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Davies, Ray, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RAYDAV

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Ray Davies Papers

Short Title: Davies, Ray, papers

Creation date(s): 1960-2003

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.114 cubic metres (11 lever-arch files in 4 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Ray Davies (b. 1930)


Administrative/Biographical history: Ray Davies was born at Cardiff Royal Infirmary in 1930 and spent his childhood at Llanbradach near Caerphilly in South Wales. He was educated at Coed-y-brain school which he left at Christmas 1943 and started work at Llanbradach Colliery two weeks before his fourteenth birthday. At the age of seventeen he became a fully fledged collier and later found employment as a trainee welder with Welsh Metals Ltd, Caerphilly. He joined the South Wales Miners Federation in December 1943. At the end of the 1940s he did his national service for two years in the Army. In 1954 he secured employment with Woodall and Duckham, a civil engineering firm, and he soon became a shop steward with the TGWU, soon developing a keen interest in health and safety issues. He later moved to the Llanwern steel works when it was first opened and became a ganger/supervisor at the works. In 1965 he became a shift brick stockist. He was actively involved in the 1980 steel strike. After a brief flirtation with the Communist Party, Ray Davies joined the Labour Party in 1958 and was chosen vice-chair of the Trethomas Labour Party in 1961. He was elected to the Bedwas and Machen UDC, a major turning point in his life, and later the Monmouthshire County Council. In 1974 he became a member of the new Mid Glamorgan County Council and in 1995 a member of the new Caerphilly County Borough Council. Ray Davies has been especially prominent in an array of important political campaigns over the years. They include peace issues, the use of caning in schools, the 1984-1985 miners' strike, gay rights, and the agitation against the community charge (poll tax), during which he was imprisoned for short periods on three separate occasions because of his continued refusal to pay. He also stood as the Labour candidate for the Cardiff Central constituency in the general election of June 1983, and has been one of the most stalwart supporters of Ron Davies, the former MP and AM for Caerphilly.


Scope and content/abstract: The papers, 1960-2003, reflect Councillor Ray Davies's life and the political campaigns and activities in which he was involved. Many are cuttings from local and national newspapers and other printed items. Some of the material reflects his campaigns in various elections, others the movements which he supported and in which he participated. A large number relate to the campaign against the community charge in the 1980s and 1990s. A few stem from his personal and family life.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The papers arrived at the Library arranged in eleven numbered arch-lever files which have been retained as separate units while listing. The original numbering of the files by Councillor Davies has been retained while cataloguing.

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 laws 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 have been retained

Accruals: Additions are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by County Councillor Raymond Davies, Caerphilly, March 2004.


Related material: An additional group of Ray Davies's papers is in the custody of the Glamorgan Record Office.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project, September 2006. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Information in the Ray Davies Papers.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2006

Caerphilly (Wales) | Politics and government | 20th century
Caerphilly (Wales) | Politics and government | 21st century
Davies, Ray, | 1930- | Archives
Political campaigns | Wales
Political campaigns | Wales | Caerphilly
Pressure groups | Wales
Wales | Politics and government | 20th century
Wales | Politics and government | 21st century

Personal names
Davies , Ray , 1930-

Corporate names
Labour Party (Great Britain)
Labour Party Wales


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