- 1940-1941 / (Creation)
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vi, 419 ff. ; 300 x 205 mm. Bound in two volumes at NLW.
Name of creator
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Mr L. E. Latchford; Aberystwyth; Donation; 1982
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Scope and content
Typescript copy of a diary kept by L. E. Latchford, 20 January 1940-23 February 1941, when he was employed at HM Customs and Excise, Swansea, as well as being an air-raid warden. It provides a day-by-day record of civilian life and reactions during the period of the 'phoney war', Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain and contains particularly vivid accounts of the bombing of Swansea. Also included are three letters from publishers and a reader's report, 1979-1980, concerning an attempt to publish the work (ff. i-iv). Extracts from the diary were serialized in the 'South Wales Evening Post', 2-17 September 1980.
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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.
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Usual copyright laws apply.
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The contents of NLW MSS 21701-22852 are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 8 (Aberystwyth, 1999).
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Title based on contents.
Preferred citation: NLW MSS 21773-4D.
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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.
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