- 1974-1993 (Creation)
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Name of creator
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).
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Literary manuscripts, 1974-1993, of Philip Henry Burton, comprising typescript drafts of the unpublished works 'They Called Me Gentleman Johnny', 1974, and 'A Great Reckoning', 1975, and of his Richard and Philip: The Burtons ...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.
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.
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Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
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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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
D. A. Callard, 'The Other Philip Burton', in Planet, 122 (1997), 91-97.
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Subject access points
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Name access points
- Burton, Philip, 1904-1995 -- Archives (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
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.
Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.