National Library of Wales
Jeffrey Thomas Papers
Reference code(s): GB 0210 JEFTHO
Title: Jeffrey Thomas Papers
Short title: Thomas, Jeffrey, papers
Dates of creation: 1936-1987
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 0.744 cubic metres (26 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Jeffrey Thomas
Administrative and biographical history: Jeffrey Thomas (1933-1989), QC, was born on 12 November 1933, the son of John James Thomas and Phyllis Thomas (nee Hile). He was educated at Abertillery Grammar School, Monmouthshire, and Kings College, London, was called to the Bar at Grays Inn in 1957, and was Recorder of the Crown Court from 1975. In 1960 he married Margaret Jenkins, and married his second wife, Valerie Ellerington, in 1987. He unsuccessfully contested Barry in 1966 as a Labour candidate, before serving as MP for Abertillery, 1970-1983 (Labour 1970-1981 and SDP 1981-1983). He became PPS to the Secretary of State for Wales, 1977-1979, and opposition spokesman on legal affairs, 1979-1981. He was SDP spokesman on legal affairs, 1981-1983, and unsuccessfully contested Cardiff West in 1983 as the SDP/Liberal alliance candidate. He rejoined the Labour Party in 1986.
Scope and content: The papers of Jeffrey Thomas, 1936-1987, in two groups. The first consists of papers, 1936-1987, including Welsh affairs, 1972-1983, local affairs, 1973-1982, legal matters, 1978-1980, foreign affairs, 1978-1981, domestic politics, 1978-1982, Social Democratic Party, 1981-1985, and Labour Party, 1986-1987. The second group consists of scrapbooks relating to Jeffrey Thomas's general election campaigns in Barry and Abertillery, 1966-1979; scrapbooks relating to Jeffrey and Margaret Thomas's work in the Abertillery constituency, 1970-1976; and other political and personal papers.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: The first group is arranged into local affairs, Welsh affairs, domestic politics, legal matters, foreign affairs, Social Democratic Party, and miscellaneous. The second is arranged into three series: Abertillery constituency duties, general election campaigns, and other political and personal papers.
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 laws apply.
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues are available in NLW; to the first group in NLW, Minor lists & summaries, 1991, pp. 79-81, and to the second group in NLW, Jeffrey Thomas Papers, 2002. The catalogue to the first group is also available online.
Accruals: Accruals are not expected.
Immediate source of acquisition: Received in two groups, the first donated by his widow, Valerie Thomas, Whitebrook, near Monmouth in May 1990, and the second by his first wife, Margaret Thomas, London, April-June 2000.
Related units of description: Printed material, mainly relating to the Labour Party, 1949-1976, is in NLW, Department of Printed Books, and nineteen photographs in the Department of Pictures & Maps, Photo book 3307 (accession no. 0200105371).
Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch and Nia Mai Williams. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor lists & summaries 1991; Beti Jones, Etholiadau'r ganrif / Welsh elections, 1885-1997 (1999); Who's who 1897-1996 (CD-ROM).
Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.
Date(s) of description: January 2002