- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Woolmer, J. Howard
- Selected Papers of J. Howard Woolmer
- Manuscripts Division
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- 7 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-5; B-000774; B-000801
Consists of files of American antiquarian book dealer J. Howard Woolmer's correspondence with various poets and writers and author photographs.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of files of Woolmer's correspondence with various poets and writers, such as Conrad Aiken, Edward Albee, Hortense Calisher, Alfred Corn, Guy Davenport, Athol Fugard, Seamus Heaney, Charles Simic, Reed Whittemore, and Richard Wilbur, and includes related author photographs, clippings, and several publications. Much of the material deals with Woolmer's solicitation and sale of the authors' personal papers. The collection includes a copy of the first catalogue (1931) of publications from the Ulysses Bookshop (London) and a lot of material dealing with the Warwick Press (Easthampton, Massachusetts).
Files are intellectually arranged by author or press name, followed by a group of author photographs.
- Collection Creator Biography:
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.
Gifts of J. Howard Woolmer in 2009 (AM 2009-110, AM 2009-132) and 2016 (AM 2017-7, AM 2017-51).
No materials were separated from the collection during 2016 processing.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by John Delaney in April 2009. Finding aid written by John Delaney in April 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012 and updated by Fiona Bell '2018 in 2016.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Selected Papers of J. Howard Woolmer; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Antiquarian booksellers -- Pennsylvania -- Revere -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Authors -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Literary agents -- Pennsylvania -- Revere -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Poets -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
- Genre Terms:
- Correspondence -- 20th century
- Warwick Press