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National Library of Wales
Labour Party Wales, archives

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LABWAL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Labour Party Wales Archives

Short Title: Labour Party Wales, archives

Creation date(s): [c. 1931]-1999

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 2.242 cubic metres (204 boxes and 21 vols) (June 2002)

Name of creator(s): Labour Party Wales

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The early members of the Independent Labour Party attempted to establish a South Wales Federation even before the end of the nineteenth century, but the South Wales Regional Council of Labour was not set up until 1937. In May 1947, the Welsh Regional Council of Labour became responsible for the whole of Wales, 'Regional' was dropped from the title in December 1959, and the body was re-christened Labour Party Wales in May 1975.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: The 2002 accrual comprises administrative records, 1994-1999; papers relating to the Cardiff City Labour Party, 1986-1990; subject files, 1965-1999, including papers concerning the Welsh language, 1965-1997, Welsh devolution, 1978-1999, women's issues, 1990-1997, and the National Health Service, 1991-1997; and a group of Labour Party publications, c. 1989-1999.
The 1999 accrual comprises the original Executive Committee minutes, 1937-1987, and Annual Conference papers, 1938-1999, of the South Wales Regional Council of Labour, and its successor bodies the Welsh Regional Council of Labour, the Welsh Council of Labour and the Labour Party Wales; papers, 1983-1994, deriving from the organisation of the Annual Conferences of Labour Women Wales; administrative records, 1949-1996, including files deriving from the selection of Labour parliamentary candidates in 1989-1991, and records, 1949-1987, of Divisional Labour Parties within the city of Cardiff; correspondence and papers, 1931-1996, relating to the activities and role of the Labour Party Wales; files, 1970-1997, relating to the campaigns conducted by the Labour Party Wales in parliamentary, local and European elections; papers, 1974-1982, concerning the Labour Party Women's Committees; and a substantial group of publications, [1937]-1999, of the Labour Party and the Labour Party Wales, general publications of Welsh interest, [1937]-1969, and press cuttings, 1990-1995.
Previous accruals, 1985-1996, not described in this catalogue, include photocopies of the minutes, 1937-1987, of the Executive Committee and microfilms of the reports of the Annual Conferences and of the reports of the Executive Committee to the Annual Conferences, 1938-1984; records, 1951-1992, deriving from parliamentary general and by-elections and European elections; papers concerning the party's organisation and policy, 1974-1987; and an array of files on specific subjects such as devolution, local government, the National Health Service, rural affairs, and the Welsh language and education.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into seven groups: Executive Committee and Annual Conference papers; papers relating to the Annual Conferences of Labour Women Wales; administrative records; subject files; records relating to elections; Labour Party Women's Committees; and published material, including press cuttings. Some of the records arrived at the NLW in files which have been retained in the present catalogue. Others have been sorted and arranged at NLW.

Conditions governing access: Unpublished records less than fifteen years old may not be consulted without the prior written permission of the Organiser of the Wales Labour Party. 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 1985-1996 accruals is also available at NLW. The latter catalogue can also be accessed on-line from http://www.llgc.org.uk:81/index.htm

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Accruals: Accruals are expected

Archival history: The records were accumulated by the Labour Party Wales and by its predecessor bodies the Welsh Regional Council of Labour and the South Wales Regional Council of Labour, at their Cardiff headquarters.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Labour Party Wales, Cardiff, per Ms Sue Phillips, in April 1985, October 1987, 1988, July 1992, May 1996, August 1999 and May 2002.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: A large group of published material is held by NLW; three photographs are in NLW, Special Collections (0200112644); and two videos are held by the Screen and Sound Archive.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title based on contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones.
The following source was used in the compilation of this catalogue: Hopkin, Deian, ed., Labour Party Wales, 1937-1987, a Documentary Souvenir, on the occasion of the Fiftieth Annual Conference (Cardiff, 1987).

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and NLW Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects

Personal names

Corporate names
Labour Party Wales
South Wales Regional Council of Labour
Welsh Regional Council of Labour

Places

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