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B L Coombes

Reference code(s): GB 0217 SWCC:MND/14

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Title: B L Coombes

Short title: B L Coombes

Dates of creation: 1901-1960

Level of description: fonds

Extent and medium: 4 boxes, 1 bundle

Name of creator(s): Various

CONTEXT

Administrative and biographical history: B L Coombes was born as Bertie Lewis Coombes Giffiths in 1893 in Wolverhampton. He was brought up in Herefordshire, but later moved to South Wales, settling in Resolven. Working in the mines before World War 1, he turned to writing when he was in his 40s, and was a protégé of John Lehmann.
B L Coombes' works were responses to events and attitudes, he became a self appointed guardian of the truth about the mining industry and communities. The social, political, cultural and industrial context in which he was living must be understood to understand his writings and their impact and significance. Through his writings he spoke for the miners and families everywhere.
The works he best known for are These poor hands: the autobiography of a miner working in South Wales (London 1939), These clouded hills (London, 1944), Miners Day (Harmondsworth 1945).
For more information on B L Coombes please see With Dust Still In His Throat, A B. L. Coombes Anthology Edited by Bill Jones and Chris Williams (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999), and B L Coombes Bill Jones and Chris Williams (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999).

CONTENT

Scope and content: Manuscripts, typescripts and papers relating to B L Coombes' works. Includes These poor hands: the autobiography of a miner working in South Wales , Castell Vale , Home on the Hill , various plays, radio plays and short stories.
Various books and magazines such as The Fortnightly containing works by B L Coombes (1943-1953).
Personal papers relating to B L Coombes' life including St John Ambulance certificates (1926-1929), National College of Labour Colleges certificate (1937), a certificate from the National Eisteddfod Caerphilly (1950), and Sir Arthur Marteham Memorial Prize, University of Sheffield (1947, 1957, 1959-1960).

ACCESS AND USE

System of arrangement: Divided into 3 subfonds; Manuscripts and typescripts, Personal Papers, and Printed works.

Conditions governing access: Please contact the repository regarding this collection.

Conditions governing reproduction: A photocopying service is available. Contact repository for details. No publication without written permission from the Archivist.

Finding aids: A paper list is available.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Finding aid encoded by Julie Anderson July 2003 with reference to B L Coombes Bill Jones and Chris Williams (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999).

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of description: Prior to 16-11-2004


INDEX ENTRIES

Subjects

Authors, English language | Wales

Coal mines and mining | Wales, South

Dramatists, English language

Welsh drama | 20th century

Welsh literature | 20th century

Personal names

Coombes, B. L. (Bert Lewis), 1893-1974

Corporate names

Places