Fonds GB 0210 MSANPALM - A. N. Palmer manuscripts,

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A. N. Palmer manuscripts,


  • [1880s]-1914 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

6 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

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.

Archival history

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

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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.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

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Finding aids

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).

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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

Further papers of, or relating to, A. N. Palmer, are NLW MSS 18081-18090.

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Publication note

See Christopher J. Williams, 'A. N. Palmer, historian of Wrexham', Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions, 46 (1997), 109-136.

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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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Institution identifier

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.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

February 2005 and July 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

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);

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