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Garlick, Raymond, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSGARLICK

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Raymond Garlick Manuscripts

Short Title: Garlick, Raymond, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1947-2008

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 31 volumes

Name of creator(s): Raymond Garlick; Jacques Wirz


Administrative/Biographical history: Raymond Garlick (1926-2011), Anglo-Welsh poet and critic, was born on 21 September 1926 in Harlesden, London, but was sent to live with relatives in Llandudno as a schoolboy. He learnt Welsh whilst studying English at the University of North Wales, Bangor. Garlick married Elin Hughes in 1948 (they divorced in 1977); the couple later adopted two children, Iestyn in 1952 and Angharad in 1958. In April 1949 he went to teach English at Pembroke Dock County School under Roland Mathias. There he was a co-founder of the literature periodical Dock Leaves (from 1958 the Anglo-Welsh Review), and its first editor, 1949-1960. In 1954 he moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where his neighbour was John Cowper Powys. In 1961 Garlick joined the International School at Eerde in the Netherlands. The family returned to Wales in 1967 when Garlick took up a position at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He eventually became Principal Lecturer in charge of the Welsh Studies course. He retired in 1987 but continued to live in Carmarthen. He died in Cardiff on 19 March 2011, aged 84.
Garlick published several volumes of poetry including Poems from the Mountain-House (London, 1950), The Welsh-Speaking Sea (Tenby, 1954), Requiem for a Poet (Tenby, 1954), Blaenau Observed (Tenby, 1957), A Sense of Europe (Llandysul, 1968), A Sense of Time: Poems and antipoems 1969-1972 (Llandysul, 1972), Incense (Llandysul, 1976), Collected Poems 1946-86 (Llandysul, 1987), and Travel Notes (Llandysul, 1992). Garlick's contribution as a champion of Anglo-Welsh literature includes the critical treatise An Introduction to Anglo-Welsh Literature (Cardiff, 1970), and the anthology Anglo-Welsh Poetry 1480-1980, ed. by Raymond Garlick and Roland Mathias (Bridgend, 1984).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Raymond Garlick, 1947-2008, comprising poetry, 1951-1999; correspondence with Jacques Wirz, 1947-2008; letters, 1950-2003, from Elwyn Davies, Jonah Jones and others; and diaries and travel journals, 1987-1998, 2000-2001.


Language/scripts of material: English, some Welsh.

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into two groups: manuscripts; correspondence with Jacques Wirz.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of Raymond Garlick copyright can be found at (viewed July 2010).

Finding aids: The contents of NLW MSS 23141D, 23176-7D and 23411D are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).


Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Raymond Garlick, January 1957 (NLW MS 16903C), July 1972 (NLW MS 20896A), September 1993 (NLW MS 23176-7D), May 2005 (NLW MS 23936E), September 2005 (NLW MS 23934D), July 2007 (NLW MS 23964D) and January 2009 (NLW MS 23989D); purchased from Raymond Garlick, May 1971 (NLW MS 20728C), March 1999 (NLW MSS 23766-79) and August 2003 (NLW MSS 23908-10); donated by Dr Jacques Wirz, Therwil, Switzerland, July 1993 (NLW MS 23141D); donated jointly by Raymond Garlick and Jacques Wirz, July 1995 and 1997 (NLW MS 23411D), August 1999 (NLW MS 23784D), July 2001 (NLW MS 23845D) and 2003 (NLW MS 23906D).


Related material: For other manuscripts of Raymond Garlick at NLW see NLW MSS 19412E, 20779-81, 20791E, 23699E, ff. 44-51, and NLW, Raymond Garlick Papers (currently uncatalogued).


Note: Title based on contents.

Archivist's note: Description revised by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and by Rhys Morgan Jones. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003); Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986); Don Dale-Jones, Raymond Garlick (Cardiff, 1996); Meic Stephens, 'Raymond Garlick: English writer who made Wales and its history his principal subject', Independent, 17 June 2011.

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2009, October 2010 and May 2012

Garlick, Raymond | Archives
Garlick, Raymond | Correspondence
Garlick, Raymond | Diaries
Garlick, Raymond | Family
Trinity College (Carmarthen, Wales)
Wirz, Jacques, | 1926- | Correspondence

Personal names
Davies , Elwyn , 1912-1994
Garlick , Raymond
Jones , Jonah
Wirz , Jacques , 1926-

Corporate names

Carmarthen (Wales)

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