Fonds GB 0210 WATKINS - Lord Watkins Papers,

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Lord Watkins Papers,


  • 1889-1978 / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.037 cubic metres (3 boxes and 1 volume).

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

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.

Archival history

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

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

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.

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Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. Tudor Watkins had evidently acquired newspapers and press cuttings relating to the 1889 national eisteddfod.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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

August 2006.


  • English



Archivist's note

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);

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