Records of the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society

Scope and Content

Records collected by the Welsh Agricultural Organsiation Society, 1939-1979, including correspondence and financial records of Pembrokeshire-based societies and groups, including Pembroke Quality Livestock and Pembroke Quality Lamb Group, 1972-1977; Pembrokeshire Early Potato Growers' Association, 1962-1970; Haverfordwest Agricultural Co-operative Society, 1956-1977; Crymych Seed Potato Growers Ltd, 1939-1949; Crymych and District Farmers' Association, 1958-1970; North Pembrokeshire Weaner Group, 1964-1974; records of Pembrokeshire forage groups, 1970-1975; and records of Pembrokeshire rabbit clearance societies, 1958-1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society Ltd (WAOS) is a central body for agricultural co-operation. Its function is to promote, represent and offer leadership to local societies and co-ordinate their activities. It was founded in 1922 as the result of restructuring of the Agricultural Organisation Society and is funded by subscriptions from member bodies and by grants. In the course of its work, it accumulated records of the member bodies.


Arranged according to subject

Access Information

Restriced access. Files under 30 years old may not be seen without the written permission of WAOS. Permission will not be forthcoming when such files relate to job applications, debts and County Court actions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr Daniel Huws, Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Records, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1985.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Records of the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society, Aberystwyth, catalogue; NLW, Schedule of the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society Archive.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

The WAOS records were deposited in the National Library of Wales, [c. 1984]. Files relating to individual counties were then distributed to local Record Offices. The majority of the Society's pre-1945 records were destroyed when moving into new premises in 1958.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Papers of the central administration and of national and affiliated societies are in National Library of Wales, Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society Archive.