Glamorgan Archives is 75 this year. We share seniority in Wales with our neighbour, Gwent: they were the first to set up an archive service (1938) but we were the first to appoint an archivist (1939). The county showed impeccable timing with the result that our anniversary year will also be shared with two world wars and one national strike to name but a few of the major commemorations we will also be marking in 2014.
The first County Archivist, Emyr Gwynne Jones, soon moved on, becoming Bangor University’s Librarian in 1946. He has had only 4 successors and this continuity of senior staff is reflected in the continuity of the service’s core function, defined by Madeleine Elsas in 1959 as: “the task of preserving records, restoring them, collecting additional material about the geographical county, and making these records freely available.”
To celebrate our 75 years of care for the documents of Glamorgan we have trawled the lists of accessions and extracted the 75th deposit received in each year. Some of them have been transferred, some have been removed from the Collection. Some years fewer than 75 accessions were received. All illustrate something about the history and development of local authority archive services in general and Glamorgan Archives in particular. Archive staff will be blogging about the 75s throughout the year, either as single items or as categories.
We hope you’ll enjoy reading our blog and we look forward to receiving your comments.