Fonds GB 0210 JOHNTRIPP - John Tripp Papers

Identity area

Reference code



John Tripp Papers


  • [1950s]-1986 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.189 cubic metres (21 boxes) + 7 boxes purchased January 2007.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

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.

Archival history

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Literary papers of John Tripp, [1950s]-1985, including drafts and notes of published and unpublished poetry, 1968-1985; prose works comprising plays for radio and television, mostly not broadcast, miscellaneous prose drafts and notes, 1969-1985; correspondence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Arranged into the following: poetry: published collections; poetry: unpublished collections; poetry: uncollected and unpublished; prose works; correspondence; criticism; personal and miscellaneous.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

Finding aids

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

Files included in this purchase, but relating exclusively to John Tripp's activities as literary editor of Planet from 1973 to 1980 have been incorporated at NLW into the Planet archives; draft poems collected by the Welsh Arts Council and acquired by NLW between 1968 and 1971 are now NLW MS 20790E; drafts of short stories are in NLW, archive of the Anglo-Welsh Review. See also NLW MS 24013i-iiD.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title based on contents of fonds.

Alternative identifier(s)

Virtua system control number


Project identifier


Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003.


  • English



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).

Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project.

Accession area