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Gordon Jackson Papers (including the Grosseteste Press and Asgill Press Archives)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10306

Scope and Contents

Papers of Gordon Jackson, including material relating to the Grosseteste Press, Asgill Press, and other literary projects and friendships.


  • 1960 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

The collection contains personal correspondence. The provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) apply to access. Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

Gordon Jackson was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1938 and was at school there with the poet John Riley. Between 1966 and 1972 with his wife Helene he was a director of the Grosseteste Press (of which John Riley and Tim Longville were editors), and was responsible for the letterpress printing and much of the design work. From 1979 onwards he published titles under the imprint of the Asgill Press. Most of his working life was spent in teacher education at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln. He is the author, translator or editor of numerous works, including ‘Akropolis’ (Asgill, 1987), ‘The Lincoln psalter‘ (Carcanet, 1997), Isaac Watts, ‘Selected poems’ (Carcanet: Fyfield Books, 1999) and Robert Grosseteste, ‘Complete dicta in English’ (13 volumes, Asgill, 2006).


0.5 cubic metre(s)

8 archive box(es)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Gordon Jackson, June 2019.

Related Materials

A collection of Asgill Press publications, accessioned at the same time as the papers, was transferred to the Library's printed book collections. A compact disc, 'The eternal light / Lumière eternelle', including music setting words by Jackson, accessioned at the same time as the papers, was transferred to the Music Department and given the classmark CD.10955. Correspondence relating to the Grosseteste Press is held in the Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts in the papers of Michael Grant (MS Add.10000), John Riley (MS Add.10138) and J. H. Prynne (MS Add.10144).

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Repository Details

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