National Library of Wales

Ron Davies Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RONIES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Ron Davies Papers

Short title: Davies, Ron, papers

Dates of creation: 1979-1997

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1.16 cubic metres (83 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Ron (Ronald) Davies (1946-)


Administrative and biographical history: Ron (Ronald) Davies (born 1946) was MP and AM for Caerphilly. He was born in Machen, Monmouthshire, and attended Bassaleg Grammar School, Portsmouth Polytechnic and University College of Wales, Cardiff. He worked as a school teacher and tutor, 1968-1974, and was a further education adviser for Mid-Glamorgan local education authority, 1974-1983. He was a councillor on Bedwas and Machen Urban District Council and Rhymney Valley District Council, 1969-1983, before being elected Labour MP for Caerphilly in 1983. He was opposition whip, 1985-1987, opposition spokesman on agriculture and rural affairs, 1987-1992, and food, 1989-1992, and chief opposition spokesman on agriculture, 1992, and Wales, 1992-1997. Following Labour's General Election victory in 1997 he became Secretary of State for Wales and oversaw the setting up of the National Assembly for Wales. He resigned from the government in 1998 and stepped down as MP in 2001. He was Assembly Member for Caerphilly, 1999-2003. He has been married twice and has two daughters.


Scope and content: Constituency correspondence and papers of Ron Davies, 1979-1997, comprising general correspondence on constituency and national affairs, 1983-1997; general constituency papers, 1983-1995; constituents' papers, 1984-1997; subject files from his constituency office and his London office, 1984-1998, including agriculture, the National Health Service and the Welsh language; and papers relating to various pressure groups, 1979-1983.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: The original arrangement of the papers has been preserved, grouped by donation. The 1994 group is arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent (nos 1-6) and chronologically (7-17). The 1995 group is arranged into pressure groups (Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and Scientists Against Nuclear Armaments (SANA)), and constituency correspondence and papers. The 1997 group is arranged into general correspondence, subject files (London office), subject files (constituency office), and constituents' papers.

Conditions governing access: Papers less than twenty years old are not available for consultation without the written permission of the donor. 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: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in NLW, Minor lists and summaries, 1995, pp. 28-29, 1996, p. 19, and 1998, pp. 18-20. The lists are available online. The 1999 and 2000 groups remain uncatalogued.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Ron Davies, MP, in five groups, 1994-2000.


Related units of description: Further papers are National Library of Wales, Caerphilly Labour Party Records; Glamorgan Record Office, D/D MP 3.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Minor lists and summaries, 1995, 1996, 1998; Debrett's people of today (2003) (consulted online at, viewed 8 December 2003; Jones, Beti, Etholiadau'r ganrif, 1885-1997/Welsh elections, 1885-1997 (Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion: Y Lolfa, 1999).

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

Date(s) of description: December 2003



Agriculture | Wales | 20th century

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament | Records and correspondence

Child Poverty Action Group | Records and correspondence

Davies, Ron, | 1946- | Archives

Election districts | Wales | Caerphilly

Great Britain | Politics and government | 20th century

Health services administration | Wales

National Union of Public Employees | Records and correspondence

Scientists Against Nuclear Armaments | Records and correspondence

Wales | Politics and government

Welsh language

Personal names

Davies, Ron (Ronald), b. 1946

Corporate names