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Cardiganshire Liberal Association records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CARLIB

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cardiganshire Liberal Association Records

Short Title: Cardiganshire Liberal Association records

Creation date(s): 1900-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.351 cubic metres (38 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cardiganshire Liberal Association


Administrative/Biographical history: Cardiganshire returned a Liberal Member of Parliament, from 1880 until 1966, and again from 1974 until 1992. The Liberal Party split in the early 1920s into the Coalition Liberals and the Independent Liberals, and after the by-election of 1921 they had separate associations in Cardiganshire. From 1923 until 1932 the county was represented by Rhys Hopkin Morris, an Independent Liberal MP. Roderic Bowen represented the county as its Liberal member of Parliament from 1945 until 1966, and it was represented by Geraint Howells, Liberal MP, from 1974 to 1992. The records demonstrate the problems of political organisation in a mainly rural constituency.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Cardiganshire Liberal Association, 1921-1974, including minute books, 1923-1951; correspondence, financial and other papers, 1914-1974; electoral registers, 1951-1964; press cuttings of political interest, 1900-1963.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into: minute books; organiser's desk diaries and office books; correspondence and papers; registers of electors; and miscellanea.

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.

Detailed catalogue

Language codes: eng


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Some of the records of the Cardiganshire Liberal Association were originally kept at the Liberal Association Office in Aberystwyth; others were assembled by Harry Rees of Argoed, Lampeter, secretary and registration agent.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Ceredigion and North Pembroke Liberal Association per the Secretary, between 1986 and 1995.


Related material: Further papers are NLW MS 22016 and NLW, Cecilia Barton Papers, and Roderic Bowen Papers.


Note: Title supplied from content of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch and Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Cardiganshire Liberal Association Records; Liberal Democrat History Group website (, viewed 28 January 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2003

Cardiganshire Liberal Association | Archives
Election districts | Wales | Ceredigion
Elections | Wales | Ceredigion
Political parties | Wales | Ceredigion

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Cardiganshire Liberal Association
Liberal Party (Great Britain)

Cardiganshire (Wales)
Ceredigion (Wales)

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