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National Library of Wales
Planet papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PLANET

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Planet Papers

Short Title: Planet papers

Creation date(s): 1970-1979

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.117 cubic metres (13 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Planet


Administrative/Biographical history: The magazine Planet was launched in 1970 and published six times a year by Ned Thomas and his wife Sara Erskine, initially from their home in Llangeithio, Carmarthenshire. The editorial team included Tudor David, Harri Webb and John Tripp. The politics of the magazine was left-wing and Nationalist, with an interest in European minorities, ecology, sociology, Anglo-Welsh literature, and translations of verse and prose from Welsh and other languages. In 1977 it took the subtitle The Welsh Internationalist. Initial publication ended in 1979, but in 1985 the magazine was relaunched, and it is now a quarterly magazine.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating to the magazine Planet, including printers' copies for numbers 1-36 of Planet, 1970-1977, including typescripts of articles, artwork and proofs; manuscripts, 1971-1977, submitted to John Tripp as literary editor, with related correspondence; correspondence, 1970-1975, to the editors, Ned Thomas and Sarah Erskine; letters, 1972-1979, received by John Tripp in his capacity as literary editor; and records of subscriptions, 1971-1974. The papers include manuscripts and letters from many important Welsh and Anglo-Welsh writers.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: printers' copy; manuscripts received; editor's correspondence files; John Tripp's correspondence files; and miscellanea.

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: Files of contributors' manuscripts and correspondence, kept by John Tripp as literary editor from 1973 to 1980, were purchased as part of the John Tripp papers in March 1988 and have been incorporated with the Planet archive.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by E. M. (Ned) Thomas, 1975, 1977, and converted into a donation in 1991; the John Tripp papers were purchased in 1988.


Related material: Further papers are NLW, Welsh Arts Council papers.


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, Schedule of Planet; The New Companion to the Literature of Wales, (Cardiff 1998).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2004; revised August 2011.

Authors, English | Wales
English literature | Welsh authors
English poetry | Welsh authors
Planet | Archives
Poets, English | Wales

Personal names
Thomas , Ned , 1936-
Tripp , John , 1927-

Corporate names


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