Records of the Association of Bookmen of Swansea and West Wales

Scope and Content

SL AB 1/1. Minutes 1943-1961; SL AB 2/1. Constitution c. 1943; SL AB 3-6. Membership records 1944-1952 and n.d.; SL AB 7-9. Financial records 1944-1964; SL AB 10-13. Correspondence 1948-1962; SL AB 14/1-2. Programmes, 1946-1961; SL AB 15/1. Records relating to West Wales Writers, n.d.; SL AB 16/1. Records relating to E. Howard Harris, 1961; SL AB 17/1-2. Records relating to Ernest Rhys, 1934-1946 and n.d.; SL AB 18. News cuttings c. 1945-1950

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Bookmen was formed in October 1943 at a meeting convened by E. Howard Harris and held at the Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea. Its aim was to promote literary activities in Swansea and south-west Wales, and it flourished during the' 1940s and 1950s when it was active in inviting prominent authors of the period to address the membership. The Association appears to have become defunct during the early 1960s, after the death of its founder in 1961.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy catalogue is available at West Glamorgan Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Custodial History

This collection was originally received and held by Swansea Library and later transferred to West Glamorgan Archives.


Accruals are possible.