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National Library of Wales
Prothero, Cliff, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CLIERO

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cliff Prothero Papers

Short Title: Prothero, Cliff, papers

Creation date(s): 1917-1989

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 9 files

Name of creator(s): Cliff Prothero


Administrative/Biographical history: Cliff Prothero (1898-1990), Labour Party organizer, was born in Ynysbwl, Glamorgan, and left school at the age of thirteen to work in a coal mine. He became involved in Trade Union activities during the miners' strikes of 1921 and 1926, and also with the Labour Party and in 1942 became the Regional Organiser for the Eastern Counties of Wales. In 1943, he became Organiser for Wales and Secretary of the Welsh Regional Council of the Labour Party. In 1948 he was largely responsible for setting up the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire, and uniting the Labour Parties of North and South Wales. He was a founder member of the Welsh Tourist Board, and served on the Welsh Joint Education Committee, the Broadcasting Council for Wales, and the Social Service Council for Wales. He married Violet Elizabeth Thomas of Pontarddulais, Glamorgan, in 1937. He was awarded an O.B.E. in 1965 for Political and Public Services. He published an autobiography, Recount in 1982.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Cliff Prothero, including correspondence and papers relating to the Labour Party and Wales, and to the devolution debate, 1947-1989; certificates of qualifications, 1917-1968; photograph album, 1926-1964; scrapbook of press cuttings, 1934-1989; miscellaneous publications relating to the Labour Party, 1941-1964; and typescripts, correspondence and papers relating to Cliff Prothero's autobiography, Recount, 1981-1982. There are no papers relating to his public activities.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

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 in Minor Lists and Summaries 1992, p. 103, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mrs Vi Prothero, wife of Cliff Prothero, Penarth, South Glamorgan per Dr Andrew Bold, Research Officer, Labour Party Wales, 1991.


Related material: Additional draft of Cliff Prothero's autobiography at NLW (Annual Report 1996).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1992; Prothero, Cliff, Recount (Omskirk, 1982).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Decentralization in government | Great Britain | Wales
Labor union members | Wales
Labour Party Wales
Political parties | Wales
Prothero, Cliff, | 1898- | Archives

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