Fonds GB 0210 ALUVIES - Alun Oldfield-Davies Papers

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Alun Oldfield-Davies Papers


  • 1928-1988 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.009 cubic metres (1 box)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Alun Oldfield-Davies (1905-1988) was born in Cheshire but was educated in Wales, having attended schools in the Rhondda and university at Aberystwyth. He embarked on a teaching career but also made frequent broadcasts in Welsh about current affairs. He joined the BBC in 1937 and was regional controller for Wales from 1945 to 1967. Outside his official work he was chairman of the Central Advisory Council for the Welsh Department of the Ministry of Information, president of the National Museum and of the Welsh Council for Education in World Citizenship, a member of the Welsh Arts Council and several other committees. He was made an honorary member of the Cymmrodorion and was awarded the CBE in 1955. His private interests included the life and works of the artist and writer, David Jones (1895-1974), with whom he was personally acquainted.

Archival history

Bequeathed by the creator to Dr Prys Morgan, Swansea.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The papers of David Jones were donated by Dr. Prys Morgan, Swansea, in December 1988.

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Scope and content

Papers of Alun-Oldfield Davies, 1928-1988, relating mainly to the artist and writer David Jones, including an original water-colour inscription, 1954; photographs of inscriptions, personalised and sent as greetings cards , 1958-1961; letters from David Jones to Alun Oldfield-Davies, 1954-1962; papers concerning the fate of David Jones's manuscripts and pictures, 1971-1976; miscellaneous items including lists of works by David Jones for exhibitions, 1972-1976, a radio talk broadcast in 1954 and articles on his life and work, 1954-1988. The additional papers comprise a copy of John Morris-Jones, Penillion Omar Khayyam (Gregynog Press, 1928), formerly in the possession of Colonel Richard C. Ruck (1887-1973), containing his manuscript annotations in Persian, Welsh and English, with letters from his widow concerning the bequest of the volume to Alun Oldfield-Davies, 1973-1974; and a notebook containing reminiscences in Welsh ('Stori fy mywyd') of the Reverend Jonathan Oldfield-Davies (1876-1960), Congregationalist minister and father of Alun Oldfield-Davies.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged as follows: original water-colour inscription by David Jones; photographs of inscriptions, personalised and sent as greetings cards; letters by David Jones to Dr Oldfield-Davies; file of papers relating to the fates of D.J.'s manuscripts and pictures; miscellaneous items; a copy of Penillion Omar Khayyam; correspondence relating to its bequest to Oldfield-Davies; and the notebook of Jonathan Oldfield-Davies.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Persian.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1989, pp. 61-63, 1991, p.52 at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Title supplied from name of depositor.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2004


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1989; 1991; Swansea Institute website (, viewed 14 May 2003; MuseumTV website (, viewed 19 January 2004.

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