- 1960-2003 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
0.114 cubic metres (11 lever-arch files in 4 boxes); (1 large box, 2 files) (Dec 2006, July 2007, Jan 2008)
Name of creator
Ray Davies was born at Cardiff Royal Infirmary in 1930 and spent his childhood at Llanbradach near Caerphilly in South Wales. He was educated at Coed-y-brain school which he left at Christmas 1943 and started work at Llanbradach Colliery two weeks before his fourteenth birthday. At the age of seventeen he became a fully fledged collier and later found employment as a trainee welder with Welsh Metals Ltd, Caerphilly. He joined the South Wales Miners Federation in December 1943. At the end of the 1940s he did his national service for two years in the Army.
In 1954 he secured employment with Woodall and Duckham, a civil engineering firm, and he soon became a shop steward with the TGWU, soon developing a keen interest in health and safety issues. He later moved to the Llanwern steel works when it was first opened and became a ganger/supervisor at the works. In 1965 he became a shift brick stockist. He was actively involved in the 1980 steel strike.
After a brief flirtation with the Communist Party, Ray Davies joined the Labour Party in 1958 and was chosen vice-chair of the Trethomas Labour Party in 1961. He was elected to the Bedwas and Machen UDC, a major turning point in his life, and later the Monmouthshire County Council. In 1974 he became a member of the new Mid Glamorgan County Council and in 1995 a member of the new Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Ray Davies has been especially prominent in an array of important political campaigns over the years. They include peace issues, the use of caning in schools, the 1984-1985 miners' strike, gay rights, and the agitation against the community charge (poll tax), during which he was imprisoned for short periods on three separate occasions because of his continued refusal to pay. He also stood as the Labour candidate for the Cardiff Central constituency in the general election of June 1983, and has been one of the most stalwart supporters of Ron Davies, the former MP and AM for Caerphilly.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
County Councillor Raymond Davies; Caerphilly; Donated; March 2004, December 2006, July 2007 and January 2008; 0200402962
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The papers, 1960-2003, reflect Councillor Ray Davies's life and the political campaigns and activities in which he was involved. Many are cuttings from local and national newspapers and other printed items. Some of the material reflects his campaigns in various elections, others the movements which he supported and in which he participated. A large number relate to the campaign against the community charge in the 1980s and 1990s. A few stem from his personal and family life.
Three lots of Councillor Ray Davies'r papers were received, 2006-2008. These remain uncatalogued.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All the papers donated to NLW have been retained.
Additions are possible.
System of arrangement
The papers arrived at the Library arranged in eleven numbered arch-lever files which have been retained as separate units while listing. The original numbering of the files by Councillor Davies has been retained while cataloguing.
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Conditions governing access
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 laws apply.
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A hard copy of this list is available at NLW.
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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by J Graham Jones.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Information in the Ray Davies Papers.