Fonds GB 0210 COLERS - Colin Gresham Papers,

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Colin Gresham Papers,


  • [1524]-1988 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.344 cubic metres (12 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Dr Colin A. Gresham (1913-1989) of Criccieth, Caernarfonshire, was an archaeologist and historian. He published Medieval Stone Carving in North Wales in 1968 and Eifionydd, A Study in Landownership from the Medieval Period to the Present Day in 1973. He jointly published with E.G. Bowen The History of Merioneth, vol. 1: From the earliest times to the age of the native princes in 1969 as well as Teulu'r Tryfan in 1982.

Archival history

The papers of Colin Gresham originally included those of his close friend the archaeologist W. J. Hemp. These were transferred to the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments in Wales. The papers of Colin Gresham were filed before they were acquired by the NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by F. J. Gresham, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, 1989

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Scope and content

Papers of Colin A. Gresham, [1524]-1988, including personal papers, 1929-1988; research papers, comprising notes prepared for books and articles, transcripts and photocopies of documents, correspondence with institutions and individuals, and papers concerning the affairs of learned societies and bodies, and offprints of papers by other authors sent to Colin Gresham; and literary papers, including plays and radio scripts, short stories and essays, and drafts of an unpublished autobiography; and miscellaneous papers.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: personal papers; archaeological and historical papers; and literary papers.

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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 in Minor Lists and Summaries 1990, pp.25-26, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the papers pre-date the life of Colin Gresham.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1990.

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