The Sipper mss., 1973–2010, consist of the correspondence and business records of Ralph Bruno Sipper, 1932– , of Santa Barbara, California, one of the leading antiquarian booksellers in America specializing in modern first editions. The correspondence includes letters from numerous literary and academic figures with whom Sipper has done business and formed friendships over the years, including Eric Ambler, Robert Albert Bloch, Christopher Buckley, Jerome Cheryn, Robert Coover, Edgar Lawrence Doctorow, Robert Olney Easton, William Oliver Everson, William Gaddis, Tess Gallagher, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Gold, John Clendennin Burne Hawkes, Edward Hoagland, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Robert Kelly, James Laughlin, Norman Mailer, David Markson, James Merrill, Wright Morris, Dmitri Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Robert Brown Parker, Julian Symons, Alexander Louis Theroux, John Hoyer Updike, Diane Wakoski, Eudora Welty, and Calder Baynard Willingham.
Among his other activities Sipper has often written book reviews for Santa Barbara and Los Angeles newspapers and periodicals. A group of clippings of such reviews and articles, 1974–1996, are included in the collection.
Acquired: 1997, 2007–2010
Collection size: 1,480 items