Fonds GB 0210 LORORE - Lord Ogmore Papers

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Lord Ogmore Papers


  • c.1819-1984 / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.09 m3 (10 small boxes).

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Lord Ogmore (1903-1976), Lieutenant Colonel David Rees Rees-Williams, was a Labour Member of Parliament between 1945 and 1950. In 1959, he joined the Liberal Party and was its President from 1963 until 1964.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

No's 1-13 were deposited by the 2nd Lord Ogmore, Chiswick, London, in 1989, and converted into a donation by his daughter, Mrs Elizabeth Harris, London, in May 2014. No's 14-66 were donated by Mrs Elizabeth Harris in May 2014.

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Scope and content

The 1989 group (no's 1-13) comprises political papers of Lord Ogmore, 1957-1976, mainly relating to party organisation and policy formation, comprising correspondence and other papers concerning the Liberal Party and the Welsh Liberal Party, 1959-1974, Welsh affairs such as devolution, 1957-1976, the investiture of the Prince of Wales, 1969-1973, and various printed political pamphlets. The 2014 group (no's 14-66) comprises family and political papers, including letters to his parent from Penang, 1930-1934, Cabinet Office, Colonial Office and Commonwealth papers relating to various colonies, particularly Sarawak and Burma, 1947-1970, and the investiture of the prince of Wales, 1967-1973.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

The 1989 group is arranged into three series: Liberal Party and Welsh Liberal Party, 1959-1974; Welsh Affairs, 1957-1976; and miscellaneous, 1969-1973. The 2014 group is also arranged into three series: personal and family papers, c.1819-1977; professional and political papers, 1925-1984; and diaries, 1947-1975.

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Conditions governing access

Lord Ogmore's draft autobiography (no. 27) is under embargo pending publication by his daughter (Freedom of Information Act 2000, Exemption s.22); review Jan. 2020 (date of donation plus five years).

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

  • Latin

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue (1989 group) is available in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1990, pp. 61-62.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Two wedding photographs, 1930, a press photograph of the first British general court in Berlin (Rees-Williams presiding), 1945, and a packet of photographs and negatives (Ernest Carver, The Ruskin Art Studio, Bridgend, photographic artist) in the 2014 group were transferred to NLW photographic collection (acc. 99636721802419, 23 March 2016) and are now in NLW Photograph Book 5732(b).

An unpublished memoir by Lord Ogmore, entitled 'The Dedication of a Prince', being an account of the Investiture of HRH Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle, 1969, is held at NLW Facs 621, and is probably a further copy of no's 54-55.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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

The 1989 group was catalogued in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1990. The 2014 group was catalogued in March 2016.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project, May 2003. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1990.

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