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'A Country Diary'

The file comprises newspaper cuttings of 'A Country Diary' articles from The Guardian, 1957-1991, pasted onto index cards. The articles each have a descriptive title, which would seem to indicate that they were intended for the book A Welsh Country Diary, which was published in 1993.

Condry, William, 1918-1998

A Year in the Country

The file consists of a letter from the editor, Jon Gower, 1997, inviting Condry to contribute to an anthology of diaries covering all the months of the year, with a handwritten word count, typed draft of February's entry, list of topics and index cards.

Condry, William, 1918-1998

Wildlife, My Life

The file consists of papers relating to Condry's autobiography Wildlife, My Life published in 1995. It comprises a notebook and folder containing outlines of the author's tasks and plan of the book, 1992-1993, captions for photographs, source materials, notes on autobiographical details, natural history, literary activities, local history, Evan Roberts, the Snowdonia botanist, and relevant subjects extracted from a card index, 1947-1995; correspondence, 1952-1993, mainly concerning bird life, old acquaintances in Birmingham, and botany, including a letter from Arthur Chater, 1978, about lichens at the site of Hafod, typescript and printed articles, including a brief biography of Condry, printed leaflets and press cuttings, 1935-1994.

Condry, William, 1918-1998

William Condry Papers,

  • GB 0210 WMCOND
  • Fonds
  • [?1825], 1928-2020 (accumulated 1928-2020)

Natural history diaries, 1935-1998, field notes, 1952-1994, typescript and published articles, 1947-1998, notes and correspondence relating to his books, 1933-1998, and to various natural history and historical subjects, card indexes, 1930-1998, and printed pamphlets, papers and books relating to Henry Thoreau, 1943-1999. There are several files of general personal correspondence, 1938-2016, including letters from R.S. Thomas. Inevitably, there are considerable overlaps between the various subsections of the archive, since Condry's interests, professional duties and literary activities were inextricably linked. Additional correspondence and papers, 1948-2020, including the files of letters from R. S. Thomas and his wife Mildred Elsie Eldridge (Elsi), 1968-1998, were transferred to NLW in December 2015, May 2018 and June 2020; a further letter, [c. 1946], by William Condry to Ray Perry, was donated in January 2016; a letter by Condry to his niece, Christine Demmar, enclosing a story about a pet jackdaw, was donated in August 2016; and transcript of a speech given by Chris Fuller at the opening of the William Condry centenary exhibition at MOMA, Machynlleth, in September 2018., donated in October 2018.

Condry, William, 1918-1998