Fonds GB 0210 PLANET - Planet Archive

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Planet Archive


  • 1970-2007 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.117 cubic metres (13 boxes); 19 small boxes (June 2015)

Context area

Name of creator

Administrative history

The magazine Planet was launched in 1970 and published six times a year by Ned Thomas and his wife Sara Erskine, initially from their home in Llangeithio, Carmarthenshire. The editorial team included Tudor David, Harri Webb and John Tripp. The politics of the magazine was left-wing and Nationalist, with an interest in European minorities, ecology, sociology, Anglo-Welsh literature, and translations of verse and prose from Welsh and other languages. In 1977 it took the subtitle The Welsh Internationalist. Initial publication ended in 1979, but in 1985 the magazine was relaunched, and it is now a quarterly magazine.

Archival history

Files of contributors' manuscripts and correspondence, kept by John Tripp as literary editor from 1973 to 1980, were purchased as part of the John Tripp papers in March 1988 and have been incorporated with the Planet archive.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by E. M. (Ned) Thomas, 1975, 1977, and converted into a donation in 1991

Dafydd Prys; Aberystwyth; Donation; June 2015; 3844299.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers relating to the magazine Planet, including printers' copies for numbers 1-36 of Planet, 1970-1977, including typescripts of articles, artwork and proofs; manuscripts, 1971-1977, submitted to John Tripp as literary editor, with related correspondence; correspondence, 1970-1975, to the editors, Ned Thomas and Sarah Erskine; letters, 1972-1979, received by John Tripp in his capacity as literary editor; and records of subscriptions, 1971-1974. The papers include manuscripts and letters from many important Welsh and Anglo-Welsh writers.

Additional papers, 1978-2006 (mainly 1985-2006), mostly consisting of correspondence addressed to the editor John Barnie; these remain uncatalogued.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: printers' copy; manuscripts received; editor's correspondence files; John Tripp's correspondence files; and miscellanea.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

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

English, Welsh.

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.

Finding aid

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers are NLW, Welsh Arts Council papers.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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

November 2004; revised August 2011.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Planet; The New Companion to the Literature of Wales, (Cardiff 1998).

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  • Text: Planet Archive.