Fonds GB 0210 DORTER - Dorothy Sylvester Papers,

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Dorothy Sylvester Papers,


  • 1920-1989 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.572 cubic metres (20 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Dorothy Taylor, née Sylvester, was born in 1906. She was a Senior Lecturer and reader in Geography at the University of Manchester from 1944 until 1966. In 1969, her work The Rural Landscape of the Welsh Borderland was published, followed by A History of Gwynedd in 1983.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Poole Alcock & Co.. Solicitors, Stoke-on-Trent, in November 1992, and coverted into a bequest, July 1995.

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Scope and content

Papers, 1920-1989, of Dorothy Sylvester, including notebooks and lecture notes, 1920-1972; research papers, including notes, card indexes and press cuttings, relating mainly to her study of the historical geography of England and Wales, with special reference to the Welsh borderland; material relating to published works, 1957-1983; addresses and articles, 1928-1988; literary papers, and correspondence, 1926-1989.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: notebooks and lecture notes; research papers; published works; articles, addresses; literary papers; correspondence; and miscellaneous.

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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.

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Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1993, pp.71-74, at the National Library of Wales.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

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.

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  • Text: Dorothy Sylvester Papers.