Fonds GB 0210 WELION - Welsh Library Association Papers,

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Welsh Library Association Papers,


  • 1931-1999 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.762 cubic metres (28 boxes)

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Administrative history

The Library Association of Great Britain was set up in 1877. The idea of establishing a Conference on Libraries in Wales and Monmouthshire was suggested at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association, held in Cardiff in 1922. In 1925, the first conference was held in Aberystwyth. After the fifth Conference, held in June 1930, Harry Farr, Librarian of Cardiff Public Library, proposed to form a Branch of the Library Association for Wales and Monmouthshire; it came into being in 1931. In 1972, the branch was re-named the Welsh Library Association. It aims to develop librarianship in Wales, alongside other institutions such as the College of Librarianship Wales, the Welsh Books Council and the Library Advisory Council for Wales, through activities including weekend and annual conferences, meetings, and publications, by supporting the professional development of library staff through travel bursaries, and by acting as a professional body commenting on library provision. It has also promoted the use of Welsh by the Library Association. The Welsh Library Association oversees the Kathleen Cooks Bequest, set up to commemorate Miss Kathleen Cooks, FLA, Librarian of Llandudno, 1947-1973; the Bequest is used to finance projects to benefit the library profession in Wales. CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, was formed in 2002, following the unification of the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) and The Library Association, and in 2003 the Welsh Library Association became CILIP Cymru/Wales.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Welsh Library Association; Deposit; 1969 and 1999

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Scope and content

Papers of the Welsh Library Association, formerly the Wales and Monmouthshire Branch of the Library Association, 1931-1987, comprising papers relating to annual conferences and general meetings, 1951-1980; papers realting to the Welsh Arts Council and Welsh Books Council, 1968-1973, and the College of Librarianship, Wales, 1969-1978; papers relating to bibliographical work undertaken in Wales, 1967-1974; financial records of the Association, 1966-1999; and papers relating to the Kathleen Cooks Bequest, 1987-1993.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into boxes by deposit and subject.

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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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Finding aids

Hard copies of the catalogues are available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1982, p. 64; 1983, p. 54; 1989, p. 96; 2000, p. 76, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogues can be accessed online. The 1971 deposit remains uncatalogued.

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Title compiled from content 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

April 2003; amended August 2005 and September 2006


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1982; 1983; 1989; 2000; South Wales Association of Assistant Librarians- Chairman's Message (Personal correspondence with Huw Evans, Executive Officer of the Welsh Library Association); Welsh Library Association website (, and Library Association website (, viewed 23 September 2003.

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