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Adams, Sam, Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SAMAMS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Sam Adams Papers

Short Title: Adams, Sam, Papers

Creation date(s): 1931-2005 (accumulated 1967-2005)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.027 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Sam Adams


Administrative/Biographical history: Sam Adams is a poet, critic and editor, who has published two volumes of poetry and has edited a number of anthologies and collections of essays on Anglo-Welsh literature. He was the co-editor of a collection of short stories by Anglo-Welsh writers, The Shining Pyramid (1970) with Roland Mathias, editor of Ten Anglo-Welsh Poets (1974), and the author of essays on Geraint Goodwin and Roland Mathias in the Writers of Wales series (1975, 1995). Poetry Wales was a magazine founded in 1965 by Meic Stephens, who was the editor until 1973. Sam Adams was a member of the editorial board of Poetry Wales from 1970 to 1973, and became editor from Summer 1973 until Spring 1975 (Vols 9/1-10/3). During this time, as well as introducing new poets, Poetry Wales also featured special issues on Dylan Thomas, Sir T. H. Parry-Williams and Alun Lewis.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters to Sam Adams from prominent literary figures, including material submitted to him by them for publication, and some related correspondence between other parties, together with files on Geraint Goodwin and Alun Lewis.


Language/scripts of material: English and Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups, following the order Sam Adams in which Sam Adams arranged the papers himself: Letters to Sam Adams (2002 Purchase) and Letters to Sam Adams (2007 Purchase).

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 the first part of this list is available at NLW.


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

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Mr Sam Adams, Newport, June 2002 and July 2007.


Related material: Other papers relevant to this collection are in NLW, Poetry Wales Archive.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Nia Mai Williams, with additions by David Moore. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: The New Companion to the Literature of Wales, ed. Meic Stephens (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1998); Poetry Wales.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2003 and January 2015

Adams, Sam, | 1934- | Archives
English poetry | Welsh authors | 20th century
Short stories, English | Welsh authors

Personal names
Adams , Sam , 1934-

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