Denbighshire Record Office
Wrexham Library MSS
Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/WL
Title: Wrexham Library MSS
Short title: Wrexham Library collection of papers
Dates of creation: 1620-1959
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 0.475 cubic metres (25 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Wrexham Library
Administrative and biographical history: Wrexham Public Library was opened in 1887 and was run by Wrexham Borough Council. It collected a large body of material relating to the area; in 1974, this was transferred to Clwyd Record Office, Denbighshire Area Office. The material includes single items and larger collections from James, James and Hatch, solicitors, Wrexham, Denbighshire, who dealt with properties in Anglesey, Denbighshire and Flintshire; and C. G. Caldecott, a pharmaceutical chemist in Wrexham, who collected a series of lantern slides which covered a wide variety of subjects, including foreign tours of Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Spain, local topics such as ancient monuments, churches, historic houses and the countryside around Wrexham.
Scope and content: Records collected by Wrexham Library, 1620-1959, including the papers of James, James and Hatch, solicitors, including deeds relating to Bangor, Gresford, Holt, Llangollen, Minera, Ruabon and Wrexham, 1620-1911; papers relating to Wrexham and District, 1759-1963, including Erddig estate papers, 1922-1935; maps and plans, [18th century]-1906; papers of the Wrexham National Eisteddfod, 1931-1933; sale particulars and plans, 1855-1950; papers relating to education in Denbighshire, [c. 1872]-1913; miscellaneous, 1713-1959.; and series of glass lantern slides and glass negatives, compiled by C. G. Caldecott, [c. 1900]-[c. 1925].
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: deeds; Wrexham and district; maps and plans; Wrexham Royal National Eisteddfod; sale plans and particulars; education; miscellaneous; and lantern slides and glass negatives.
Conditions governing access: Access to some documents within this collection may be restricted due to Data Protection legislation. Please contact Denbighshire Record Office for further information. The lantern slides have been copied onto contact prints for public use to prevent deterioration of the originals.
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Denbighshire Record Office.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred from Wrexham Borough Library, Denbighshire, by the County Librarian, per the Area Librarian, Wrexham, 1974.
Note: Title supplied from name of collector. The archive contains earlier material accumulated by the Library.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Denbighshire Record Office, Catalogue, Wrexham Library MSS.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: March 2004