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The Library has collected papers and manuscripts belonging to:

  • poets
  • authors
  • playwrights
  • archdruids
  • journalists
  • scholars

who became famous during the 20th century. 

What about looking at a draft copy of the most popular Welsh novel written in the 20th century, Cysgod y Cryman by Islwyn Ffowc Elis, or a draft of Y Stafell Ddirgel by Marion Eames, and Cyfres Rwdlan by Angharad Tomos?

Why not read Saunders Lewis’ letters to Kate Roberts, or Rhydwen Williams and Alwyn D Rees when they were editing Barn? Why not take a look at the diaries of Caradog Prichard or Euros Bowen?

There is a wide range of poetry, such as a manuscript copy of Caniadau Gwili, R Williams Parry’s handwritten copies of Cerddi’r Gaeaf, a manuscript copy of the victorious ode Y Mynach by Gwenallt, and Y Mynydd ode by T H Parry-Williams.

Some authors who figure most prominently in our collections

Here are some authors who figure most prominently in our collections, but not everything is included here, and you should search the catalogues for further details. Access to those archives which have been catalogued is available by searching the NLW Archives and Manuscripts catalogue.