Fonds GB 0210 DRDIES - D. R. Davies Collection of Drama Scrap Books,

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D. R. Davies Collection of Drama Scrap Books,


  • 1900-1982 (accumulated [c.1920]-1982) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.619 cubic metres (4 boxes, 4 drawers, 135 scrapbooks, 50 loose items)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

D. R. Davies (1919-1978) of Aberdare, Glamorgan, was a drama enthusiast and newspaper correspondent (sometimes writing for Y Cymro and the Western Mail under the name 'Twm o'r Nant') who collected newspaper cuttings, booklets, magazines and other material related to drama, theatre and other forms of entertainment in Europe and elsewhere, but mainly relating to drama and entertainment in Wales. He was involved in left-wing drama and the Little Theatre movement.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from D. R. Davies, 1974, 1975, 1978. Further material donated by Mrs Rhiannon Williams, daughter of D. R. Davies, 1989.

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Scope and content

Scrapbooks containing press cuttings etc., 1900-1982, relating largely to Welsh drama, theatrical activities and popular entertainment in Wales and amongst Welsh communities in English cities, including material on dramatists of Wales, 1932-1953; drama in Wales, 1922-1982; Welsh actors, 1932-1946; theatre cuttings, 1931-1953; fairs, folklore and folk-dancing in Wales, 1936-1938; children's theatre, 1959-1967; Welsh National Theatre, 1900-1978; and information on theatre in Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, America, and other countries.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into individual scrapbooks.

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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.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Most of the individual scrapbooks contain an index. A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds

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Description identifier

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. Sources: NLW, Schedule of the D. R. Davies collection of scrap books. Davies took his pseudonym from 'Twm o'r Nant', Thomas Edwards (1739-1810).

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