Fonds GB 0210 CHITTYLILY - Lily F. Chitty Papers

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Lily F. Chitty Papers


  • 1931-1977 (Creation)

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2 large boxes; 1 large envelope, 1 folder (July 2023).

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Biographical history

Lily F. Chitty (1893-1979) was an archaeologist and independent scholar who specialised in prehistoric archaeology. Her family moved to Shropshire from Devon when she was young, and her professional interests were particularly concerned with Wales and western England. Having already created her own card index of archaeological periodicals and related literature, she was asked in the 1930s by the Cambrian Archaeological Association to create a card index for its journal, Archaeologia Cambrensis. The index was published in 1964, and is highly regarded.

Archival history

The archive remained in the possession of Lily Chitty's family until it was transferred to the Library.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mrs Mary Chitty, Pwllheli, October 1979 (994966104802419) and by Dr C. Stephen Briggs, Llanrhystud, July 2023 (994966104802419).

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Papers of the late Lily F. Chitty, OBE, MA, FSA, Pontesbury, Shropshire, relating mainly to her work in indexing Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1846-1900. Included are a typescript copy, in two volumes, of the index compiled; 4 notebooks, 2 log books, and a petty cash book, 1932-50, relating to the compilation of the work; a box file containing notes and correspondence and a file of correspondence, 1931-64, relating to the Index Committee which had been set up, the correspondents including Sir John Edward Lloyd, Sir Cyril Fox, H. J. Randall, T. Jones Pierce, T. E. Morris, J. D. K. Lloyd, V. E. Nash-Williams, and Willoughby Gardner. Also included are notebooks relating to Cambrian Archaeological Association meetings, 1952-5, 1962-7; personal correspondence and photographs, 1951-77; and various offprints, etc.

Additional papers consisting of First World War Honourable Discharge Certificates (right half only) found amongst the estate of Lily Frances Chitty, sister-in-law of Mary Derwas Chitty (née Kitson Clark), and transferred to the donor by the latter's daughter, Anna Georgina Chitty. Also included is research, compiled by Barbara Reardon, on the individuals named in the certificates; July 2023.

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All records donated to NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

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Arranged as found.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Lily F. Chitty Papers


Title supplied from contents.


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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Description compiled by Sian Bowyer and David Moore, March 2024.


  • English



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