Fonds GB 0210 CLIFFNS - Clifford Evans Papers,

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Clifford Evans Papers,


  • 1926-1985 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.056 cubic metres (4 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Clifford Evans (1912-1985) was an actor, writer and director, born at Sengehenydd, Glamorgan, in 1912. His acting career spanned the 1930s and the 1970s; in addition to stage plays, he appeared in UK and US films, including The Proud Valley (1940), Love on the Dole (1941),The Foreman went to France (1942), Companions in Crime (1954), and The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), and in TV series and plays, including, as Inspector Stryker, Stryker of the Yard (1957). He was also a writer and producer. He directed the City of Cardiff's contribution to the Festival of Britain, in 1951. He died at Aberaeron, Cardiganshire, in 1985. He helped to establish the St David's Theatre Trust in 1959 with the help of Lord Aberdare, Sir Cennydd Traherne and Saunders Lewis; it was registered as a charity in 1962. Its aims were to establish a National Theatre for Wales in Cardiff and to promote new drama in Wales; it was dissolved in 2001. Clifford Evans was active in campaigning on behalf of the proposed National Theatre.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Parts donated by his sister, Mrs Pearl Donald, Welshpool, in April 1988

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Scope and content

Personal papers, 1926-1971, including scrapbooks, 1926-1951; programmes and posters of productions in which he acted or directed, 1936-1971; papers relating to St David's Theatre Trust; and a letter from Dylan Thomas, 1948.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following groups: personal papers; papers relating to the St David's Theatre Trust and proposed National Theatre; and papers relating to the campaign for a Welsh National Theatre.

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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 regulations apply

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Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1988 at the National Library of Wales. The catalogues can be accessed on-line.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2005


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley and Martin Locock for the ANW Project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1988; Charity Commission website, viewed 16 May 2005; Internet Movie Database website (, viewed 16 May 2005.

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