- -1980 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
1.158 cubic metres (57 boxes, 2 rolls)
Name of creator
Clement Edward Davies (1884-1962), born Edward Clement Davies, Liberal politician, was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Clement Davies was a successful lawyer and published books on agricultural law. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1929 as the member for Montgomeryshire, and was the leader of the Liberal Party, 1945-1956. In 1939, he was the main author of a report to Caernarfonshire County Council on he anti-tuberculosis service in Wales, critical of the negligence of the rural authorities. He was chairman of the All Party Action Group which forced Neville Chamberlain to resign as prime minister in 1940. In 1955 he was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. He was married to Jano Davies (1882-1969), and they had three sons and three daughters.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Deposited by his wife Mrs Jano Davies and by his son Stanley Clement-Davies between 1962 and 1996.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Clement Davies's papers, [c.1884]-1967, mainly Liberal Party papers, 1928-1962, Clement Davies's political career, 1929-1965, Welsh affairs, 1936-1962, peace movements, 1940-1962, foreign affairs, 1944-1962, constituency papers, 1951-1962, and home affairs, 1953-1963; and papers and correspondence of Jano Clement-Davies, 1873-1969, and papers of Stanley Clement-Davies, 1920-1963.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records have been retained..
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged in subject and record type.
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 regulations apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is 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
David M. Roberts, Clement Davies and the Liberal Party, 1929-1956 (unpublished University of Wales MA thesis, 1975, NLW ref. 1975/308), David M. Roberts, 'Clement Davies and the fall of Neville Chamberlain, 1939-40', Welsh history review, 8 (Dec. 1976), pp. 188-215, Emlyn Hooson, 'Clement Davies: an underestimated Welshman and politician', Journal of Liberal Democrat history, 24 (Autumn 1999), Alun Wyburn-Powell, Clement Davies: a liberal biography (2002).
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
Virtua system control number
Place access points
Name access points
- Liberal Party (Great Britain) -- Archives. (Subject)
- Liberal Party (Great Britain) (Subject)
- Clement-Davies, Jano 1882-1969 -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Clement-Davies, Stanley, 1920-2003 -- Archives. (Subject)
- Davies, Clement, 1884-1962 -- Archives. (Subject)
- Davies, Clement, 1884-1962. (Subject)
- Clement-Davies, Stanley, 1920-2003 (Subject)
- Davies, Jano, 1882-1969. (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Clement Davies Papers (1981); Dictionary of Welsh biography, 1941-1970 (2001).