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National Library of Wales
Williams, Raymond, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RAYWILL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Raymond Williams Papers

Short Title: Williams, Raymond, papers

Creation date(s): 1958-1990

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.183 cubic metres (10 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Raymond Williams


Administrative/Biographical history: Raymond Williams (1921-1988) was a social historian, critic and novelist born in Y Pandy, Monmouthshire, and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge where his studies were interrupted by war service. He returned to Cambridge after the war and was later appointed staff tutor with the Oxford University Extra-Mural Delegacy. In 1961 he was elected Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His volumes Culture and Society (1958) and The Long Revolution (1966) brought him considerable recognition as a cultural historian. He engaged in political activity throughout his life, was very close to the 'New Left' position in Britain, having resigned from the Labour Party in 1966. He served as Professor of Drama at Cambridge from 1974 until his retirement in 1983. He published a large number of books and articles and was a frequent contributor to the New Welsh Review. He also published an important trilogy of novels, namely Border County (1960), Second Generation (1964) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Several of his works, some important, were published posthumously.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises: papers relating to Raymond Williams's published works, 1958-1990, including working papers, draft and final typescripts, notebooks and files containing outlines of books, page proofs, and a small quantity of correspondence, some with Mrs Joy Williams; papers relating to Raymond Williams's unpublished works, 1948-[1980s], including parts of novels, various notes and jottings.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: papers relating to Raymond Williams's published works; papers relating to Raymond Williams's unpublished works.

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

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Dr Merryn Williams, Wootton, Bedfordshire, in 1991.


Related material: Further papers, 1931-1988, including correspondence, drafts of works and notebooks, are held at Swansea University Archives.


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, List of the Raymond Williams Papers; Meic Stephens (ed.), The New Companion to the Literature of Wales (Cardiff, 1998).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2006

English literature | Welsh authors
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