David Tipton Collection

Scope and Content

Typescripts and galleyproofs of literary works by Tipton, 1971-1989; copies of published works by Tipton, 1975-2001; correspondence and other documents relating to the published works of Tipton (closed), 1958-1989; correspondence to and from Tipton on personal and other matters (closed), 1987-1993; miscellaneous materials, 1990; copies of works by other authors, 1986s.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Tipton was born in Birmingham in 1934 and educated at the Free Grammar School of King Edward the Sixth (Birmingham, England). Following National Service he trained as a teacher. He subsequently travelled widely, spending seven years teaching in Argentina and Peru. After the death of his first wife in 1970, he returned to England with his young children. He settled in Bradford, where he has combined school teaching with writing poetry and prose. He has also run a series of printing presses, including the Rivelin Press, the Tedbeck Press and the Blue Bridge Press, publishing his own work and that of other contemporary English writers, particularly poets.

Reference: Janet M. Claridge, Catalogue of the David Tipton Collection ( The University of Birmingham Library. 1994 ).


The collection is arranged as described above.

Access Information

Restrictions apply to parts of this collection. Please contact the Archivist for further details.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased by the University Library in 1994. Further papers were acquired from Tipton in 2001.

Other Finding Aids

Please see the full catalogue for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are expected.