed Awards: Memories 1954-1999
8/6 Letcher Lambuth Angling Craftsman Award - estate and memorial fund materials, correspondence, biographical materials, notices of award, event programs, and newspaper clippings circa 1974-2008
8/7 In Memoriam - biographical materials, correspondence, tributes, obituaries, photographs, and newspaper clippings (Enos Bradner, Roderick Haig-Brown, Lewis A. Bell, Ed Foss, Ralph Wahl, Alan Pratt) circa 1961-1996
8/8 Walt Johnson biographical materials - correspondence, writings, and photographs circa 1950s-1999

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Raymond, Steve -- Archives
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American -- Northwest, Pacific
  • Fly fishing
  • Fly fishing -- Northwest, Pacific

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