- 1939-1966 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
iii, 121 ff.
Guarded and filed at NLW.
Name of creator
Sold at Sotheby's by the heirs of John Davenport.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lots 549, 556, 573, 574 and 576; 29 July 1977.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Eighty letters, 1939-1966, to John Davenport, literary critic and friend of Dylan Thomas, much of the correspondence relating to literary matters (ff. 1-91). There are references to Thomas throughout, including detailed (and contrasting) accounts, by John Malcolm Brinnin (ff. 12-13) and George Reavey (ff. 71-72 verso), of events surrounding his death.
The correspondents include Kingsley Amis, 1955-1965 (ff. 1-6), John Malcolm Brinnin, 1952-1953 (ff. 11-13), Walford Davies, 1963-1965 (ff. 16-23), Constantine FitzGibbon, 1950-1966 (ff. 27-52), Glyn Jones, March-April 1965 (ff. 57-59), T. H. Jones, 9 November 1961 (f. 60), George Reavey, [November 1953] (ff. 71-72), Roger Roughton, 1939-1940 (ff. 73-80), Caitlin Thomas, 1947-[?1952] (ff. 81-85, including a postcard also signed by Dylan Thomas), and Vernon Watkins, 1956-1965 (ff. 86-90). Also included are further papers relating to Dylan Thomas, comprising manuscript notes by Davenport, [1956x1966] (ff. 92-100); a postcard, [?1950], to Thomas from Jack Lindsay in Prague (f. 101); a typescript, 10 November 1953, of a radio obituary to Thomas by Davenport (ff. 102-104); a typescript article, [mid-1950s], on Thomas by Davenport (ff. 105-114); and press cuttings, 1954-1965 (ff. 115-121). A typescript table of contents is ff. i-iii. Three of the Kingsley Amis letters (ff. 1, 2, 4) are published in The Letters of Kingsley Amis, ed. by Zachary Leader (London, 2000) (pp. 448-50, 464-5, 527-8).
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Item: 1.1 Loose Manuscript Documents (NLW MS 14934E). Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 4437308. Date: 20031021. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Thomas. Status: Loose Manuscript Documents (NLW MS14934E) : Small tears in a few items. Institution: WlAbNL.
Item: 1.2 Loose Manuscript Documents (NLW MS 14934E). Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 4437308. Date: 20041203. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: A. Pugh. Status: Loose Manuscript Documents (NLW MS 14934E) : Repaired documents, guarded and filed and lettered in black. Institution: WlAbNL.
System of arrangement
Correspondence arranged alphabetically by surname at NLW.
Conditions of access and use area
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 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of copyright of John Davenport and various correspondents can be found at http://tyler.hrc.utexas.edu/ (viewed July 2014).
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Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents.
Preferred citation: NLW MS 14934E.
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Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Davenport, John, 1908-1966 -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953. (Subject)
- Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953 -- Death and burial. (Subject)
- Amis, Kingsley -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Jones, Glyn, 1905-1995 -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- FitzGibbon, Constantine, 1919- -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Thomas, Caitlin -- Correspondence (Subject)
- Watkins, Vernon Phillips, 1906-1967 -- Correspondence (Subject)
- Amis, Kingsley. (Subject)
- Brinnin, John Malcolm, 1916- (Subject)
- Davies, Walford, 1940- (Subject)
- FitzGibbon, Constantine, 1919- (Subject)
- Jones, Glyn, 1905-1995. (Subject)
- Jones, T. Harri (Thomas Harri), 1921-1965. (Subject)
- Roughton, Roger. (Subject)
- Thomas, Caitlin (Subject)
- Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953. (Subject)
- Watkins, Vernon Phillips, 1906-1967 (Subject)
- Lindsay, Jack, 1900-1990. (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
October 2007 and July 2014.
Description compiled by Bethan Ifan, and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones