Fonds GB 0210 RAYWILL - Raymond Williams Papers,

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Raymond Williams Papers,


  • 1958-1990 / (Creation)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Raymond Williams (1921-1988) was a social historian, critic and novelist born in Y Pandy, Monmouthshire, and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge where his studies were interrupted by war service. He returned to Cambridge after the war and was later appointed staff tutor with the Oxford University Extra-Mural Delegacy. In 1961 he was elected Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His volumes Culture and Society (1958) and The Long Revolution (1966) brought him considerable recognition as a cultural historian. He engaged in political activity throughout his life, was very close to the 'New Left' position in Britain, having resigned from the Labour Party in 1966. He served as Professor of Drama at Cambridge from 1974 until his retirement in 1983. He published a large number of books and articles and was a frequent contributor to the New Welsh Review. He also published an important trilogy of novels, namely Border County (1960), Second Generation (1964) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Several of his works, some important, were published posthumously.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Dr Merryn Williams; Wootton, Bedfordshire; Donation; 1991

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Scope and content

The collection comprises: papers relating to Raymond Williams's published works, 1958-1990, including working papers, draft and final typescripts, notebooks and files containing outlines of books, page proofs, and a small quantity of correspondence, some with Mrs Joy Williams; papers relating to Raymond Williams's unpublished works, 1948-1980s, including parts of novels, various notes and jottings.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records presented to the National Library have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged as follows: papers relating to Raymond Williams's published works; papers relating to Raymond Williams's unpublished works.

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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.

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Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

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Further papers, 1931-1988, including correspondence, drafts of works and notebooks, are held at Swansea University Archives.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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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

August 2006.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, List of the Raymond Williams Papers; Meic Stephens (ed.), The New Companion to the Literature of Wales (Cardiff, 1998);

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