- [1950s]-1986 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.189 cubic metres (21 boxes) + 7 boxes purchased January 2007.
Name of creator
John Tripp (1927-1986) from Bargoed, Glamorgan, journalist and poet, worked at the BBC and as Press Officer at the Indonesian Embassy and information officer at the Central Office of Information in London during the 1960s. After returning to Wales in 1969 he became a freelance journalist and was the literary editor of Planet from 1973 until 1980. He wrote poems and short stories, including The Province of Belief, The Inheritance File and Collected Poems.
Some drafts and copies of John Tripp's works were accumulated by the Welsh Arts Council and the Anglo-Welsh Review, prior to acquisition by NLW. (See related units of description).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Purchased from Ms Jean Henderson, Pentyrch, Cardiff, in 1988. Another group was purchased from Mrs Henderson, January 2007.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Literary papers of John Tripp, [1950s]-1985, including drafts and notes of published and unpublished poetry, 1968-1985; prose works comprising plays for radio and television, mostly not broadcast, miscellaneous prose drafts and notes, 1969-1985; correspondence mostly with other Anglo-Welsh and Welsh authors, 1967-1986; critical reviews of and by J.T., 1968-1985; and personal and miscellaneous papers, [1950s]-1986, such as press cuttings, papers relating to literary organisations and events, J.T.'s employment, photographs and other personal ephemera, and drafts or published versions of works by other writers given to or collected by him.
An additional consignment of papers of John Tripp comprising correspondence and some prose works. This group remains uncatalogued.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
All records have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into the following: poetry: published collections; poetry: unpublished collections; poetry: uncollected and unpublished; prose works; correspondence; criticism; personal and miscellaneous.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Intervals of Heat, a collection of poems written in 1972 is not available to readers until 2018: exemption s41, Freedom of Information Act 2000. 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
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of fonds.
Virtua system control number
Place access points
Name access points
- Tripp, John, 1927-1986 -- Archives (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
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
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of John Tripp Papers; Meic Stephens, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); The Arts in Wales, ed. by Meic Stevens (Welsh Arts Council, 1979).
Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project.