Fonds GB 0210 WELLIBPAR - Welsh Liberal Party Papers,

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Welsh Liberal Party Papers,


  • 1961-1988 (accumulated 1966-1988) / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.414 cubic metres (46 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Administrative history

The Liberal Party was founded in 1859, covering England, Wales and Scotland. The Welsh Liberal Party (WLP) became a separate political party in 1966, although it remained closely linked with the Liberal Party. In 1988, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Party was formed when the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party merged, and the Welsh Liberal Party ceased to exist. The Welsh Liberal Party inherited a structure of county or constituency associations of members; as a national body it had a General Council and Executive Committee, and organised an annual conference.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The papers were donated by the Welsh Liberal Party, per Ms Kate Lloyd, Mrs Lorna Schärer and Mr Gwyn Griffiths, 1988-1992. An additional three filed were donated by Professor P. D. G. Thomas, Aberystwyth, February 2006.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Records of the Welsh Liberal Party, 1966-1988, including Executive Committee and General Council minutes, 1967-1987; Annual General Meeting papers and correspondence, 1982-1987; correspondence and papers relating to local government reform and electoral reform, transport, economic policy and nationalisation, Welsh affairs, devolution, and Welsh Liberal Party structure and finance, 1963-1987; papers relating to annual conferences, 1968-1987; papers relating to parliamentary and other elections, 1969-1989; correspondence and papers relating to individual parliamentary constituencies, 1970-1980; Local Government and Parliamentary Boundary Commission submissions, 1981-1983; Standing Committee and Policy Directorate papers, 1975-1982; press releases, 1980-1988; party publications, 1975-1981; records of county Liberal Associations, 1973-1988; and records of Caernarfon Division Liberal Association, 1961-1975.

Three additional files comprising minutes of meetings of the Welsh Liberal Party, 1981-2 and 1987. This group remains uncatalogued.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into eight groups, by deposit, and within each group by type and date.

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

Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further records of Liberal Associations are held in NLW, Cardiganshire Liberal Association, Montgomeryshire Liberal Association and Vale of Glamorgan Liberal Association. Records of Welsh Liberal Party Executive relating to the merger with the SDP are in NLW, Welsh Liberal Democrats papers. Further material relating to the Welsh Liberal Party is in NLW, Lord Hooson papers and Stuart Rendel papers.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Description identifier

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

April 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, Welsh Liberal Party Records.

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  • Text: Welsh Liberal Party Papers.