Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

North Wales Arts Association Archive

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/90

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Title: North Wales Arts Association Archive

Short title: North Wales Arts Association archive

Dates of creation: [c.1880]-1989 (accumulated 1964-1989)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): North Wales Arts Association


Administrative and biographical history: North Wales Arts Association (Cymdeithas Celfyddydau Gogledd Cymru), founded in 1964, funded clubs and societies and promoted cultural and artistic exhibitions and festivals in North Wales. The Association had links to schools and local writers. It produced a bi-annual magazine, Mabon, published in English and Welsh. The Association had a number of sub-committees, including art, drama, literature, and music panels.


Scope and content: Records of the North Wales Arts Association, [c. 1880]-1989, including executive, management and administrative records, 1964-1986; records of sub-committees, 1969-1978; records and programmes of exhibitions, festivals and meetings organized by the N. W. A. A., 1967-1989; records of external events, debates, exhibitions and festivals, 1967-1988; records of clubs and organizations involved with the N. W. A. A., 1964-1987; records relating to Mabon, 1966-1976; and photographs, mostly reproductions of photographs by John Thomas, [c. 1880]-1980.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Executive, management and administrators; Sub-committees of the N. W. A. A.; Files and programmes relating to exhibitions, festivals and meetings organised by the N. W. A. A.; Papers relating to external events, debates, exhibitions and festivals; Clubs and organizations; Mabon magazine; and Photographs.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: The records were selected for permanent preservation as they reflect the general policy and main activities of the N. W. A. A. The remainder of the records were destroyed.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The fonds includes earlier photographs collected by the Association pre-dating its establishment.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Archifau Cymdeithas Celfyddydau Gogledd Cymru/ North Wales Arts Association Archive, catalogue.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: September 2004



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