File NLW MSS 21773-4D. - Civilian diary,

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NLW MSS 21773-4D.


Civilian diary,


  • 1940-1941 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

vi, 419 ff. ; 300 x 205 mm. Bound in two volumes at NLW.

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Name of creator

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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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Finding aids

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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Preferred citation: NLW MSS 21773-4D.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.


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  • English



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