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National Library of Wales
Davies, D. R., collection of drama scrap books

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DRDIES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: D. R. Davies Collection of Drama Scrap Books

Short Title: Davies, D. R., collection of drama scrap books

Creation date(s): 1900-1982 (accumulated [c.1920]-1982)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.619 cubic metres (4 boxes, 4 drawers, 135 scrapbooks, 50 loose items)

Name of creator(s): D. R. Davies


Administrative/Biographical history: D. R. Davies (1900-1988) of Aberdare, Glamorgan, was a drama enthusiast and newspaper correspondent (sometimes writing for Y Cymro and the Western Mail under the name 'Twm o'r Nant') who collected newspaper cuttings, booklets, magazines and other material related to drama, theatre and other forms of entertainment in Europe and elsewhere, but mainly relating to drama and entertainment in Wales. He was involved in left-wing drama and the Little Theatre movement.


Scope and content/abstract: Scrapbooks containing press cuttings etc., 1900-1982, relating largely to Welsh drama, theatrical activities and popular entertainment in Wales and amongst Welsh communities in English cities, including material on dramatists of Wales, 1932-1953; drama in Wales, 1922-1982; Welsh actors, 1932-1946; theatre cuttings, 1931-1953; fairs, folklore and folk-dancing in Wales, 1936-1938; children's theatre, 1959-1967; Welsh National Theatre, 1900-1978; and information on theatre in Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, America, and other countries.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into individual scrapbooks.

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: Most of the individual scrapbooks contain an index. A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from D. R. Davies, 1974, 1975, 1978. Further material donated by Mrs Rhiannon Williams, daughter of D. R. Davies, 1989.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. Sources: NLW, Schedule of the D. R. Davies collection of scrap books. Davies took his pseudonym from 'Twm o'r Nant', Thomas Edwards (1739-1810).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Dramatists, Welsh language
Fairs | Wales
Folk-dancing, Welsh
Folklore | Wales
Scrapbooks | Wales
Theatre critics | Wales
Theatre for children | Wales
Theatre | Australia
Theatre | Austria
Theatre | Belgium
Theatre | Bulgaria
Theatre | Canada
Theatre | China
Theatre | Czechoslovakia
Theatre | Denmark
Theatre | Finland
Theatre | France
Theatre | Germany
Theatre | Greece
Theatre | Hungary
Theatre | India
Theatre | Iran
Theatre | Ireland
Theatre | Israel
Theatre | Italy
Theatre | Japan
Theatre | Netherlands
Theatre | Norway
Theatre | Poland
Theatre | Romania
Theatre | Russia
Theatre | Scotland
Theatre | Spain
Theatre | Sweden
Theatre | Turkey
Theatre | United States
Theatre | Wales
Welsh drama
Welsh drama | England

Personal names
Davies , D. R. , 1919-1978 , of Aberdare

Corporate names

Wales ()

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