National Library of Wales

New Welsh Review Archive

Reference code(s): GB 0210 NWREV

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Title: New Welsh Review Archive

Short title: New Welsh Review archive

Dates of creation: 1950-2002

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.216 cubic metres (24 boxes)

Name of creator(s): New Welsh Review


Administrative and biographical history: The New Welsh Review is a quarterly literary magazine, established in June 1988 following the demise of The Anglo-Welsh Review. The journal features original fiction and poetry, critical articles, and reviews of books and the arts by both established writers and new talent. It is a platform for Welsh writing in English, though its content and contributors also reflect a wider cosmopoliton outlook.
The New Welsh Review is published with the financial support of the Welsh Books Council and the Arts Council of Wales, with additional sponsorship from Aberystwyth University and the University of Glamorgan. The journal is also supported by the English Language Section of the Welsh Academy and the University of Wales Association for the Study of Welsh Writing in English.
Belinda Humfrey was the Review's first editor in 1988, and she was succeeded by Michael Parnell, who died within months of becoming editor in 1991. Robin Reeves was appointed editor of the journal in 1991, followed by Victor Golightly (2001-2002), and most recently Francesca Rhydderch (2002-).


Scope and content: The fonds comprises papers, 1950-2002, relating to the New Welsh Review, including correspondence, 1987-2001; editorial papers, 1989-1995 and 2000; contributions to the journal, 1988-2002; administrative papers, mostly concerning marketing and publicity, 1986-2001; together with various accumulated papers, 1950-2001. Papers donated in 1998, and described in NLW Minor Lists and Summaries 1999, have been incorporated within this archive.


Language/script: English mainly; some Welsh.

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW in five series: correspondence, editorial papers, contributions to the journal, marketing and publicity, and accumulated and miscellaneous papers.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply. Copyright on contibutions to the New Welsh Review is jointly owned by the author in question and the journal.

Finding aids: The catalogue can be accessed online.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: A computer disk labelled 'Reviews competition' has been returned to Ms Francesca Rhydderch. Papers containing personal information relating to individuals have been destroyed, together with duplicate copies of documents, and various publications and newspapers which have no apparent connection with the New Welsh Review. A file of papers concerning the case of the dismissal of an Assistant Editor has been closed until 1 March 2021; and a volume listing contributions for the Review, which includes details regarding the authors, is closed until 1 June 2032. Authority to dispose of unwanted papers is given in Departmental Appraisal Form SEB/2008/3.

Accruals: Accruals possible.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Robin Reeves, Cardiff, in September 1998, and by Francesca Rhydderch, Aberystwyth, in November 2002 and May 2004.


Related units of description: Further papers, 1987-1998, relating to the production of the New Welsh Review, including editorial board papers, financial papers, and contributions to the journal with some related correspondence, are held among The Welsh Academy Papers at NLW. Files relating to the journal, 1986-1992, are also included in the Welsh Arts Council archive (1996 Deposit) at NLW (L/1996/25 & 70 and F/186). An additional file containing administrative records, 1991-1996, is included among the Arts Council of Wales Records at NLW (AL1/82). Photographs, posters, slides, and sketches/pictures are also held at NLW (accession numbers: N10609090, N10609122, N10609072, N10609045 respectively).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The earliest documents pre-date the establishment of the New Welsh Review as the archive contains various accumulated papers.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Siân Bowyer.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: copies of New Welsh Review; New Welsh Review website; items within the New Welsh Review archive; NLW, Papurau'r Academi Gymreig/The Welsh Academy Papers catalogue; and Wikipedia.

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

Date(s) of description: May 2008



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