Cardiff University Library: Miscellaneous Collections

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The Collections include the following items of interest:

(1) A scrapbook of letters, pamphlets and cuttings relating to Governor William Sulzer of New York, 1921-22. William Sulzer ran on the Prohibition ticket for the progressive American Party. The scrapbook contains pamphlets issued by The Swastika Science Party, New York, 1915 and by The American Party, New York, 1916. Also enclosed are copies of legal documents relating to a case brought by The Texas-Cherokees and Associate Bands against The State of Texas in 1920. The scrapbook was presented to the Library, University College Cardiff by Emile Carbonnel, New York.

(2) A photocopy of a typescript letter from J. Ramsay Macdonald to H.G. Romeril, MP, 25 August 1931. In the letter Macdonald refers to international financial problems due to the Depression and the proposed cut in unemployment benefit. An accompanying note states that the letter was donated to University College Cardiff by an unknown friend of Mr Romeril in c.1965.

(3) The archive of the Chemical and Physical Society of University College, Cardiff, c.1950-54, together with six books of Physics lecture, laboratory notes. Included are letters from several distinguished scientists, e.g. Lancelot Hogben, P.M.Blackett.

(4) Diaries of the Hon. Priscilla Scott-Ellis (1916-1983), daughter of Thomas, 8th Lord Howard de Walden. There are nine volumes which extend from 1937-1941 and cover the period when Scott-Ellis worked in a military hospital in Spain during the Spanish Civil War ON Franco's Nationalist side. The diaries also describe living and working in London during the Blitz of 1940. The diaries were bequeathed to the Library in 1985.

(5) Press cuttings of theatre reviews, mainly from the Sunday Times, 1944-1978. The collection runs to several hundred cuttings. A small collection of theatre programmes. Presented to the Library by Dr Sara Delamont, Department of Sociology, University College Cardiff, from the estate of Mrs Elisabeth Delamont, c.1980.

(6) Letterbook of Thomas Tod, Secretary to the Commissioners of Inquiry into the Affairs of Malta, October 1836-April 1838.

(7) A leather-bound manuscript book: The Story of Neath Abbey, by Roger Howel, F.G.S. Presented to the Library, University College, Cardiff by the author in 1924.

(8) Typescript of My African Journey, by John Morgan-Griffiths which describes a journey undertaken by the author, probably in 1938, from Durban to Cairo. A separate collection of 57 photographs with captions illustrates the journey. The book contains appendices on various aspects of Africa, including one on 'The Jews' (with reference to a proposed settlement of a Jewish homeland in Uganda); relations between 'coloured' and white people; the conditions and life of the 'natives' of Central and East Africa. The book and photographs were donated to the Library, University College, Cardiff in 1948.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Miscellaneous Collections consist of 46 individually listed entries. The manuscripts and documents have been given to Cardiff University by a variety of donators since the inauguration of University College Cardiff.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.


Compiled by Elizabeth Pengilly with Peter Keelan.

Other Finding Aids

A Handlist of the collections. Priscilla Scott-Ellis experiences during the Spanish Civil War may be read in her book entitled: The chances of death: a diary of the Spanish Civil War, Priscilla Scott-Ellis; ed. Raymond Carr, (Michael Russell, 1995).