GB 0210 MSANPALM
A. N. Palmer manuscripts,
- [1880s]-1914 / (Creation)
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Name of creator
Historian Alfred Neobard Palmer (1847-1915) was born in Thetford, Norfolk, and began his career as a pharmacist. Having moved to Wrexham in 1880, Palmer soon embarked on his enthusiastic involvement in the local history of the area, an involvement which would remain with him for the rest of his life. He addressed local historical societies, contributed to historical and antiquarian pubilcations such as the Archaeologia Cambrensis, and published essays and articles on local history which include The History of Ancient Tenures of Land in the Marches of North Wales (1885) and The History of the Town of Wrexham (1893). Despite being dogged by ill health, Palmer succeeded in exploring nearly all the aspects of antiquarian interest in the counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire and had even begun to investigate the antiquities of Merionethshire. He remained in Wrexham for the remainder of his life and died there in 1915.
These volumes were originally part of a series numbered I-XXXVII by Palmer, the other volumes in the series, together with Palmer's unnumbered index volume, having been presented to Wrexham Library after Palmer's death.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
David Harborne; Cardiff; Purchase; 1985
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers, [1880s]-1914, of Alfred Neobard Palmer, including journals, 1883-1914 (with gaps), notebooks, [1880s]-[c. 1909], and miscellaneous notes. The material is mainly concerned with personal and antiquarian material, with especial reference to Denbighshire and Flintshire.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 22157-22161.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The descriptions are also available, together with a detailed list of contents, in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999).
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
The whole series, including the index volume, is available on fiche in Denbighshire Record Office and in NLW (NLW Fiche 11).
Related units of description
See Christopher J. Williams, 'A. N. Palmer, historian of Wrexham', Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions, 46 (1997), 109-136.
Title based on contents.
Miscellaneous notes by Palmer and press cuttings, found loose inside the manuscripts are filed as NLW MS 22161iiE.
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Description control area
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales
Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
February 2005 and July 2009.
Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999);