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Vaughan-Thomas, Wynford, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WYNMAS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Wynford Vaughan-Thomas Papers

Short Title: Vaughan-Thomas, Wynford, papers

Creation date(s): 1850-1986 (accumulated [1908]-1986)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.286 cubic metres (10 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Wynford Vaughan-Thomas

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, CBE (1908-1987) (full name Lewis John Wynford Vaughan-Thomas), from Swansea, Glamorgan, was a broadcaster and author. His father was the composer David Vaughan Thomas (1873-1934). He was educated in Swansea and at Exeter College Oxford. He joined the BBC in London in 1937, and became a war correspondent, covering the Anzio landings in North Italy, 1943, and campaigns in France and Germany in 1944-1945. In 1944, he reported the discovery of Botticelli's 'Primavera' in Castello Montegufoni, Italy, and after the capture of Hamburg, he collected papers belonging to William Joyce ('Lord Haw Haw') from the radio station there. After the War, he worked as a radio and television broadcaster, acting as BBC correspondent covering Royal tours to South Africa, 1947, and the Commonwealth, 1954, and also reporting on Indian independence, 1947, the Middle East, 1956, Europe and Africa, 1956-1964, and as a radio commentator on state occasions, 1950-1956. In 1958, he was one of the founders of the TWW commercial television company; he later worked as Director of Programmes at HTV, TWW's successor. He was a keen traveller, bon viveur, journalist and author, writing on his war experiences and the history and landscape of Wales, and also writing radio and TV scripts. His published works include Anzio (1962), Madly in all directions (1967), (with Alun Llewellyn) Shell Guide to Wales (1969), Portrait of Gower (1975), and an autobiography, Trust to talk (1980). He was also a literary executor of the estate of Dylan Thomas, President of the Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales, and a governor of the British Film Institute, and a member of the Saintsbury Club. In 1946, he married Charlotte, née Rowlands; they lived in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. He was awarded the OBE in 1974 and the CBE in 1986; he died in 1987.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Wynford Vaughan Thomas, 1850-1986, including war despatches, 1943-1945; papers realting to India independence, 1947; scripts of radio programmes on the Middle East, 1956; papers relating to state occasions, 1950-1956; notes for a proposed book on the river Niger, 1961-1963; manuscript and typescript copies of stories, articles, lectures, etc., 1947-1964; scripts of radio and TV programmes and proposed programmes, 1946-[1980s]; notes for proposed works on autobiography, 'Journeys', the River Niger, and Welsh history, [1950s]-1984; manuscripts, notes and typescripts for the published works Anzio, Madly in all directions, Shell Guide to Wales, Portrait of Gower, and Trust to talk, 1958-1980; travel journals, 1947-1964, recording visits to India, West Indies, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Hong Kong and Singapore; notebooks contining notes, drawings and miscellenea, [1947]-[1960s]; financial papers, 1945-1973; correspondence, 1936-1986; papers relating to wine, 1980-1984; papers relating to Dylan Thomas and his literary estate, 1955-1974; family papers, 1895-1950; press cuttings relating to his broadcasting career, 1937-1978; papers relating to Botticelli's painting, 'Primavera', 1945-1988; and miscellaneous papers, mainly printed, 1850-1974.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: broadcasting; published and unpublished works; personal papers; family papers; press cuttings; and miscelleneous.

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: The usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the schedule is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Charlotte Vaughan-Thomas, Fishguard, in 1989 and 1990.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Photographs, prints and a recording of a concert of works by David Vaughan Thomas are in NLW, Special Collections and the National Screen and Sound Archive Wales.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1991; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Coronations | Great Britain
India | History | British occupation, 1765-1947
India | Politics and government | 20th century
Middle East | Study and teaching
Radio broadcasting | Archival resources
Radio journalism | Great Britain
Radio scripts
Television broadcasting | Wales
Television scripts
Thomas, Dylan, | 1914-1953 | Friends and associates
Vaughan-Thomas, Wynford, | 1908-1987 | Archives
Visits of state | Africa
Visits of state | West Indies
War correspondents | Wales
World War, 1939-1945 | Journalism, Military

Personal names
Thomas , Dylan , 1914-1953
Vaughan Thomas , David , 1873-1934
Vaughan-Thomas , Wynford , 1908-1987

Corporate names
BBC Active (Firm)
HTV (Group)

Places
Denmark ()
Germany ()
Gower (Wales)
Greece ()
India ()
Italy ()
Scotland ()
South Africa ()
Turkey ()
Wales ()
West Indies ()

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