This photo is housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The Reading Room


The Gard Reader

  • PDF version – 12.3 MB (may take some time to download)
  • eBrary version – You will need to create a free eBrary account to download the book and to use certain features.

This electronic book is a collaborative project by the members of the Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation Board. The work is compiled and edited by Mike Warlum and includes selections from works by Robert Gard. The eBook is part of the Cleveland State University Scholarship Collection at the Michael Schwartz Library and was published by MSL Academic Endeavors.

The Works of Robert E. Gard

A comprehensive list of the works of Robert E. Gard including books, videos, pamphlets, articles, forwards, chapters, and plays.

The Wisconsin Archives

A description and finding aid to the extensive resources available in the Robert Gard Collection at the University of Wisconsin.

The Alberta Archives

Journal CoverBetween 1942 and 1946 Gard supervised the collection of tall tales, humor, stories, reminiscences, plays, poems, photographs and other materials about Alberta, Canada. The collection of over 1,000 items is housed in the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library at the University of Alberta. The collection was digitized as part of “Our Future, Our Past: the Alberta Heritage Digitization Project.” You can browse the collected works at the Alberta Folklore and Local History Collection. Numerous radio scripts, plays, periodical articles, biographies and short stories by Robert Gard are available for study on this website.

At the right is a reproduction of the cover of the Alberta Folklore Quarterly vol. 1, no. 1 (March 1945). This particular issue was edited by Gard and is one of many digitized works that can be found in the Collection.

Readings on Art in Small Communities

Suggestions for further reading about the arts in small communities including online essays and links to other resources from The Community Arts Reading Room, links to lectures, and other publications related to the Robert E. Gard Foundation.