- 1900-1974 / (Creation)
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0.351 cubic metres (38 boxes)
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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.
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.
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Usual copyright regulations apply.
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A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.
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- Liberal Party (Great Britain) (Subject)
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Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
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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 (www.liberalhistory.org.uk/archives.php), viewed 28 January 2003.