Biography and History

J . Howard Woolmer was born in Montreal in 1929. He began his professional antiquarian bookselling career in New York, developing a special interest in small presses and American writers of the post-World War II era and, later, in Irish poets and novelists. In the course of putting together a number of significant author collections, he has published several important bibliographies and catalogues, including Malcolm Lowry: A Bibliography (Revere, Pa.: Woolmer/Brotherson, 1983), A Checklist of the Hogarth Press, 1917-1946 ( Revere, Pa.: Woolmer/Brotherson, 1986), and The Poetry Bookshop, 1912-1935, A Bibliography (Revere, Pa.: Woolmer/Brotherson, 1988). He has been the guiding force in creating a number of modern literature collections at the Princeton University Library with Princeton alumnus Leonard L. Milberg, Class of 1953. For much of his life, Woolmer's home and place of business was in Revere, Pennsylvania.

Source: From the finding aid for C1318