J. Howard Woolmer

Fonds number:
Title: J. Howard Woolmer
Dates of Material:
20 cm of textual records
83 photographs: b&w
Biographical sketch

J. Howard Woolmer was born in Montreal in 1929. He moved to New York City in 1958, where he began a career as a professional bookseller in the early 1960s. In addition to working at his business J. Howard Woolmer has compiled a number of published bibliographies and collections of note, including A Checklist of the Hogarth Press 1917–1946 (1976, 1986), and a catalogue as well as a bibliography of Malcolm Lowry’s writings. In recent years Mr. Woolmer has built collections relating to American poets, Irish poets, American Jewish writers and Irish theatre for the Firestone Library at Princeton University.

Woolmer died in 2023.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence, catalogues, research and production material, photographs and other records relating predominantly to the revised edition of A Checklist of the Hogarth Press 1917–1946 (1986) compiled by J. Howard Woolmer, and including material regarding the first edition (published 1976).

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from J. Howard Woolmer during the 1990s.

Language of material


Access restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Finding aids

Box/file list available

Related material

For records created by J. Howard Woolmer relating to the production of A Malcolm Lowry catalogue and MalcolmLowry: a bibliography see the “Howard Woolmer papers” in the University of British Columbia Special Collections Division.


No further accruals are expected.

Access points

Provenance access points:
Woolmer, J. Howard, 19292023


Hogarth press

Related exhibitions at Victoria University Library

In 1997 the library mounted “Bloomsbury: Books, art and design,” an exhibition based on its Virginia Woolf collection.

In 2007 the exhibition Virginia & Co. was mounted to celebrate the 125th birthday of Virginia Woolf.