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National Library of Wales
Clifford Evans Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CLIFFNS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Clifford Evans Papers

Short Title: Clifford Evans Papers

Creation date(s): 1926-1985

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.056 cubic metres (4 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Clifford Evans


Administrative/Biographical history: Clifford Evans (1912-1985) was an actor, writer and director, born at Sengehenydd, Glamorgan, in 1912. His acting career spanned the 1930s and the 1970s; in addition to stage plays, he appeared in UK and US films, including The Proud Valley (1940), Love on the Dole (1941),The Foreman went to France (1942), Companions in Crime (1954), and The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), and in TV series and plays, including, as Inspector Stryker, Stryker of the Yard (1957). He was also a writer and producer. He directed the City of Cardiff's contribution to the Festival of Britain, in 1951. He died at Aberaeron, Cardiganshire, in 1985. He helped to establish the St David's Theatre Trust in 1959 with the help of Lord Aberdare, Sir Cennydd Traherne and Saunders Lewis; it was registered as a charity in 1962. Its aims were to establish a National Theatre for Wales in Cardiff and to promote new drama in Wales; it was dissolved in 2001. Clifford Evans was active in campaigning on behalf of the proposed National Theatre.


Scope and content/abstract: Personal papers, 1926-1971, including scrapbooks, 1926-1951; programmes and posters of productions in which he acted or directed, 1936-1971; papers relating to St David's Theatre Trust; and a letter from Dylan Thomas, 1948.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following groups: personal papers; papers relating to the St David's Theatre Trust and proposed National Theatre; and papers relating to the campaign for a Welsh National Theatre.

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 1988 at the National Library of Wales. The catalogues 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 not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Parts donated by his sister, Mrs Pearl Donald, Welshpool, in April 1988; and by his sister and brother-in-law, Professor and Mrs Kenneth W Donald, in October 1989.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley and Martin Locock for the ANW Project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1988; Charity Commission website, viewed 16 May 2005; Internet Movie Database website (, viewed 16 May 2005.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2005

Actors | Wales | Archives
Evans, Clifford, | 1912-1985 | Archives
St David’s Theatre Trust | Records and correspondence
Theatre programmes | Wales | 20th century
Theatre | Wales

Personal names
Evans , Clifford , 1912-1985

Corporate names
St David’s Theatre Trust

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