- 1944-2008 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
47 volumes, 3 folders.
Name of creator
Raymond Garlick (1926-2011), Anglo-Welsh poet and critic, was born on 21 September 1926 in Harlesden, London, but was sent to live with relatives in Llandudno as a schoolboy. He learnt Welsh whilst studying English at the University of North Wales, Bangor. Garlick married Elin Hughes in 1948 (they divorced in 1977); the couple adopted two children, Iestyn in 1952 and Angharad in 1958. In April 1949 he went to teach English at Pembroke Dock County School under Roland Mathias. There he was a co-founder of the literature periodical Dock Leaves (from 1958 the Anglo-Welsh Review), and its first editor, 1949-1960. In 1954 he moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where his neighbour was John Cowper Powys. In 1961 Garlick joined the International School at Eerde in the Netherlands. The family returned to Wales in 1967 when Garlick took up a position at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He eventually became Principal Lecturer in charge of the Welsh Studies course. He retired in 1987 but continued to live in Carmarthen. He died in Cardiff on 19 March 2011, aged 84. Garlick published several volumes of poetry including Poems from the Mountain-House (London, 1950), The Welsh-Speaking Sea (Tenby, 1954), Requiem for a Poet (Tenby, 1954), Blaenau Observed (Tenby, 1957), A Sense of Europe (Llandysul, 1968), A Sense of Time: Poems and Antipoems 1969-1972 (Llandysul, 1972), Incense (Llandysul, 1976), Collected Poems 1946-86 (Llandysul, 1987), and Travel Notes (Llandysul, 1992). Garlick's contribution as a champion of Anglo-Welsh literature includes the critical treatise An Introduction to Anglo-Welsh Literature (Cardiff, 1970), and the anthology Anglo-Welsh Poetry 1480-1980, ed. by Raymond Garlick and Roland Mathias (Bridgend, 1984).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
See sub-fonds and file level descriptions.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers of Raymond Garlick, 1944-2008, comprising poetry, 1951-1999; correspondence with Jacques Wirz, 1947-2008; letters, 1944-2003, from Elwyn Davies, Jonah Jones, Brenda Chamberlain, Cledwyn Hughes, A. G. Prys-Jones and others; diaries and travel journals, 1950, 1956-1957, 1987-1998, 2000-2001; and papers relating to the Welsh language campaign, 1969-1984.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged at NLW into three groups: manuscripts; correspondence with Jacques Wirz; Welsh language campaign.
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Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of Raymond Garlick copyright can be found at http://tyler.hrc.utexas.edu/ (viewed July 2010).
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Script of material
Language and script notes
English, some Welsh, German, Latin, Italian.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The contents of NLW MSS 23141D, 23176-7D and 23411D are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
February 2009-February 2020.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003); Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986); Don Dale-Jones, Raymond Garlick (Cardiff, 1996); Meic Stephens, 'Raymond Garlick: English writer who made Wales and its history his principal subject', Independent, 17 June 2011.
Description revised by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and by Rhys Jones.