Fonds GB 0210 RONIES - Ron Davies Papers,

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Ron Davies Papers,


  • 1979-1997 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.16 cubic metres (83 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Ron (Ronald) Davies (born 1946) was MP and AM for Caerphilly. He was born in Machen, Monmouthshire, and attended Bassaleg Grammar School, Portsmouth Polytechnic and University College of Wales, Cardiff. He worked as a school teacher and tutor, 1968-1974, and was a further education adviser for Mid-Glamorgan local education authority, 1974-1983. He was a councillor on Bedwas and Machen Urban District Council and Rhymney Valley District Council, 1969-1983, before being elected Labour MP for Caerphilly in 1983. He was opposition whip, 1985-1987, opposition spokesman on agriculture and rural affairs, 1987-1992, and food, 1989-1992, and chief opposition spokesman on agriculture, 1992, and Wales, 1992-1997. Following Labour's General Election victory in 1997 he became Secretary of State for Wales and oversaw the setting up of the National Assembly for Wales. He resigned from the government in 1998 and stepped down as MP in 2001. He was Assembly Member for Caerphilly, 1999-2003. He has been married twice and has two daughters.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Ron Davies, MP, in five groups, 1994-2000.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Constituency correspondence and papers of Ron Davies, 1979-1997, comprising general correspondence on constituency and national affairs, 1983-1997; general constituency papers, 1983-1995; constituents' papers, 1984-1997; subject files from his constituency office and his London office, 1984-1998, including agriculture, the National Health Service and the Welsh language; and papers relating to various pressure groups, 1979-1983.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are possible.

System of arrangement

The original arrangement of the papers has been preserved, grouped by donation. The 1994 group is arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent (nos 1-6) and chronologically (7-17). The 1995 group is arranged into pressure groups (Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and Scientists Against Nuclear Armaments (SANA)), and constituency correspondence and papers. The 1997 group is arranged into general correspondence, subject files (London office), subject files (constituency office), and constituents' papers.

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Conditions governing access

Constituency case papers, namely files 83-88, are under embargo for 50 years from the closing date of each file (Freedom of Information Act 2000, Exemption s.40). 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

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in NLW, Minor lists and summaries, 1995, pp. 28-29, 1996, p. 19, and 1998, pp. 18-20. The lists are available online. The 1999 and 2000 groups remain uncatalogued.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers are National Library of Wales, Caerphilly Labour Party Records; Glamorgan Record Office, D/D MP 3.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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

December 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Minor lists and summaries, 1995, 1996, 1998; Debrett's people of today (2003) (consulted online at, viewed 8 December 2003; Jones, Beti, Etholiadau'r ganrif, 1885-1997/Welsh elections, 1885-1997 (Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion: Y Lolfa, 1999).

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