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Swansea University
David Francis collection

Reference code(s): GB 0217 SWCC : MNC/PP/8

Held at: Swansea University

Title: David Francis collection

Short Title: David Francis collection

Creation date(s): 1960-1976

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 2 envelopes and 1 file

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: David Francis was born in 1911 in Pantyffordd, near Onllwyn, Dulais Valley. He was the son of a miner. In 1926 he began employment at Onllwyn No. 1 Colliery where his father also worked. He continued to work there until 1959. In 1936 he married Catherine and had two children, Nancy who was born in 1939 and Hywel who was born in 1946.
In 1936 David Francis was elected Financial Secretary of the local lodge and in 1940 was elected Chairman. He continued in this role until 1959. In 1937 he joined the Communist Party. David Francis was a member of the Executive Council of the South Wales Miners Federation (SWMF) 1943-1959 and visited the USSR as part of a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) delegation. In 1959 he was appointed as Chief Administrative Officer of the NUM (South Wales Area) and in 1963 was elected General Secretary of the NUM. In 1974 he was elected First Chairman of the Wales Trades Union Congress (TUC). He retired in 1976. He is often known as `Dai'.


Scope and content/abstract: Correspondence and miscellaneous personal papers 1960-1976, including a personal biography, invitations, reports and miscellaneous correspondence including letters from colleagues and friends during a period spent in hospital.


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Conditions governing access: Accessible to all researchers by appointment. Please note that some collections contain sensitive information and access may be restricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

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Language codes: welsh and english


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Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Coal miners | Trades unions | Officials and employees
Coal mines and mining | Wales, South
Personal archives | Wales | Neath Port Talbot

Personal names
Francis , Dai , 1911-1981

Corporate names
Communist Party of Great Britain
National Union of Mineworkers | South Wales Area
South Wales Miners' Federation.
Trades Union Congress


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