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National Library of Wales
Welsh Liberal Party, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WELLIBPAR

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Welsh Liberal Party Papers

Short Title: Welsh Liberal Party, papers

Creation date(s): 1961-1988 (accumulated 1966-1988)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.414 cubic metres (46 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Welsh Liberal Party


Administrative/Biographical history: The Liberal Party was founded in 1859, covering England, Wales and Scotland. The Welsh Liberal Party (WLP) became a separate political party in 1966, although it remained closely linked with the Liberal Party. In 1988, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Party was formed when the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party merged, and the Welsh Liberal Party ceased to exist. The Welsh Liberal Party inherited a structure of county or constituency associations of members; as a national body it had a General Council and Executive Committee, and organised an annual conference.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Welsh Liberal Party, 1966-1988, including Executive Committee and General Council minutes, 1967-1987; Annual General Meeting papers and correspondence, 1982-1987; correspondence and papers relating to local government reform and electoral reform, transport, economic policy and nationalisation, Welsh affairs, devolution, and Welsh Liberal Party structure and finance, 1963-1987; papers relating to annual conferences, 1968-1987; papers relating to parliamentary and other elections, 1969-1989; correspondence and papers relating to individual parliamentary constituencies, 1970-1980; Local Government and Parliamentary Boundary Commission submissions, 1981-1983; Standing Committee and Policy Directorate papers, 1975-1982; press releases, 1980-1988; party publications, 1975-1981; records of county Liberal Associations, 1973-1988; and records of Caernarfon Division Liberal Association, 1961-1975.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into eight groups, by deposit, and within each group by type and date.

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: The papers were donated by the Welsh Liberal Party, per Ms Kate Lloyd, Mrs Lorna Schärer and Mr Gwyn Griffiths, 1988-1992.


Related material: Further records of Liberal Associations are held in NLW, Cardiganshire Liberal Association, Montgomeryshire Liberal Association and Vale of Glamorgan Liberal Association. Records of Welsh Liberal Party Executive relating to the merger with the SDP are in NLW, Welsh Liberal Democrats papers. Further material relating to the Welsh Liberal Party is in NLW, Lord Hooson papers and Stuart Rendel papers.


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, Welsh Liberal Party Records.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Caernarfon Division Liberal Association | Archives
Election districts | Wales | Caernarfon
Elections | Wales
Liberalism | Wales
Welsh Liberal Party | Records and correspondence

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Caernarfon Division Liberal Association
Welsh Liberal Party

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