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Welsh Library Association papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WELION

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Welsh Library Association Papers

Short Title: Welsh Library Association papers

Creation date(s): 1931-1999

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.762 cubic metres (28 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Welsh Library Association


Administrative/Biographical history: The Library Association of Great Britain was set up in 1877. The idea of establishing a Conference on Libraries in Wales and Monmouthshire was suggested at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association, held in Cardiff in 1922. In 1925, the first conference was held in Aberystwyth. After the fifth Conference, held in June 1930, Harry Farr, Librarian of Cardiff Public Library, proposed to form a Branch of the Library Association for Wales and Monmouthshire; it came into being in 1931. In 1972, the branch was re-named the Welsh Library Association. It aims to develop librarianship in Wales, alongside other institutions such as the College of Librarianship Wales, the Welsh Books Council and the Library Advisory Council for Wales, through activities including weekend and annual conferences, meetings, and publications, by supporting the professional development of library staff through travel bursaries, and by acting as a professional body commenting on library provision. It has also promoted the use of Welsh by the Library Association. The Welsh Library Association oversees the Kathleen Cooks Bequest, set up to commemorate Miss Kathleen Cooks, FLA, Librarian of Llandudno, 1947-1973; the Bequest is used to finance projects to benefit the library profession in Wales. CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, was formed in 2002, following the unification of the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) and The Library Association, and in 2003 the Welsh Library Association became CILIP Cymru/Wales.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Welsh Library Association, formerly the Wales and Monmouthshire Branch of the Library Association, 1931-1987, comprising papers relating to annual conferences and general meetings, 1951-1980; papers realting to the Welsh Arts Council and Welsh Books Council, 1968-1973, and the College of Librarianship, Wales, 1969-1978; papers relating to bibliographical work undertaken in Wales, 1967-1974; financial records of the Association, 1966-1999; and papers relating to the Kathleen Cooks Bequest, 1987-1993.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into boxes by deposit and subject.

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: Hard copies of the catalogues are available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1982, p. 64; 1983, p. 54; 1989, p. 96; 2000, p. 76, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogues can be accessed online. The 1971 deposit remains uncatalogued.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Welsh Library Association between 1969 and 1999.



Note: Title compiled from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1982; 1983; 1989; 2000; South Wales Association of Assistant Librarians- Chairman's Message (Personal correspondence with Huw Evans, Executive Officer of the Welsh Library Association); Welsh Library Association website (, and Library Association website (, viewed 23 September 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003; amended August 2005 and September 2006

Librarians | Wales | Societies, etc.
Library Association. | Wales and Monmouthshire Branch | Archives
Library Association. | Welsh Library Association | Archives
Library administration | Study and teaching | Wales
Library science | Wales

Personal names

Corporate names
College of Librarianship Wales
Library Association | Wales and Monmouthshire Branch
Welsh Books Council
Welsh Library Association

Wales ()

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