Guide to the Research Collections

- SECTION -- III -- THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
- PART ONE
- 41 -- SPORTS AND GAMES
- Fishing

Fishing

The rich collection on angling in the Research Libraries numbers approximately 2,500 entries in the Public Catalog, with strong sections on bibliography, handbooks, and game laws going back to the earliest periods of American, English, and European history. Fishing periodicals include such standard titles as Field and Stream (1898-), Rod and Gun (1902-), and Skin Diver (1952-).

Early books on fishing are a feature of the holdings; they include the first 5 editions of Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler issued during the author's lifetime (there are about 150 English language editions of this classic in the library) as well as examples of other books which exist in only a few copies, such as John Whitney's Genteel Recreation (1700) and Constantine S. Rafinesque's Ichthyologia Ohiensis (Lexington, Kentucky, 1820). Most of these items came from the Lenox Library and are listed in Contributions to a Catalogue of the Lenox Library no. 7 (1893). The Lenox collection, which included the library of Thomas Westwood,6 numbered about 500 volumes. From 1897 to 1902 the Hon. John L. Cadwalader gave important collections relating to fishing and outdoor sports.7 In 1937 the library received from the Misses Carolyn C. and Louise DeForest Haynes a collection of nearly 100 volumes on salmon fishing, given in memory of their brother.

Related collections in the holdings are described in chapter 62 of this Guide.