- 1837-2021 (accumulated -2021) (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
3.407 cubic metres (198 boxes, 2 vols)
Name of creator
The National Library had acquired a small quantity of election addresses, political leaflets and circulars, and some printed records deriving from the political parties and their local branches ever since its inception in the early twentieth century. However, no systematic attempt was made to collect these, and the National Library's holdings were consequently patchy with major gaps. Following the establishment of the Welsh Political Archive in the spring of 1983, a systematic attempt was made to acquire these materials by creating a network of local contacts in every constituency in Wales and by establishing contact with the Welsh headquarters of each of the political parties. Other individuals and groups have also presented similar material from time to time.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The collection consists of election addresses, leaflets, circulars and other printed matter, 1837-1991, generally acquired before the establishment of the Welsh Political Archive; election addresses, leaflets etc., 1905-2019, collected by the WPA; and printed materials, 1887-2019, concerning the political parties in Wales, various pressure groups and organisations, subject files, and other miscellaneous papers.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All the papers acquired have been retained. Duplicate leaflets received since 2014 have been discarded.
Additions will come to hand following future election campaigns.
System of arrangement
Arranged into three groups: election addresses, leaflets, circulars and other printed matter generally acquired before the establishment of the WPA; election addresses, leaflets, circulars, manifestos etc. collected by the WPA; and printed materials concerning the political parties in Wales, various pressure groups and organisations, subject files, and other miscellaneous papers.
Conditions of access and use area
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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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of this list is available at NLW.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
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Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
June 2004 [revised April 2008, Dec. 2010,Sept. 2011, Oct. 2013, June 2017, February 2018].
Compiled by J. Graham Jones. Additions made by Robert Phillips.