Fonds GB 0210 MSPHILBURT - Philip Burton manuscripts

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Philip Burton manuscripts


  • 1974-1993 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

4 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Philip Henry Burton (1904-1995), theatre director and writer, was a teacher at the Port Talbot secondary school attended by Richard Burton (then Jenkins) during the early 1940s. Burton became Jenkins's legal guardian and the boy adopted his mentor's surname as his own. Burton nurtured Richard's theatrical talent and helped launch the younger man's acting career. Their relationship is recorded in Burton's Richard and Philip: The Burtons. A Book of Memories (London, 1992).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mr David A. Callard; Llanishen; Purchase; September 1996; B1996/40.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Literary manuscripts, 1974-1993, of Philip Henry Burton, comprising typescript drafts of the unpublished works 'They Called Me Gentleman Johnny', 1974, and 'A Great Reckoning', 1975, and of his Richard and Philip: The Burtons ... (London, 1992), 1986; together with letters and cards, 1990-1993, from Philip Burton to David Arthur Callard.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW reference numbers: NLW MSS 23542-23545D.

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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.

Language of material

  • English

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Finding aids

The contents are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).

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Related units of description

Seven photographs included in the purchase are now in NLW Photo Album 1035. An audio cassette of a lecture, 1991, by Philip Burton, entitled 'The Dylan Thomas I Knew', is in the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales. Letters and photographs, 1947-1978, from Philip Burton relating to his life and mainly theatrical work in the United States and to his historical novel You, My Brother (1973), are NLW, Rhys Davies Papers R2/3.

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Publication note

D. A. Callard, 'The Other Philip Burton', in Planet, 122 (1997), 91-97.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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

May 2009.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003); Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on-line site, viewed 14 May 2009; The Independent on-line site, viewed 14 May 2009.

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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