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Crawshay-Williams, Eliot, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 ELICRAAMS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Eliot Crawshay-Williams Papers

Short Title: Crawshay-Williams, Eliot, papers

Creation date(s): 1865-1957

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.514 cubic metres (132 boxes, 1 volume)

Name of creator(s): Leonard Eliot Crawshay-Williams


Administrative/Biographical history: Eliot (Leonard Eliot) Crawshay-Williams (1879-1962) was the son of the barrister and politician A. J. Williams. He was educated at Eton, and Trinity College, Oxford. He joined the Royal Field Artillery and stood as a Liberal candidate for Chorley, Lancashire, in 1906. He had been employed by Winston Churchill at the Colonial Office from 1906 to 1908. He married Alice Crawshay-Williams in 1908, and had two children. From 1910-1913, he was M. P. for Leicester, serving as parliamentary private secretary to Lloyd George. His political career came to an end in 1913, when he was cited in a divorce action brought by his fellow M. P., Hubert Carr-Gomm. In 1915, he divorced Alice and married Kathleen Isabella Carr-Gomm (née Rome), after her divorce. They divorced in 1924, and he then married for the third time, marrying Weeta (daughter of William Cattanach Donaldson), with whom he had two sons, David (b. 1925) and Jonathan (b. 1928). In later life, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction, political texts and to Welsh affairs. Eliot Crawshay-Williams wrote numerous novels, short stories, poetry, plays and film scripts. He was also interested in Canada.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Leonard Eliot Crawshay-Williams, mainly correspondence, 1865-1957, including general literary correspondence, [1907]-1957; literary press cuttings, 1907-1939; notes for speeches, 1904-1945; press cuttings, 1888-1947; financial and administrative papers, 1902-1945; family papers, 1865-1951; insurance policies, 1900-1944; papers relating to Canadian interests, 1902-1954; family correspondence, 1872-1936; and correspondence between Eliot Crawshay-Williams and women friends, [n. d.].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: literary papers; political papers; financial and administrative papers; family papers; personal correspondence; general correspondence; personalia; local and family history; miscellanea; albums and scrapbooks; and history of the Crawshay-Williams and A. J. Williams papers.

Conditions governing access: Correspondence between Eliot Crawshay-Williams and women friends, and papers relating to a case at Leeds City Court, are closed until 2012. 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: Some of the papers were not purchased by the National Library of Wales; photocopies of these are held in the archive. Crawshay-Williams also deposited at NLW a group of papers, mainly deeds relating to the manor of Coity Anglia, Court Coleman, Coed y Mwstwr and other properties, in 1945.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased in 1986.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Eliot Crawshay-Williams Papers.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Crawshay-Williams family | Archives
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Personal names
Crawshay-Williams , Eliot , b. 1879

Corporate names

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