Louis M. Lyons

Curator 1939-1964

In 1938, Louis Lyons was accepted into the first class of fellows at the Nieman Foundation and when Archibald MacLeish left as curator to become Librarian of Congress in 1939, Lyons was selected as his successor.

As a journalist with The Boston Globe, a news commentator on WGBH television, and curator of the Nieman Foundation, Lyons was an important public figure in the New England media for over 50 years. As curator, he diversified the class of fellows to include women, minorities, and international fellows, and expanded its scope to include all major media.

A forceful advocate for freedom of the press he was recognized with the George Foster Peabody Award for reporting by a local station; the Richard Lauterbach Award for "substantial contributions in the field of civil liberties" in 1958; the Freedom Foundation Medal in 1959; and the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award in 1963. Mr. Lyons died April 11, 1982, at the age of 85.