Swansea Statistical Survey Collection

Scope and Content

Surveys, 1837 and 1839; Correspondence, 1838-1839; Statistical accounts, c.1838-1839; Newspaper cuttings, c.1838

Administrative / Biographical History

The Swansea Statistical Survey was established by the Committee of the Royal Institution of South Wales in 1838 to prepare a complete statistical survey and account of Swansea to be published in the annual report of the Royal Institute of 1839. The Statistical Committee also studied the coal trade, population and the weather amongst other things.


The collection was originally listed at University College, Swansea, where an interpretation of the original order was made. This catalogue lists the items chronologically under the headings stated in Scope and content.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

The records were originally held at The Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea. From 1966 onwards the records were moved to the library in the University College, Swansea in consignments. They were transferred to West Glamorgan Archive Service in the Spring of 2004.


Compiled by Katie Millien for the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records transferred to the West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

Geographical Names