File NLW MS 23696E. - Ivor Novello letters,

Identity area

Reference code

NLW MS 23696E.


Ivor Novello letters,


  • 1908-1955 (mostly 1938-1955) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

46 ff. Guarded and filed.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Bertram Rota Ltd.; London; Purchase; May 1997; B1997/28.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Seven letters and two telegrams, 1939-1950, from the composer, actor and playwright, Ivor Novello, to Dorothy and Evelyn Wright, containing mainly personal news (ff. 1-13); together with additional personal papers, 1908-1955, compiled by the Wrights, including twelve letters to them from Lloyd Williams, Novello's secretary, [?1940]-[?1944] (ff. 5, 14-19 verso), actors Peter Graves, 1951-1955 (ff. 22-24 verso), Leslie Henson, 1942 (f. 25), and Barry Sinclair, 1943 (f. 26), and Neville Chamberlain, 1938 (ff. 20-21); also included are a memorial tribute to Ivor Novello, 1951 (ff. 27-28 verso), photographs of him and his associates, [1910s]-[1940s] (ff. 29-34), and press cuttings, 1939-1951 (ff. 39-46).
The collection contains references to theatrical productions at Johannesburg, 1947 (f. 8), the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, [1940] (f. 14), the Palace Theatre, Manchester, [?1941] (f. 15), and the Adelphi Theatre, London, 1943 (f. 18).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged as follows at NLW: Ivor Novello letters; other letters; other papers.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding the ownership of Ivor Novello copyright can be found at (viewed May 2009).

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

For other groups of Ivor Novello correspondence and papers, see NLW MSS 20973E and 23204D.

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23696E.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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