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Gauntlet Press fonds. - 1958-1991. - 3 m of textual record and graphic material.

Administrative History

Founded in 1960, Gauntlet Press is the personal press of poet Richard Outram and his artist/wife Barbara Howard. The Press publishes Outram's poetry, illustrated by Howard's wood engravings. The earliest productions were broadsides and cards, but books of poetry have also been issued, including Thresholds (1973), Locus (1974), Arbor (1976), Around and about the Toronto Islands (1993), Peripatetics: Some Annotations, Glosses and Divers Comments upon Around & about the Toronto Islands (1994) and Tradecraft and Other Uncollected Poems (1994). These carefully crafted editions are printed on handmade paper and bound by the Outrams themselves.

Biographical Sketch

Richard Outram was born in Oshawa, Ontario in 1930 and studied at Victoria College, University of Toronto. He was an employee of the CBC, and has been writing poetry since the 1950s. Outram has also published collections of poetry with other publishers such as Exsultate, Jubilate (1966), The Promise of Light (1979), Selected Poems (1984) Man in Love (1985), Hiram and Jenny (1988), Mogul Recollected (1993) and Benedict Abroad (1998).

Barbara Howard was born in Long Branch, Ontario in 1926 and studied at Western Technical School in Toronto, the Ontario College of Art and St. Martin's School in London, England. Howard is a painter and printmaker, and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Scope and Content

The Gauntlet Press fonds includes manuscripts and typescripts of Outram's poetry and prose for the period from 1958 to 1991; drawings, proofs and woodblocks by Barbara Howard; and mock-ups of many of the Gauntlet Press publications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Barbara Howard and Richard Outram in 1978 and 1991. [1987-02, 1991-17]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available for the first accession. Preliminary list prepared by the creators available for the second accession.

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