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National Library of Wales
Celtic Congress Archive

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CELESS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Celtic Congress Archive

Short Title: Celtic Congress Archive

Creation date(s): 1947-1998

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.132 cubic metres (6 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Celtic Congress


Administrative/Biographical history: The idea of holding a Celtic Congress was first raised at the 1900 National Eisteddfod in Liverpool, and a Celtic or Pan-Celtic Association organised meetings in Dublin and Wales. In 1917, the Association was re-established during the National Eisteddfod at Birkenhead, and renamed The Celtic Congress by E. T. John, M. P. (1857-1931). The society seeks to promote the knowledge, use, and appreciation of the languages and cultures of the six Celtic countries (Wales, Ireland, Brittany, Isle of Man, Scotland). There was no central organisation; the annual Congress was held in different countries, with a specific theme. The Celtic Congress comprises an International Council and the six National Councils. The meetings are now known as the International Celtic Congress.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of former secretaries of the International Celtic Congress, 1947-1960; including minutes and motions of the Annual General Meeting of the International Celtic Congress, Bangor, 1996 and Dublin, 1997; correspondence, 1949-1975; programmes and reports from conferences (Ireland, 1947, 1954, Cornwall, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1975, Man, 1952, 1958, Scotland, 1953, 1959, Brittany, 1955, Wales, 1960); newspaper cuttings and miscellaneous printed material, 1953-5; and publications of national branches, including Diullagyn (Man), 1954, and Ar Bed Keltiek (Brittany), 1952-1957.


Language/scripts of material: English, Gaelic, Breton, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Manx.

System of arrangement:

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 in Minor Lists and Summaries 1984, p. 6, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Parts deposited or donated by Hywel D. Roberts, 1978-1981; part donated by Richard G. Jenkin, Hayle, Cornwall, 1983; and Ms Gwynedd D. H. Haack, Secretary of the Welsh branch, The Celtic Congress, Trelawnyd, Y Rhyl, 1997



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project.The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW Minor Lists and Summaries 1984; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); International Celtic Congress website (, viewed 5 November 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

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