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National Library of Wales
Macdonald, Tom, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MACDONALD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Tom Macdonald Papers

Short Title: Macdonald, Tom, papers

Creation date(s): 1917-1983

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.243 cubic metres (26 boxes, 5 wallets)

Name of creator(s): Tom Macdonald


Administrative/Biographical history: Tom Macdonald (1899-1980), novelist, short story writer and journalist, was brought up in Llandre, Cardiganshire, where his father, an Irish tinker, had settled. He was educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and then worked as a journalist and editor for the Western Mail and the Daily Express. He travelled extensively during his forty-year career in this profession, working in China, Japan, Australia and Africa, before returning to Wales in 1965. In addition to his journalistic articles, he produced a considerable amount of fiction, much of which was published and broadcast; this included a number of autobiographical novels, short stories, stories from Africa, China and Australia, children's novels, plays, and novels dealing with apartheid and wildlife in South Africa. Responsibility for his dealings with publishers was taken on by his family after his death in 1980.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1917-1980, of Tom Macdonald, including manuscript drafts of his published and unpublished novels and short stories; non-fictional writing and research notes relating to his work as a journalist; correspondence; poetry; plays; a collection of newspaper cuttings; minutes of committee meetings, 1917-1921; educational certificates, 1918-1919.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: novels (autobiographical; Wales; South Africa; children's; other); short stories (Wales; Africa; Australia; China and Hong Kong; children's; general); plays; non-fiction (Wales; Africa; China and Japan; general); research notes and notebooks; correspondence; miscellaneous documents; newspaper cuttings; works by other authors.

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 regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs Gillian M. Jones, Heaton, Bradford, and Mr Robin Macdonald, Cowley, Oxford, the children of Tom Macdonald, in 1989; a further group of papers was donated by Mrs Eileen Macdonald, Shrewsbury (his widow), in May 1989.


Publication note: Macdonald, Tom, The White Lanes of Summer: a memoir (London, 1975); trans. Haydn Morgan, Y Tincer Tlawd (Aberystwyth, 1971); trans. W. J. Gruffydd, 'Elerydd', Gwanwyn Serch (Aberystwyth, 1982); Gareth the Ploughman (London, 1939); Croesi'r Bryniau (Welsh adaptation by Nansi Griffiths of Gareth the Ploughman) (Aberystwyth, 1980)


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Tom Macdonald Papers

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Africa | Description and travel
Authors, English language | Wales
Authors, Welsh | Archives
China | Description and travel
Journalists | England and Wales
Macdonald, Tom, | 1900- | Archives

Personal names
Macdonald , Tom , 1900-

Corporate names

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Australia ()
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