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National Library of Wales
Mainwaring, W. H., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MAIING

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. H. Mainwaring Papers

Short Title: Mainwaring, W. H., papers

Creation date(s): 1910-1970

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.018 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): W. H. Mainwaring


Administrative/Biographical history: William Henry Mainwaring (1884-1971), a former miner, represented the constituency of Rhondda East as a Labour MP between 1933 and 1959. As secretary of the South Wales 'Unofficial Reform Committee', he co-wrote the constitution which appeared in The Miner's next step in 1912. After leaving the mines, he lectured in Economics at the Central Labour College in London, where he became Vice-Principal in 1919. He then acted as a miners' agent for the Rhondda district between 1924 and 1933, when he was elected to Parliament.


Scope and content/abstract: Political and professional papers of W. H. Mainwaring, 1910-1970, including papers relating to the Cambrian Combine Collieries dispute, 1910-1911; the manuscript of the publication, The Miners' Next Step, 1912; papers relating to the South Wales Miners' Idustrial Union, 1928-1932; correspondence, 1905-1970, and pamphlets of economic and Socialist interest, [late 19th cent.] - [early 20th cent.].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: the Cambrian Combine Collieries dispute; The Miners' next step; Mardy Lodge Expulsion; South Wales Miners' Industrial Union; Miners' Minoriy Movement and Communist party; miscellaneous political material and correspondence.

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. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by his daughter, J. E. Tudge, Oxford, in 1975.


Related material: Further papers are NLW, Ivor T. Rees Papers, and at Nuffield College, Oxford. A group of four photographs has been transferred to NLW Special Collections.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, W. H. Mainwaring Papers.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Labour disputes | Wales, South
Labour movement | Wales, South
Mainwaring, W. H. | (William Henry), | 1884-1971 | Archives
Socialism | Great Britain
South Wales Miners' Industrial Union | Records and correspondence
Trades unions | Wales

Personal names
Mainwaring , W. H. (William Henry) , 1884-1971

Corporate names
South Wales Miners' Industrial Union


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