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Roberts, Roger, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 ROGROB

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Roger Roberts Papers

Short Title: Roberts, Roger, papers

Creation date(s): 1929-1999 (predominantly 1950-1999)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.164 cubic metres (16 small boxes, 1 large box)

Name of creator(s): Roger Roberts


Administrative/Biographical history: The Rev. J. Roger Roberts, Methodist minister and politician, was born in 1935. He was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor, and at Handsworth College in Birmingham before becoming a superintendent methodist minister. He stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Party, Liberal S.D.P. (Social Democratic Party) alliance, and the Liberal Democratic Party in the Conwy Constituency during the 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992 and 1997 elections. He was also a councillor for the Llandudno East ward and the group leader of the Liberals on the Aberconwy Borough Council, 1976-1987. He was Chair of University Liberal Societies, the President of the Welsh Liberal Party and President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and one of the vice presidents of the Liberal Democrats (representing Wales). He has been the Welsh representative on ELDR (the European Liberal Party) Council, and Chair of Welsh Water Lifeline which sent aid to Ethiopia, Rwanda, and to the Kurds. He has led and organised overseas visits by choirs and orchestras. He is a well know broadcaster, especially on Radio 2 where he is a regular presenter of Pause for Thought and is also a very frequent broadcaster in both Welsh and English on BBC Cymru/Wales.


Scope and content/abstract: The second group, described here, comprises the personal political papers of the Rev. J. Roger Roberts. These include electoral ephemera, minutes, newspaper cuttings, reports and letters mostly relating to the Liberal Party / Liberal/SDP (Social Democratic Party) Alliance / Liberal Democratic Party, and in particular to the Liberal Party in the Conwy Constituency mainly between 1950 and 1999. The first group, donated in 1997, and described elsewhere, also contains some personal political papers relating to the Liberal Party, in particular to the Conwy Constituency, between 1946 and 1993. These include newsletters, leaflets, various publications, manifetstos, policy and constitutional papers, annual reports, newspaper cuttings, correspondence and minutes.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: The fonds was arranged at NLW into five series: electoral papers, newspaper cuttings, WLP (Welsh Liberal Party), subject files, constituency files.

Conditions governing access: Parts of the archive are not available for consultation until 1 January 2007 without written permission from the donor (see file level descriptions). 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 laws apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW. A hard copy of the catalogue of the 1997 donation is available in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1998, pp. 65-7, and can be accessed on-line from


Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the Rev. J. Roger Roberts, Llandudno, August 1997 and August 2001.



Note: Titles supplied from archive contents.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Ifan Prys. The follwing sources were used in the compilation/preparation of this catalogue:;, February 2002

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACRII; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2002

Roberts, Roger, | 1935- | Archives
Wales | Politics and government | 20th century

Personal names
Roberts , Roger , 1935-

Corporate names
Liberal Democrats (Great Britain)
Liberal Party (Great Britain)
Social Democratic Party (Great Britain)
Social and Liberal Democrats (Great Britain)

Conwy (Wales)

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