- 1913-1995 (accumulated 1983-1995) / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.598 cubic metres (36 boxes)
Name of creator
Ty Cenedl was set up in the Barn Community Centre, Aberystwyth, in 1983 by the movement Cofiwn to 'study, research into and promote the history of Wales'. A part of this work was to collect pamphlets, leaflets, posters, photographs, correspondence and various papers relating mainly to nationalistic and radical movements in Wales. A wide range of material dating mainly from the 1950s onwards was collected, and added to this were many periodicals and pamphlets relating to radical movements from all parts of the world. Cofiwn came to an end in 1984 but a group of supporters continued to maintain Ty Cenedl until 1989 when the Barn Centre was closed by the local authority.
Sian Ifans and Gethin ap Gruffudd arranged the collection on behalf of Ty Cenedl.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers relating to fringe Nationalist and left wing groups, 1963-1989, including material relating to Welsh Nationalist and Republican Groups, 1963-1989, material relating to Welsh left ing roups, 1969-1979, and papers relating to solidarity groups and campaigns, 1968-1989; published political material such as newspapers and periodicals, 1913-1989, records and papers of Cofiwn, 1970-1990, including material relating to the American Indian Movement Tour of Wales, 1986; papers relating to campaigns and activities of groups such as the the Owain Glyndwr Society, 1975-1990; papers relating to maritime history and heritage, 1973-1995; and miscellaneous papers, mainly relating to organisations in Aberystwyth, 1976-1989.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into the following: papers relating to fringe nationalist and left wing groups; published political material; Cofiwn records and papers; papers relating to maritime history and heritage; miscellaneous papers; photographs, posters and films.
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
The usual copyright regulations apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, Catalan, Spanish, Sechaba (ANC), Cuba, African, Persian, Flemish, Kurdish, Galiego (Galician Spanish), Cornish, Breton..
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some items predate the establishment of Ty Cenedl and Cofiwn; and material continued to be accumulated after the closure of the Barn Centre in 1989.
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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
Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Ty Cenedl Papers.