GLAM Survey of Collecting Policy & Practice:
Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives

The Archive holds the largest extant collection of Edward Thomas archives (1878-1917), extending to over 15 linear metres of material and ranging from correspondence to photographs; this is a very rich research collection. The Benjamin Joseph Morse collection (1899-1977) includes major sets of correspondence (c.10 linear metres) with the family of the German speaking poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), plus other continental writers of the twentieth century, including Albert Mombert (1872-1942). The Salisbury MSS, a miscellaneous collection of Enoch Salisbury (1809-1890) plus additions, contains correspondence of many minor Welsh writers of the twentieth century; this extends to c.5 linear metres. A recent accession has been the literary papers of the Cardiff academic Prof Bernard Knight (C.B.E.), one of Britain’s most distinguished and well known academic forensic pathologists, a Home Office pathologist, and a writer of crime fiction; this extends to three metres, and includes literary manuscripts, correspondence, TV/radio scripts, etc.

Recent Acquisitions

Description of acquisition (including extent) Type of acquisition Source of acquisition
1. Myfanwy Thomas letters Gift Approach to owner
2. Prof. Donald Thomas archive Gift Offer from owner
3. Ann Griffiths digitized letters In cooperation with National Library of Wales. Cardiff University initiated this project.(funded by grant)

For further information or enquiries, please contact Cardiff University Special Collections direct.

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