Fonds GB 0210 DORHER - Dora Thatcher Papers,

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Dora Thatcher Papers,


  • 1948-1985 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.09 cubic metres (10 boxes).

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Dora Thatcher (1912-1985) from Newport in Pembrokeshire was a writer of children's books, stories, plays and articles. Her books, such as ‘Henry the Helicopter’ and ‘Tommy the Tugboat’, were for children aged between five and eight, and were published by the Brockhampton Press of Leicester. Many of the short stories were published in ‘Sunny Stories’ and the ‘Fishguard County Echo’ and were also submitted to other magazines and publishers. Her relationship with the author Joan Cass (file 30) is unknown, except that they both wrote children's books and shared the same publisher.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Original deposit by Dora Thatcher’s daughter A. Laming,; Caernarfon,; Donation,; 1992

Additional deposit by Keith Clayton Thatcher,; Wimborne, Dorset,; Donation,; June 2007

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Scope and content

Original deposit of Dora Thatcher papers, comprising material accumulated during preparation for her published books, 1955-1977. Additional deposit of Dora Thatcher papers, comprising material accumulated during preparation for her short stories, plays and articles, 1948-1985.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW into two sub-fonds: the original 1992 deposit of 'Henry the Helicopter', 'Tommy the Tugboat' and other books by Dora Thatcher, including miscellanea; and an additional deposit in 2007 of short stories, plays, correspondence and articles.

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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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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue of the original deposit is available in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1993, pp. 75-78.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds


‘Lizzie the lifeboat’ (file 50) was Dora Thatcher's last book before she died in July 1985. The royalties from this book along with the copyright were donated to the R.N.L.I.

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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

Original deposit, May 2003. Additional deposit, February, 2013.


  • English



Archivist's note

Original deposit compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1993. Additional deposit compiled by Wil Williams,

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