- 1909-1995 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.108 cubic metres (12 small boxes)
Name of creator
Peter Sain Ley Berry was educated at Magdalene College School, Oxford, Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Birkbeck College, London. Formerly a Liberal Party member, he was a founder member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), founded in 1981, and was active in the Welsh Council and the Vale of Glamorgan branch. He stood as the party's parliamentary candidate for the constituencies of Swansea West, 1983, Pontypridd, 1987, and Pembroke, 1992. In 1983-1988, the SDP formed an alliance with the Liberal Party. The parties merged in 1988, becoming the Liberal Democrats. Peter Sain Ley Berry was also involved with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, and was the Secretary of the Lloyd George Society. He is now the editor of EuropaWorld, an information service on European and World affairs.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated by Mr Sain Ley Berry, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, 1996, 1999 and 2003.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers of political interest, 1909-1995, including papers relating to local and general elections, in Swansea West, 1982-1983; Pontypridd, 1987; Pembroke, 1991-1992; Vale of Glamorgan, 1985-1993; papers relating to the SDP, 1983-1994, including correspondence, minutes, press releases; papers relating to the SDP/Liberal Alliance, 1987-1988; papers of the Alliance Committee for Wales, 1985-1987, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, drafts of speeches, memoranda; papers of the SDP Welsh Council, 1981-1988, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, newspaper cuttings; papers of the Welsh Regional Economic Policy Group, 1981-1982; papers of the Vale of Glamorgan SDP, including CVs of prospective candidates, 1982-1983; personal papers of Peter Sain Ley Berry, [c. 1981]-1988, including correspondence and diaries; printed material, 1977-1995, including SDP policy documents and manifestos; records of the Lloyd George Society, including correspondence, 1975-1993, and printed material, 1909-1991; papers of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, 1986-1991; and miscellaneous material, 1968-1984. The 2003 Donation, as yet uncatalogued, comprises further papers, c. 1982-2000, relating to the SDP, including papers relating to the Hillhead bye election and miscellaneous Wales in Europe papers.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..
Further accruals are possible.
System of arrangement
Arranged into the following: 1996 Donation; 1999 Donation.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
The Vale of Glamorgan SDP records and the CVs of candidates for the parliamentary constituency of the Vale of Glamorgan (B1/7) are not available for consultation until 2014. 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.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
English and Welsh.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1997, pp. 9-12; 2000, p. 72, at the National Library of Wales.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some printed material acquired by Peter Sain Ley Berry pre-dates his birth.
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Minor Lists and Summaries 1997; 2000; The Times Guide to the House of Commons, April 1992, (London, 1992); EuropaWorld website (http://www.europaworld.org/index.htm) viewed 6 September 2004.