Fonds GB 0210 GERTER - Gertrude Painter Manuscripts,

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Gertrude Painter Manuscripts,


  • 1925-1973 (Accumulated 1925-1986) / (Creation)

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1 box

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Lady Gertrude Maud Carter ('Gertrude Painter') (1893-1974), was a dramatist and novelist. She was the only daughter of Walter Edward Painter and married Sir Archibald Carter (1887-1958) in 1923. Her published works included the novel Tillage of the Poor (London, 1926) and her plays included 'The Snow Storm' and 'The Kite's Feather'.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Miss Nancy Osborne, MBE, Gordon, New South Wales, 1986.

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Scope and content

Papers, mainly literary, of Gertrude Painter, 1925-1986, including typescripts of the plays 'The White Colt' or 'The Snow Storm', 'The Kite's Feather' and 'The Tramp', [1926]-[1963]; a copy of the novel Tillage of the Poor (1926); an unpublished typescript, 'David, King of Aberithon', [1920s]; letters, 1925-1926, 1973; press-cuttings, 1926-1967; programmes, 1946-1967; autobiographical notes, 1972, and additional notes by Nancy Osborne, 1986; an annotated copy of Some Contemporary Anglo-Welsh Writers (Cardiff, 1951).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: plays; fiction; 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.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright of the literary works is now held by NLW, except for the cinematographic and television rights which have been assigned to Mrs P. J. D. Smith, 2 Ferndale Street, Chatswood, New South Wales.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the list is available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987, p. 88, at the National Library of Wales. The list is available online.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds. Items accumulated by Nancy Osborne postdate Gertrude Painter's death.

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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

May 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987; Burke's Peerage (100th edition, 1953).

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