Barbara Taylor Bradford Archive

Scope and Content

Includes typecript copies of her novels, some with manuscript annotations, printers' proofs, published novels, press cuttings and magazines featuring articles about Taylor Bradford, papers relating to the conferment of her Honorary Degree of Letters at the University of Leeds and her relationship with the University.Also includes published novels given by Bradford to R.P. Carr (Librarian), then given by Carr to the Library.

Administrative / Biographical History

Barbara Taylor Bradford, the novelist, was born in Upper Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire, on 10 May 1933, the only child of Winston and Freda Taylor. At 16 she became a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post , and by the age of 20 was both an editor and a columnist on London's Fleet Street. After her marriage to American film producer Robert Bradford in 1963, she moved to the USA, where she continued her journalistic career with great success and also wrote children's books and eight books on interior design. Her career as a writer of fiction, however, really began in 1979, when she had her first novel, A Woman of Substance , published and it became an enduring bestseller. Since then she has written many other successful novels, of which some have been made into television mini-series, and many have been translated into other languages. Her achievements have been recognised by several universities, including the University of Leeds, which honoured her with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1990, and she has also received many other cultural awards. Now an American citizen, she lives in New York.


The box numbering may be subject to change in the light of subsequent receipts of material.

Access Information

This collection is subject to various access conditions. Please see individual catalogue descriptions for further details on access.

Acquisition Information

The gift of Barbara Taylor Bradford in 1988 and on occasions since, most recently in July 2004.


In English.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in copyright. Photocopies or digital images can only be supplied by the Library for research or private study within the terms of copyright legislation. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain the copyright holder's permission to reproduce for any other purpose. Guidance is available on tracing copyright status and ownership.