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National Library of Wales
CND Cymru Local Records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CNDCYMRU

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: CND Cymru Local Records

Short Title: CND Cymru Local Records

Creation date(s): 1957-1992

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.31 cubic metres (30 boxes, five computer floppy disks)

Name of creator(s): CND Cymru; Welsh National Council of CND


Administrative/Biographical history: The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is a British movement, founded in 1958, seeks the eradication of all nuclear weapons. CND was founded in reaction to the British government's decision in 1957 to become the third country to test a thermonuclear weapon. There were protest marches at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston, Hampshire, from 1958 into the early 1960s. CND became a membership organization in 1966 and continued throughout the 1970s as a smaller, but nevertheless active, movement. The arrival of Cruise Missiles and Trident in Britain led to a revival of the campaign in the 1980s, and CND subsequently became the largest group of its kind in Britain. The focus of CND activities broadened since the 1950s, and they now encompass a wide range of issues relating to nuclear weapons, such as peace, military activity, and nuclear power in general. A branch of CND was established in Cardiff in 1958, and small local anti-nuclear groups appeared in other parts of Wales, such as the Aberystwyth Committee on Nuclear Weapons. These independent groups later became affiliated to the Welsh National Council of CND. The National Council remained a distinctively Welsh organization, and this Welshness still characterizes the activities of its successor, CND Cymru, set up in 1981.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of CND Cymru, 1957-1992, comprising: national and local branch minutes, strategy documents and other administrative papers, correspondence, speeches, programmes for summer schools, details of protests and conferences, publicity material, press statements, pamphlets and articles, papers relating to the National Council, reports, newspaper cuttings, information packs, and ephemera, relating to local, national and international campaigns.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following, according to the chronological order in which the donations were received: Professor Mansel Davies donation; Mary Jones donation; Veronica Wood donation; Vera Jones donation; Bob Cole donation; Fiona Hayes donation; and James Stewart donation.

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.

Physical characteristics: Some of the archive is held on Amstrad floppy disks.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in several groups by Professor Mansel Davies, Aberystwyth, 1967, by Mary Jones and Veronica Wood, Swansea, Vera Jones and Bob Cole, Blaenau Ffestiniog, in 1993; and by Fiona Hayes, Swansea, and James Stewart, Cardiff, in 1994.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of CND Cymru Archives; CND website viewed January 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2003

Anti-nuclear movement | Wales
CND Cymru (Organization) | Records and correspondence
Nuclear disarmament | Wales
Nuclear weapons | Wales
Passive resistance | Wales

Personal names

Corporate names
Aberystwyth Committee on Nuclear Weapons
CND Cymru (Organization)
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament | Welsh National Council


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