- [c. 1960]-1994 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Name of creator
In 1987 the Welsh Arts Council, in conjunction with the Welsh women's press, Honno, announced an autobiographical essay competition, 'Ar fy Myw! / On my Life!', for Welsh women and women living in Wales. Entries for the competition were invited in both Welsh and English. Siân James and Jill Miller were appointed as adjudicators for the English entries, and Meg Elis and Manon Rhys for those in Welsh. The winners' names were announced in June 1988. Those essays which were not subsequently claimed back by their authors were donated to the Library in February 1989 by the Welsh Arts Council, per Mr Tony Bianchi, Literature Officer.
Name of creator
The Welsh Arts Council (WAC) was established by Royal Charter in 1946. In 1994, the Council merged with the three Welsh regional arts associations to create the Arts Council of Wales (ACW). At the same time the Arts Council of Great Britain separated its responsibilities for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. It was set up by Royal Charter, with four main objectives, to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and practice of the arts; to increase the accessibility of the arts to the public; to advise and co-operate with other public bodies; and to work through the medium of Welsh and English. Since 1999 the Arts Council of Wales has been an Assembly Sponsored Public Body (ASPB) and receives its money to fund the arts in Wales from the Welsh Assembly. ACW is therefore responsible to the Assembly for the way the money is spent. ACW underwent further restructuring in 1997 when five new divisions were created: Access Development Division, Artform Development Division, Lottery Division, Planning and Public Affairs Division and Finance and Resources Division; and again in  when recommendations made in an action plan were implemented and a new structure was imposed.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Welsh Arts Council; Deposit; 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991 (2 groups), 1992 (2 groups), 1993 (2 groups), 1996, 1997 and 2000
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Archives of various departments within the Welsh Arts Council, comprising the Drama Department: National Theatre for Wales: correspondence, 1963-1972; general papers, 1964-1971; papers relating to Housing the Arts, 1929-1978; miscellaneous papers, 1972-1977. Literature Department, 1968-1971. Music Department, 1963-1976. The 1987 deposit comprises a series of subject files, 1973-1985. The 1990-1993 deposits comprise files from the Literature Department, 1967-1989; Art Department exhibition files, 1946-1986; Craft files (including exhibitions, National Eisteddfod, Royal Welsh Show), 1964-1987; Finance and General Administration Department, 1970-1985; Drama Department, including Housing the Arts, 1966-1986; National Theatre for Wales, 1966-1971; theatrical companies, theatres, arts centres and associations, 1967-1987; miscellaneous files, 1972-1993; finance files, 1972-1988. Dance Department, 1972-1986. Director's files, 1981-1992. The deposits received in 1996 and 1997 comprise: Literature Department files, 1989-1991; Drama Department files, 1970-1994; Finance and Administration Department files, 1979-1993; Film Department files, c. 1960-1993; Visual Arts Department files, 1974-1986.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained..
Accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
The deposits are arranged and listed chronologically by date of receipt, and then by the various departments of the Welsh Arts Council which were responsible for producing the records, mainly the Drama Department (which includes material relating to the National Theatre for Wales and to Housing the Arts), the Literature Department, Music Department, Craft files, Drama Department, Finance and General Administration Department, Dance Department, Director's files, Film Department, Visual Arts Department.
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 noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright regulations apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Hard copies of the catalogues are available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
Virtua system control number
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Welsh Arts Council -- Archives. (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
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
Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Archifau Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru: Welsh Arts Council Archives; Welsh Arts Council website, consulted 22 August 2006;