Fonds GB 0210 CAMBNEWS - Cambrian News Salvage Collection,

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Cambrian News Salvage Collection,


  • 1818-1941 (predominantly late 19th century) (accumulated 1939-1941) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.086 cubic metres (2 boxes, 5 volumes)

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Administrative history

In 1940, with an invasion of Britain by Nazi Germany seemingly imminent, Lord Beaverbrook, the British Minister for Aircraft Production, instigated a campaign to salvage waste to help the war effort. Local salvage operations were set up all over the country, and the campaign in Cardiganshire was led by the Cambrian News, a newspaper based in Aberystwyth. The documents in this collection were accumulated by the Cambrian News campaigns, and were among those papers destined for recycling, but they were retained as they were felt to have particular historical value.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mr R. Read, editor of the Cambrian News, and Secretary of the Ministry of Information's Local Information Committee, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, c. 1941.

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Scope and content

Documents, 1818-1941, mostly of late-nineteenth century Cardiganshire interest, which were collected by and recovered from the Cambrian newspaper salvage campaign, 1940-1941, comprising miscellaneous items including tradesmen's and business records, personal diaries and note-books, hymn and music books, rules for Cardiganshire miners, a school attendance book, and the account book of a brig.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged generically by types of documents, in the order described in the content field.

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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.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Cambrian News Salvage Collection;

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  • Text: Cambrian News Salvage Collection.