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Dylan Thomas Trust, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSDYLTRYST

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Dylan Thomas Trust Manuscripts

Short Title: Dylan Thomas Trust, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1944x1947]-1975

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 6 volumes

Name of creator(s): Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas; Dylan Thomas; Caitlin Thomas


Administrative/Biographical history: Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) died in St Vincent's Hospital, New York, on 9 November 1953, whilst on a reading tour of America. His body was transported back to Wales by ship, accompanied by his widow Caitlin (1913-1994), and was buried in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, on 25 November. The Dylan Thomas Trust (or the Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas) was subsequently created in order to administer the income from Thomas' estate for the benefit of the beneficiaries, namely Caitlin and the three children Llewelyn (1939-2000), Aeronwy (1942-2009) and Colm (b. 1949). The original trustees were Thomas' friend Dr Daniel Jones (1912-1993), his literary agent David Higham (1895-1978) of Pearn, Pollinger & Higham (and later David Higham Associates) and his solicitor Stuart Thomas (1914-1995) of D.O. Thomas & Co., Swansea. Daniel Jones resigned as a Trustee in January 1955 and was replaced by Wynford Vaughan-Thomas (1908-1987).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating to Dylan Thomas and to the Dylan Thomas Trust, [1944x1947]-1975, comprising miscellaneous personal items of Dylan Thomas, 1948-1953, letters addressed to him, 1952-1953, contracts, 1951-1953, and his manuscript map of Llareggub, [1944x1951]; passports of Dylan, Caitlin and Colm Thomas, 1947-[1961]; a fragment of a memoir by Caitlin Thomas, [?1957]; and letters relating to the Trust, mainly addressed to Stuart Thomas, 1953-1975.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23949-23954.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of Dylan Thomas copyright can be found at (viewed October 2010).

Finding aids:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All papers purchased by NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: The personal papers of Dylan Thomas comprise items apparently retrieved from his home in Laugharne following his death, and items (such as his cheque book, travel wallet and passport) taken from his room at the Hotel Chelsea, New York, by the New York Police Department and returned to Britain in January 1954 by the British Consulate. These and the remaining papers were discovered by members of the Dylan Thomas Trust in 2002 in a filing cabinet formerly belonging to Stuart Thomas (see the Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2002). They were subsequently sold to Maggs Bros Ltd.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Maggs Bros Ltd, London, October 2004.


Related material: For the main group of Trust papers see NLW, Dylan Thomas Trust Papers; other items relating to his death are NLW Facs 829 and 991.


Note: Title based on contents

Archivist's note: Description revised by Rhys Morgan Jones. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Paul Ferris, Dylan Thomas: The biography (Talybont, 2006); Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters: New edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000); Andrew Lycett, Dylan Thomas: A new life (London, 2003); Paul Ferris, Caitlin: The life of Caitlin Thomas (London, 1995); NLW, Dylan Thomas Trust Papers; Paul Ferris, 'Thomas, Dylan Marlais (1914-1953)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004 [accessed 26 October 2010].

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2010

Thomas, Dylan, | 1914-1953 | Archives
Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas | Archives

Personal names
Thomas , Caitlin
Thomas , Dylan , 1914-1953
Thomas , Stuart , 1914-1995

Corporate names
Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas

Laugharne (Wales)
New York ()
Swansea (Wales)

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