Collection RC0212 - Richard Outram and Barbara Howard collection

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Richard Outram and Barbara Howard collection

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  • 1970-2005 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records and graphic material

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Richard Outram , poet, was born in Oshawa, Ontario in 1930. He was educated at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. He is the author of several books of poetry. He married Barbara Howard in 1957. Together he and Barbara founded the Gauntlet Press in 1960, primarily in order to publish Richard's poetry, illustrated by Howard's wood engravings. Richard died in 2005.

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Barbara Howard, artist, was born in Long Branch, Ontario in 1926. She was educated at the Ontario College of Art and St. Martin’s School in London, England. She married Richard Outram in 1957. Together they founded the Gauntlet Press in 1960 in order to publish Richard's poetry, which was illustrated by Barbara's wood engravings. Barbara died in 2002.

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The collection consists of correspondence, poetry, and Gauntlet Press broadsheets, sent to Christina Duff Stewart by Richard Outram and Barbara Howard. There are also various printed items collected by Stewart about the couple. The collection also includes books, catalogued for Archives and Research Collections.

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The collection (11-2007) was acquired from Christina Duff Stewart in March 2007.


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The Richard Outram fonds is at the Fisher Rare Book Library University of Toronto. The Gauntlet Press fonds is at Library and Archives Canada.

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