- 1889-1978 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.037 cubic metres (3 boxes and 1 volume).
Name of creator
Tudor Elwyn Watkins was born at Abercrave in 1903. He worked as a miner from 1917 until 1925, served as a Labour Party agent at Brecon and Radnor from 1925 until 1933, and was the general secretary to the Breconshire Association of Friendly Societies from 1937 until 1948. He was the Labour Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnor from 1945 until 1970 and avidly supported the Parliament for Wales Campaign in the early 1950s. He was also a supporter of CND. In 1970 he retired from parliament and entered the House of Lords as Baron Watkins of Glantawe. He died in 1983.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Lady Watkins, Tudor Watkins's widow; Brecon; Donation; August 1985
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The collection comprises mainly leaflets, correspondence and papers, 1924-1966, relating to Labour politics in the Brecon and Radnor constituency. There are also papers concerning the Labour Party in Wales, 1928-1952; the Parliament for Wales campaign, 1950-1956; Tudor Watkins's visits to Russia in 1961 and to Patagonia in 1965; papers concerning Tudor Watkins's elevation to the House of Lords in 1972; and material deriving from the Brecon and Radnor by-election in 1939.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records have been retained..
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into fifteen folders by subject.
Conditions of access and use area
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 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 in Minor Lists and Summaries 1986, pp. 81-82, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. Tudor Watkins had evidently acquired newspapers and press cuttings relating to the 1889 national eisteddfod.
Virtua system control number
Place access points
Name access points
- Labour Party (Great Britain). Brecon and Radnor Division -- Archives (Subject)
- Parliament for Wales Campaign -- Records and correspondence (Subject)
- Labour Party (Great Britain). Brecon and Radnor Division. (Subject)
- Labour Party Wales. (Subject)
- Parliament for Wales Campaign. (Subject)
- Watkins, Tudor, 1903-1983 -- Archives. (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
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
Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1986, pp. 81-82; Ivor Rees, Welsh Hustings, 1885-2004 (Llandybie, 2005);