- 1850-1986 (accumulated -1986) / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.286 cubic metres (10 boxes)
Name of creator
Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, CBE (1908-1987) (full name Lewis John Wynford Vaughan-Thomas), from Swansea, Glamorgan, was a broadcaster and author. His father was the composer David Vaughan Thomas (1873-1934). He was educated in Swansea and at Exeter College Oxford. He joined the BBC in London in 1937, and became a war correspondent, covering the Anzio landings in North Italy, 1943, and campaigns in France and Germany in 1944-1945. In 1944, he reported the discovery of Botticelli's 'Primavera' in Castello Montegufoni, Italy, and after the capture of Hamburg, he collected papers belonging to William Joyce ('Lord Haw Haw') from the radio station there. After the War, he worked as a radio and television broadcaster, acting as BBC correspondent covering Royal tours to South Africa, 1947, and the Commonwealth, 1954, and also reporting on Indian independence, 1947, the Middle East, 1956, Europe and Africa, 1956-1964, and as a radio commentator on state occasions, 1950-1956. In 1958, he was one of the founders of the TWW commercial television company; he later worked as Director of Programmes at HTV, TWW's successor. He was a keen traveller, bon viveur, journalist and author, writing on his war experiences and the history and landscape of Wales, and also writing radio and TV scripts. His published works include Anzio (1962), Madly in all directions (1967), (with Alun Llewellyn) Shell Guide to Wales (1969), Portrait of Gower (1975), and an autobiography, Trust to talk (1980). He was also a literary executor of the estate of Dylan Thomas, President of the Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales, and a governor of the British Film Institute, and a member of the Saintsbury Club. In 1946, he married Charlotte, née Rowlands; they lived in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. He was awarded the OBE in 1974 and the CBE in 1986; he died in 1987.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Deposited by Charlotte Vaughan-Thomas, Fishguard, in 1989 and 1990.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers of Wynford Vaughan Thomas, 1850-1986, including war despatches, 1943-1945; papers relating to Indian independence, 1947; scripts of radio programmes on the Middle East, 1956; papers relating to state occasions, 1950-1956; notes for a proposed book on the river Niger, 1961-1963; manuscript and typescript copies of stories, articles, lectures, etc., 1947-1964; scripts of radio and TV programmes and proposed programmes, 1946-[1980s]; notes for proposed works on autobiography, 'Journeys', the River Niger, and Welsh history, [1950s]-1984; manuscripts, notes and typescripts for the published works Anzio, Madly in all directions, Shell Guide to Wales, Portrait of Gower, and Trust to talk, 1958-1980; travel journals, 1947-1964, recording visits to India, West Indies, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Hong Kong and Singapore; notebooks containing notes, drawings and miscellanea, -[1960s]; financial papers, 1945-1973; correspondence, 1936-1986; papers relating to wine, 1980-1984; papers relating to Dylan Thomas and his literary estate, 1955-1974; family papers, 1895-1950; press cuttings relating to his broadcasting career, 1937-1978; papers relating to Botticelli's painting, 'Primavera', 1945-1988; and miscellaneous papers, mainly printed, 1850-1974.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
All records have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into the following: broadcasting; published and unpublished works; personal papers; family papers; press cuttings; and miscelleneous.
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.
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Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the schedule is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
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Subject access points
- Coronations -- Great Britain.
- War correspondents -- Wales.
- Visits of state -- Africa.
- Radio journalism -- Great Britain.
- Television broadcasting -- Wales.
- Visits of state -- West Indies.
- Gower (Wales)
- West Indies.
- South Africa.
- India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
- India -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
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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
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1991; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).
Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project.