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National Library of Wales
Welsh Arts Council, archives

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WELARTS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Welsh Arts Council Archives

Short Title: Welsh Arts Council, archives

Creation date(s): [c. 1960]-1994

Level of description: Fonds


Name of creator(s): Welsh Arts Council/Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru


Administrative/Biographical history: The Welsh Arts Council (WAC) was established by Royal Charter in 1946. In 1994, the Council merged with the three Welsh regional arts associations to create the Arts Council of Wales (ACW). At the same time the Arts Council of Great Britain separated its responsibilities for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. It was set up by Royal Charter, with four main objectives, to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and practice of the arts; to increase the accessibility of the arts to the public; to advise and co-operate with other public bodies; and to work through the medium of Welsh and English. Since 1999 the Arts Council of Wales has been an Assembly Sponsored Public Body (ASPB) and receives its money to fund the arts in Wales from the Welsh Assembly. ACW is therefore responsible to the Assembly for the way the money is spent. ACW underwent further restructuring in 1997 when five new divisions were created: Access Development Division, Artform Development Division, Lottery Division, Planning and Public Affairs Division and Finance and Resources Division; and again in [2002] when recommendations made in an action plan were implemented and a new structure was imposed.


Scope and content/abstract: Archives of various departments within the Welsh Arts Council, comprising the Drama Department: National Theatre for Wales: correspondence, 1963-1972; general papers, 1964-1971; papers relating to Housing the Arts, 1929-1978; miscellaneous papers, 1972-1977. Literature Department, 1968-1971. Music Department, 1963-1976. The 1987 deposit comprises a series of subject files, 1973-1985. The 1990-1993 deposits comprise files from the Literature Department, 1967-1989; Art Department exhibition files, 1946-1986; Craft files (including exhibitions, National Eisteddfod, Royal Welsh Show), 1964-1987; Finance and General Administration Department, 1970-1985; Drama Department, including Housing the Arts, 1966-1986; National Theatre for Wales, 1966-1971; theatrical companies, theatres, arts centres and associations, 1967-1987; miscellaneous files, 1972-1993; finance files, 1972-1988. Dance Department, 1972-1986. Director's files, 1981-1992. The deposits received in 1996 and 1997 comprise: Literature Department files, 1989-1991; Drama Department files, 1970-1994; Finance and Administration Department files, 1979-1993; Film Department files, c. 1960-1993; Visual Arts Department files, 1974-1986.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: The deposits are arranged and listed chronologically by date of receipt, and then by the various departments of the Welsh Arts Council which were responsible for producing the records, mainly the Drama Department (which includes material relating to the National Theatre for Wales and to Housing the Arts), the Literature Department, Music Department, Craft files, Drama Department, Finance and General Administration Department, Dance Department, Director's files, Film Department, Visual Arts Department.

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 at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Welsh Arts Council in 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991 (2 groups), 1992 (2 groups), 1993 (2 groups), 1996, 1997 and 2000.


Related material: A collection of manuscripts, assembled by the Welsh Arts Council, containing literary works by Anglo Welsh writers, is also held at NLW (NLW MSS 20770-809).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Archifau Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru: Welsh Arts Council Archives; Welsh Arts Council website, consulted 22 August 2006.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2006; revised October 2007

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