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National Library of Wales
Davies, Clement, MP, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CLEIES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Clement Davies (Liberal MP) Papers

Short Title: Davies, Clement, MP, papers

Creation date(s): [1884]-1980

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.158 cubic metres (57 boxes, 2 rolls)

Name of creator(s): Clement Edward Davies


Administrative/Biographical history: Clement Edward Davies (1884-1962), born Edward Clement Davies, Liberal politician, was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Clement Davies was a successful lawyer and published books on agricultural law. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1929 as the member for Montgomeryshire, and was the leader of the Liberal Party, 1945-1956. In 1939, he was the main author of a report to Caernarfonshire County Council on he anti-tuberculosis service in Wales, critical of the negligence of the rural authorities. He was chairman of the All Party Action Group which forced Neville Chamberlain to resign as prime minister in 1940. In 1955 he was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. He was married to Jano Davies (1882-1969), and they had three sons and three daughters.


Scope and content/abstract: Clement Davies's papers, [c.1884]-1967, mainly Liberal Party papers, 1928-1962, Clement Davies's political career, 1929-1965, Welsh affairs, 1936-1962, peace movements, 1940-1962, foreign affairs, 1944-1962, constituency papers, 1951-1962, and home affairs, 1953-1963; and papers and correspondence of Jano Clement-Davies, 1873-1969, and papers of Stanley Clement-Davies, 1920-1963.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged in subject and record type.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by his wife Mrs Jano Davies and by his son Stanley Clement-Davies between 1962 and 1996.


Related material: The House of Lords Record Office holds letters from Clement Davies to Lloyd George, 1939-1942 (LG), and Lord Beaverbrook, 1946-1949 (BBK C/112); Manchester University's John Ryland's Library holds letters to the Manchester Guardian, 1942-1955 (Guardian archives); and Sussex University Library holds correspondence and papers relating to World Government Associations, 1957-1960 (SxMs 33).

Publication note: David M. Roberts, Clement Davies and the Liberal Party, 1929-1956 (unpublished University of Wales MA thesis, 1975, NLW ref. 1975/308), David M. Roberts, 'Clement Davies and the fall of Neville Chamberlain, 1939-40', Welsh history review, 8 (Dec. 1976), pp. 188-215, Emlyn Hooson, 'Clement Davies: an underestimated Welshman and politician', Journal of Liberal Democrat history, 24 (Autumn 1999), Alun Wyburn-Powell, Clement Davies: a liberal biography (2002).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Clement Davies Papers (1981); Dictionary of Welsh biography, 1941-1970 (2001).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2004

Clement-Davies, Jano | 1882-1969 | Correspondence
Clement-Davies, Stanley, | 1920-2003 | Archives
Davies, Clement, | 1884-1962 | Archives
Election districts | Wales | Montgomeryshire | 20th century
Great Britain | Politics and government | 20th century
Liberal Party (Great Britain) | Archives
Peace movements | Great Britain

Personal names
Clement-Davies , Stanley , 1920-2003
Davies , Clement , 1884-1962
Davies , Jano , 1882-1969

Corporate names
Liberal Party (Great Britain)

Montgomeryshire (Wales)

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