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National Library of Wales
Ty Cenedl, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TYCENEDL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Ty Cenedl Papers

Short Title: Ty Cenedl, papers

Creation date(s): 1913-1995 (accumulated 1983-1995)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.598 cubic metres (36 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cofiwn movement


Administrative/Biographical history: Ty Cenedl was set up in the Barn Community Centre, Aberystwyth, in 1983 by the movement Cofiwn to 'study, research into and promote the history of Wales'. A part of this work was to collect pamphlets, leaflets, posters, photographs, correspondence and various papers relating mainly to nationalistic and radical movements in Wales. A wide range of material dating mainly from the 1950s onwards was collected, and added to this were many periodicals and pamphlets relating to radical movements from all parts of the world. Cofiwn came to an end in 1984 but a group of supporters continued to maintain Ty Cenedl until 1989 when the Barn Centre was closed by the local authority.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating to fringe Nationalist and left wing groups, 1963-1989, including material relating to Welsh Nationalist and Republican Groups, 1963-1989, material relating to Welsh left ing roups, 1969-1979, and papers relating to solidarity groups and campaigns, 1968-1989; published political material such as newspapers and periodicals, 1913-1989, records and papers of Cofiwn, 1970-1990, including material relating to the American Indian Movement Tour of Wales, 1986; papers relating to campaigns and activities of groups such as the the Owain Glyndwr Society, 1975-1990; papers relating to maritime history and heritage, 1973-1995; and miscellaneous papers, mainly relating to organisations in Aberystwyth, 1976-1989.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, Catalan, Spanish, Sechaba (ANC), Cuba, African, Persian, Flemish, Kurdish, Galiego (Galician Spanish), Cornish, Breton.

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: papers relating to fringe nationalist and left wing groups; published political material; Cofiwn records and papers; papers relating to maritime history and heritage; miscellaneous papers; photographs, posters and films.

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: The 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: Sian Ifans and Gethin ap Gruffudd arranged the collection on behalf of Ty Cenedl.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased, 1988; further papers were donated in 1996.


Related material: Posters and photographs, including photographs relating to rallies and protest meetings during the 1970s and 1980s and photographs relating to the Free Wales Army, 1968-1969 can be found in NLW Special Collections. Videos of rallies and protests and a cassette recording of an interview with Mark Banks can be found in the National Screen and Sound Archive.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some items predate the establishment of Ty Cenedl and Cofiwn; and material continued to be accumulated after the closure of the Barn Centre in 1989.

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

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2I and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Left-wing extremists | Wales
Maritime history | Wales
National Commemoration Association | Archives
Nationalism | Wales
Political campaigns | Wales
Radicalism | Wales
Republicanism | Wales
Socialism | Wales
Ty Cenedl (Organization) | Archives

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Corporate names
American Indian Movement
Cymdeithas Owain Glyndwr
National Commemoration Association
Ty Cenedl (Organization)

Aberystwyth (Wales)
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