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National Library of Wales
Tripp, John, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JOHNTRIPP

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: John Tripp Papers

Short Title: Tripp, John, papers

Creation date(s): [1950s]-1986

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.189 cubic metres (21 boxes)

Name of creator(s): John Tripp


Administrative/Biographical history: John Tripp (1927-1986) from Bargoed, Glamorgan, journalist and poet, worked at the BBC and as Press Officer at the Indonesian Embassy and information officer at the Central Office of Information in London during the 1960s. After returning to Wales in 1969 he became a freelance journalist and was the literary editor of Planet from 1973 until 1980. He wrote poems and short stories, including The Province of Belief, The Inheritance File and Collected Poems.


Scope and content/abstract: Literary papers of John Tripp, [1950s]-1985, including drafts and notes of published and unpublished poetry, 1968-1985; prose works comprising plays for radio and television, mostly not broadcast, miscellaneous prose drafts and notes, 1969-1985; correspondence mostly with other Anglo-Welsh and Welsh authors, 1967-1986; critical reviews of and by J.T., 1968-1985; and personal and miscellaneous papers, [1950s]-1986, such as press cuttings, papers relating to literary organisations and events, J.T.'s employment, photographs and other personal ephemera, and drafts or published versions of works by other writers given to or collected by him.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: poetry: published collections; poetry: unpublished collections; poetry: uncollected and unpublished; prose works; correspondence; criticism; personal and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: Intervals of Heat, a collection of poems written in 1972 is not available to readers until 2018: exemption s41, Freedom of Information Act 2000. 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 drafts and copies of John Tripp's works were accumulated by the Welsh Arts Council and the Anglo-Welsh Review, prior to acquisition by NLW. (See related units of description).

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Ms Jean Henderson, Pentyrch, Cardiff, in 1988.


Related material: Files included in this purchase, but relating exclusively to John Trippâ€TMs activities as literary editor of Planet from 1973 to 1980 have been incorporated at NLW into the Planet archives; draft poems collected by the Welsh Arts Council and acquired by NLW between 1968 and 1971 are now NLW MS 20790E; drafts of short stories are in NLW, archive of the Anglo-Welsh Review.


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 John Tripp Papers; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); Stevens Meic (ed.), The Arts in Wales (Welsh Arts Council 1979).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Authors | Wales | 20th century | Archives
Authors | Wales | 20th century | Correspondence
Books | Reviews
English poetry | Welsh authors
Radio plays, English | Wales
Television plays, English | Wales
Tripp, John, | 1927- | Archives

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Tripp , John , 1927-

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