Fonds GB 0210 HUBBARD - Clifford ('Doggie') Hubbard Papers,

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Clifford ('Doggie') Hubbard Papers,


  • [?1786]-2003 (accumulated 1931-1997) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.207 cubic metres (23 boxes) and 2 outsize volumes; 6 small boxes (September 2013).A substantial portion of the fonds has been affected by damp. Further details are given in the relevant units of description.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Clifford Lionel Barry ('Doggie') Hubbard, author and bookseller, was born in Clydach in 1913, but he spent his boyhood years in Aberaeron and Bath. After leaving school he worked for a year in the kennels of the Bath Dog Bureau. He spent a brief period doing heavy manual labour for charities in London and he made an unsuccessful attempt to emigrate by stowing away on board ship, before returning to work with dogs, first at the European Supreme Dog Bureau in Bayswater, then at kennels in Llanarth. Around that time he began to accumulate information on the care, breeding and history of dogs. For a period between 1951 and 1956, he and his family emigrated to Australia, where he was employed in the ordering department of a government printing office. During his stay he loaned his collection of books to the Commonwealth National Library of Australia and, upon his return, to the National Library of Wales for a short time.

During the 1960s Hubbard worked on orders in the book department of Harrods and spent his free time accumulating a substantial collection of his own. In 1972 he established the 'Doggie Hubbard Bookshop', which was situated in Buxton, Derbyshire, then from 1981, in Ponterwyd, Ceredigion. He was an acknowledged expert on antiquarian and other dog books, and his collection comprised many thousands of volumes, both in English and in other languages. His own writings consisted of books on various canine subjects, including the earliest editions of The Observer's Book of Dogs, and articles for journals such as Dog World, Our Dogs and the Kennel Gazette, often using the pseudonym 'Canis'. Some of his early articles were on non-canine subjects, published in the Southampton Star under the pen-name 'Barry Fraser.' He was also editor of the Dog Lover's Library series, based at Grosvenor House in Aberystwyth, during the 1950s and Kennel Editor for the Kensington News. Other activities included travelling to dog shows with his book stall, broadcasting on radio and television, lecturing, serving on the committees of the local Sea Cadets and Aberystwyth Carnival, and participating in a busy family life. He died in June 2000 and was buried at Aberaeron.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from Mr Clifford Hubbard, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth in 1998. Further papers were transferred from amongst Mr Hubbard's collection of printed books, February 2005 and August 2008; 0200214436, 0200501993.

Mrs Siiri Hubbard; Aberystwyth; Donation (card indexes); September 2013

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Scope and content

Drafts and proofs of books and articles by Clifford Hubbard, with associated research notes, printed sources and correspondence, 1862-1980; similar material for books by other authors in the Dog Lover's Library series, edited by Hubbard, published mainly by Nicholson and Watson, 1891-1976; radio and television scripts and related papers, 1949-1958; royalty statements, accounts, bills and receipts, 1948-1969; pages and cuttings of newspapers and magazines, 1816-1993; kennel and stud books, 1846-1961; source materials for writing and editing books, [post-1786]-1995; printed pamphlets and circulars, 1901-2003, and additional material, 2000, 2003; papers relating to his work in Australia, 1953-1958; photographs and drawings; a large quantity of mainly work-related correspondence, 1948-1995; and a smaller number of family letters and papers, 1886-1963.

Card indexes of British and Foreign Authors, and Corporate Authors.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: The majority of Clifford Hubbard's papers have been retained, the exceptions being drafts and proofs of certain published books and articles, and duplicates of printed leaflets. Further details are given in the relevant units of description..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW into two groups: professional papers and family papers. Files created by the author have been retained throughout, with original subject titles shown by inverted commas, and book and journal titles by italics. File contents are in original order, with the exception of bundled letters, where rearrangement has been necessary.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio รข Deddf Warchod Data 2018 a Rheoliadau Diogelu Data Cyffredinol 2018 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

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Language and script notes

English unless otherwise specified.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW.

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Related units of description

Books in the Clifford ('Doggie') Hubbard collection are in NLW; photographs, postcards, drawings and posters are NLW Special Collections, ref. 0200214439, 0200214441 and 0200214442 (0200501961, 0200501964-5 February 2005); a letter by Clifford Hubbard is NLW William Evans ('Wil Ifan') papers, 518; and a further article intended for publication is NLW ex 1810.

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The dates of creation exceed the dates of accumulation, since the fonds contains early printed sources and a manuscript accumulated by Hubbard, as well as biographical material published after his death.

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR 2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003, amended May 2008 and August 2008.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Hilary A. Peters.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Lloyd, Julia and Henrie, Marc, 'Books, etc.', Kennel Gazette, 118 (November 1997); Keevil, Paul, 'Obituary: Mr Clifford L. B. Hubbard (1913-2000)', Kennel Gazette, 121 (August 2000);

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  • Text: Clifford ('Doggie') Hubbard papers; $q - A substantial portion of the fonds has been affected by damp. Further details are given in the relevant units of description..