National Library of Wales

Royal Cambrian Academy of Art Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 ROYALART

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Royal Cambrian Academy of Art Papers

Short title: Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, papers

Dates of creation: 1881-1991

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.315 cubic metres (10 boxes, 7 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Royal Cambrian Academy of Art


Administrative and biographical history: The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art was founded in Llandudno, Caernarfonshire, in 1881, and was granted the title 'Royal' in 1882. It draws its members from artists active in Wales, and aims to promote the arts through its regular exhibitions. It occupied Plas Mawr, in Conwy, Caernarfonshire, as a gallery from 1885, extending it in 1896. In 1994, it moved to a new building nearby. It is the most prestigious art institution in Wales, and its presidents have included Augustus John and Sir Kyffin Williams. The society adopted a memorandum and articles of association in 1951, and became a registered charity in 1963. It now uses the name 'Royal Cambrian Academy' in its marketing.


Scope and content: Papers of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, 1881-1991, including minute books, 1881-1902; correspondence, 1886-1956; financial records, comprising ledgers, registers, cash books, annual statements, turnstile receipts and receipt books, 1886-1991; and registers of pictures, 1899-1931.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute books; correspondence; financial; and miscellaneous.

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.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1994, pp. 56-58, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, per Mr L. H. S. Mercer, curator, May 1993.


Related units of description: Exhibition catalogues are held by the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1994; Royal Cambrian Academy website (, viewed 2 August 2005; Charity Commission website (, viewed 2 August 2005.

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

Date(s) of description: May 2003



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