Report on The Raymond Williams Collection published


The Raymond Williams Collection: A Report represents the culmination of long endeavour to bring to view unpublished manuscripts, notebooks, letters, diaries and papers that the academic writer and novelist Raymond Williams left in part discarded, often neglected.

The Collection itself is held in the Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University, and has been catalogued courtesy of funding from the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust. The papers of the renowned cultural critic and writer Raymond Williams (1921-1988) range from the creative works of his childhood through his time at Cambridge and World War Two, to his later academic life. The Collection reveals the development of this leading intellectual figure.

The work of bringing the Collection to hand has been completed by numerous people, some of whom appear in this report. The Collection is now open to view in Swansea, and accessible by means of online catalogue. Now, with these more personal materials available, it becomes possible to better understand the life and how to build on the work of Raymond Williams.

This report carries an account of how the Collection came to be, a description of its contents and projects taking on from where Raymond left off, and practical details of access and content. If it encourages use of the Collection, then it will have succeeded; however the Report also makes for an interesting read.

The Richard Burton Archives: the home of Swansea University's archive collections are situated in the Library & Information Centre, building 7 on the Campus Map, and are open to all.

The Raymond Williams Collection: A Report is available to buy from the Parthian bookshop, priced at £5.00.

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