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National Library of Wales
Watkins, Lord, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WATKINS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Lord Watkins Papers

Short Title: Watkins, Lord, papers

Creation date(s): 1889-1978

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.037 cubic metres (3 boxes and 1 volume)

Name of creator(s): Tudor Elwyn Watkins, Lord Watkins (1903-1983)


Administrative/Biographical history: Tudor Elwyn Watkins was born at Abercrave in 1903. He worked as a miner from 1917 until 1925, served as a Labour Party agent at Brecon and Radnor from 1925 until 1933, and was the general secretary to the Breconshire Association of Friendly Societies from 1937 until 1948. He was the Labour Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnor from 1945 until 1970 and avidly supported the Parliament for Wales Campaign in the early 1950s. He was also a supporter of CND. In 1970 he retired from parliament and entered the House of Lords as Baron Watkins of Glantawe. He died in 1983.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises mainly leaflets, correspondence and papers, 1924-1966, relating to Labour politics in the Brecon and Radnor constituency. There are also papers concerning the Labour Party in Wales, 1928-1952; the Parliament for Wales campaign, 1950-1956; Tudor Watkins's visits to Russia in 1961 and to Patagonia in 1965; papers concerning Tudor Watkins's elevation to the House of Lords in 1972; and material deriving from the Brecon and Radnor by-election in 1939.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into fifteen folders by 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: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1986, pp. 81-82, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The papers were donated by Tudor Watkins's widow Lady Watkins, Bronafon, Penyfan Road, Brecon, in August 1985.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Tudor Watkins had evidently acquired newspapers and press cuttings relating to the 1889 national eisdteddfod.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1986, pp. 81-82; Ivor Rees, Welsh Hustings, 1885-2004 (Llandybie, 2005).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2006

Breconshire (Wales) | Politics and government
Labour Party (Great Britain) | Brecon and Radnor Division | Records and correspondence
Parliament for Wales Campaign | Records and correspondence
Radnorshire (Wales) | Politics and government
Watkins, Tudor, | 1903-1983 | Archives

Personal names
Watkins , Tudor , 1903-1983

Corporate names
Labour Party (Great Britain) | Brecon and Radnor Division
Labour Party Wales
Parliament for Wales Campaign


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