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National Library of Wales
Welsh political ephemera collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EPHEMERA

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Welsh Political Ephemera Collection

Short Title: Welsh political ephemera collection

Creation date(s): 1837-2008 (accumulated [1911]-2008)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.65 cubic metres (155 boxes, 2 vols)

Name of creator(s): Welsh Political Archive

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The National Library had acquired a small quantity of election addresses, political leaflets and circulars, and some printed records deriving from the political parties and their local branches ever since its inception in the early twentieth century. However, no systematic attempt was made to collect these, and the National Library's holdings were consequently patchy with major gaps. Following the establishment of the Welsh Political Archive in the spring of 1983, a systematic attempt was made to acquire these materials by creating a network of local contacts in every constituency in Wales and by establishing contact with the Welsh headquarters of each of the political parties. Other individuals and groups have also presented similar material from time to time.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of election addresses, leaflets, circulars and other printed matter, 1837-1991, generally acquired before the establishment of the Welsh Political Archive; election addresses, leaflets etc., 1905-2008, collected by the WPA; and printed materials, 1887-2004, concerning the political parties in Wales, various pressure groups and organisations, subject files, and other miscellaneous papers.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into three groups: election addresses, leaflets, circulars and other printed matter generally acquired before the establishment of the WPA; election addresses, leaflets, circulars, manifestos etc. collected by the WPA; and printed materials concerning the political parties in Wales, various pressure groups and organisations, subject files, and other 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, compiled in 2004, is available at NLW. An updated catalogue, revised in May 2008, is available on-line.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All the papers acquired have been retained.

Accruals: Additions will come to hand following future election campaigns.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: There are many election addresses, political leaflets and circulars and other printed matter of political interest in a large number of the political archives, both personal collections and party records, in the custody of the National Library. The papers donated by the Rev. Ivor T. Rees, Swansea, also include a large number of parliamentary election addresses deriving from the Welsh constituencies. The Library has also purchased microfilm copies (MFL 36) of the election addresses from English, Welsh and Scottish constituencies, 1892-1931, held at the Special Collections Department of Bristol University Library. This collection was originally in the custody of the National Liberal Club, London.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2004, May 2008


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Campaign literature | Wales
Campaign paraphernalia | Wales
Political collectibles | Wales
Political parties | Wales
Wales | Politics and government | 19th century
Wales | Politics and government | 20th century
Wales | Politics and government | 21st century

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