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Palmer, A. N., manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSANPALM

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: A. N. Palmer Manuscripts

Short Title: Palmer, A. N., manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1880s]-1914

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 6 volumes

Name of creator(s): Alfred Neobard Palmer

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Historian Alfred Neobard Palmer (1847-1915) was born in Thetford, Norfolk, and began his career as a pharmacist. Having moved to Wrexham in 1880, Palmer soon embarked on his enthusiastic involvement in the local history of the area, an involvement which would remain with him for the rest of his life. He addressed local historical societies, contributed to historical and antiquarian publications such as the Archaeologia Cambrensis, and published essays and articles on local history which include The History of Ancient Tenures of Land in the Marches of North Wales (1885) and The History of the Town of Wrexham (1893). Despite being dogged by ill health, Palmer succeeded in exploring nearly all the aspects of antiquarian interest in the counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire and had even begun to investigate the antiquities of Merionethshire. He remained in Wrexham for the remainder of his life and died there in 1915.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, [1880s]-1914, of Alfred Neobard Palmer, including journals, 1883-1914 (with gaps), notebooks, [1880s]-[c. 1909], and miscellaneous notes. The material is mainly concerned with personal and antiquarian material, with especial reference to Denbighshire and Flintshire.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 22157-22161.

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: The descriptions are also available, together with a detailed list of contents, in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999).

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Accruals: No accruals expected.

Archival history: These volumes were originally part of a series numbered I-XXXVII by Palmer, the other volumes in the series, together with Palmer's unnumbered index volume having been presented to Wrexham Library after Palmer's death.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from David Harborne, Cardiff, 1985.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Existence and location of copies: The whole series, including the index volume, is available on fiche in Denbighshire Record Office and in NLW (NLW Fiche 11).

Related material: Further papers of, or relating to, A. N. Palmer, are NLW MSS 18081-18090.

Publication note: See Christopher J. Williams, 'A. N. Palmer, historian of Wrexham', Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions, 46 (1997), 109-136.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title based on contents.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2005 and July 2009.


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