A selection of the Library’s archival collections
2022 was a busy year for the Library’s archivists. The easing of covid restrictions meant that they were able to spend the whole year cataloguing archives in earnest as well as undertaking their other responsibilities, so many more catalogues were produced than in the previous two years.
Here is a taste of the catalogues that were completed in 2022. Work continues on other catalogues as ever, including some substantial and important new archives and also small additions to existing catalogues. Details of recently catalogued manuscripts in the NLW MSS and NLW ex series will appear in another blog.
Records of Aber Research, an organisation that conducted opinion polls and gathered statistical information on behalf of Plaid Cymru during the 1990s.
A further addition to the extensive archive of the Welsh youth organisation.
Academic and research papers of the musician Caryl Roese and her husband, Herbert Roese.
An addition to the archive of the composer David Harries, including works by him and William Mathias.
An addition to the papers accumulated by the historian Sir Deian Hopkin, including a Llanelli Labour Party minute book for the meeting in which Jim Griffiths was selected as a candidate.
Additional papers of the agriculturalist Emrys Bennett Owen (1911-1988), including material relating to his interests in music, farming and community matters.
Greg Hill Papers
Papers of the writer, poet and literary editor Greg Hill.
Educational papers of Hywel Ceri Jones, an official with the European Commission.
Election literature from Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom, 1928-1997, collected by the Reverend Ivor T. Rees.
Jenny Porter Papers
Papers of Jenny Porter, co-ordinator of Cymru Pride Wales.
Papers of the sculptor, draughtsman and teacher John Meirion Morris (1936-2020).
Papers created in relation to Layers in the Landscape, an interdisciplinary project that applied the concept of deep mapping to the submerged landscape of Cardigan Bay.
An addition to the papers of the politician and broadcaster Lee Waters.
A collection of material relating to the struggle of communities in the Gwendraeth Valley against the efforts of Swansea Corporation to create a reservoir there in the 1960s.
Political and personal papers of Lord MacDonald of Gwaenysgor (1988-1966), including material relating to issues such as the unification of Newfoundland and Canada.
Personal and professional papers of the educational campaigner Mary Silyn Roberts (1877-1972), together with those of her husband, Robert (Silyn) Roberts.
NLW Deed 1962
King John’s Abergavenny charter. There was a blog about the charter soon after we purchased it, and a more detailed article about it has also been published recently: D. J. Moore, ‘Abergavenny and Dunwallesland: a 1209 charter of king John’ in The Monmouthshire Antiquary: Proceedings of the Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association XXXVII (2022), 5-13
Literary and academic papers of the writer Alun Eirug Davies (1932-2019), together with personal and literary papers of his father, the Reverend T. Eirug Davies.
Records of the Aberystwyth publishing group which specialises in Welsh-language books.
A small addition to the literary archive of the writer Tecwyn Lloyd.
Professional papers of the harpist Elinor Bennett.
Papers of the Reverend David Samuel Owen (1887-1959), minister of Jewin Chapel, London.
Personal and professional papers of the renowned actress Siân Phillips.
Papers of Sir Guildhaume Myrddin-Evans (1894-1964), a senior civil servant, industrial relations expert and British representative to the International Labour Organisation, including records relating to the Local Government Commission for Wales, as well as a diplomatic spat in Venezuela with the ILO.
Further additions to the ephemera collection.
Administrative papers of the Aberystwyth, Pontypridd and Cardiff branches of Welsh Women’s Aid, referring to many issues affecting women and their children who use the service including domestic violence, social welfare and the law.
David Moore (Archivist)
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