Fonds GB 0210 TEMPION - South Wales Women's Temperance Union Papers,

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South Wales Women's Temperance Union Papers,


  • 1839-1965 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.045 cubic metres (5 boxes).

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Name of creator

Administrative history

The South Wales Women's Temperance Union (Undeb Dirwest Merched y De), was founded in 1901. Sarah Jane Rees, 'Cranogwen' (1839-1916), was the dominant figure at the beginning. The Union developed quickly, setting up ten branches within the first few months, rising to 140 branches within 15 years. The papers reflect the work of the Union, including its role as a charity support, particularly concerning the Cwmdonkin Shelter Fund and the Cranogwen Rescue and Preventive Fund. Membership of the Union declined in the second half of the twentieth century, and by the early 1960s it was agreed that, rather than close down the Union, it would be absorbed into the South Wales Temperance & Band of Hope Union, under the latter's title.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by E. Lloyd Jones, Skewen, in 1969.

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Scope and content

Papers of the South Wales Women's Temperance Union, including correspondence, 1911-1965; minute books and accounts of meetings, 1931-1957; account books, 1916-1966; printed material, 1948-1957; hymn sheets, 1839-1966; and posters, 1932-1957.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: correspondence; meetings; account books; address book; printed material: annual reports; hymn sheets; miscellaneous printed material; posters; miscellaneous papers.

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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.

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Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

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Finding aids

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

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of South Wales Women's Temperance Union Papers;

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  • Text: South Wales Women's Temperance Union Papers.