Fonds GB 0210 CARLIB - Cardiganshire Liberal Association Records,

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Cardiganshire Liberal Association Records,


  • 1900-1974 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.351 cubic metres (38 boxes)

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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.

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 or transfer

Deposited by the Ceredigion and North Pembroke Liberal Association per the Secretary, between 1986 and 1995.

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Scope and content

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.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

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

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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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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

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

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Title supplied from content of fonds

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

October 2003


  • English



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.

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