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Cledwyn, of Penrhos, Lord, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CLEDWYN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos Papers

Short Title: Cledwyn, of Penrhos, Lord, papers

Creation date(s): 1944-2001

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.878 cubic metres (80 boxes and 1 vol.)

Name of creator(s): Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Cledwyn Hughes, Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos (1916-2001), was a prominent Labour politician and Welshman.
Cledwyn Hughes, a native of Holyhead, a son of the manse, graduated in law from Aberystwyth in 1937, qualified as a solicitor in 1940, served in the RAF during the war and worked as a solicitor in Anglesey from 1946. After standing twice in the Labour interest against Lady Megan Lloyd George in 1945 and 1950, he captured Anglesey in 1951, thereafter serving continuously until his retirement in 1979. A fervent devolutionist, Hughes was the second Secretary of State for Wales, 1966-1968, succeeding the veteran Jim Griffiths, and pressing successfully to extend the powers and authority of the new department. He was also Minister of Agriculture, 1968-1970, and Chairman of the Labour Party, 1974-1979. Hughes held a large number of offices within the Labour Party and at Westminster.
Following his retirement from the Commons, he became the Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos, acting as opposition leader in the Lords, 1982-1992, fighting against some of the excesses of the Conservative governments. He was an active president of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1975-1985, and subsequently Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1985-1994. Lord Cledwyn was also an erudite, cultured, patriotic Welshman who remained passionately supportive of the National Eisteddfod.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: The papers donated by Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos in five groups between 1990 and 1997 comprise Lord Cledwyn's diaries, 1970-1978; his engagement diaries, 1966-1984; general correspondence files, 1956-1997; subject files, 1958-1997, including papers relating to Welsh affairs, 1962-1997, and to the Parliamentary Labour Party, 1968-1979; constituency papers, 1955-1996; speech notes, 1952-1979; and printed matter, 1945-1997. The The further papers donated by Lady Cledwyn in May 2001 comprise correspondence files, 1964-2001, including many letters from prominent politicians and individuals, files on specific subjects, 1989-2000, and miscellaneous papers, 1980-1999. --

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: The papers donated by Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos in five groups between 1990 and 1997 have been arranged at NLW into six groups: diaries, general correspondence, subject files, constituency papers, miscellaneous papers, and printed material. The further papers donated by Lady Cledwyn in May 2001 have been arranged at NLW into three series: correspondence files, subject files, and miscellaneous papers.

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 laws apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of this list is available at NLW.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All the papers donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Additional papers are unlikely.

Archival history: Of the papers donated by Lord Cledwyn between 1990 and 1997, most came from his office at the House of Lords, and some from his home at Trearddur Bay, Anglesey. Most of the papers received from his widow Lady Cledwyn in 2002 came from Lord Cledwyn's Anglesey home at Trearddur Bay, a few were received from his London office.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos in April 1990, July 1991, October 1992, July 1997 and November 1997, and by Lady Cledwyn of Penrhos in May 2002.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Jones, J. G. 'Hughes, Cledwyn, Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos, (1916-2001)', Encyclopaedia of Wales (forthcoming).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2002 and February 2013.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Cledwyn of Penrhos, Cledwyn Hughes, | Baron, | 1916- | Archives
Politicians | Wales | Archives

Personal names
Cledwyn of Penrhos , Cledwyn Hughes , 1916- , Baron

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