Fonds GB 0210 COLEMAN - Coleman collection of deeds

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Coleman collection of deeds


  • [16 cent.]-[19 cent.] (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.544 cubic metres (19 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

James Coleman was a collector from London who collected over 50,000 deeds from England and Wales, including about 950 documents relating to Wales. Some of the deeds he had collected relating to Wales had been sold prior to the NLW's purchase.

Archival history

The deeds were collected by James Coleman. Some of the deeds had been disposed of before the National Library came into existence. Some counties have a limited number of deeds as a result.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from the representatives of Mr James Coleman, 1911.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Deeds and other documents, [16 cent.]-[19 cent.], collected by James Coleman, relating to Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire, and Radnorshire, in Wales; and Cornwall, Cumberland, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, and Suffolk, in England.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged in alphabetical order. The calendar presents the items grouped by county .

Conditions of access and use area

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 laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

Latin, Welsh, English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Published Calendar of Deeds and Documents, vol. 1: The Coleman Deeds (Aberystwyth, 1921). The finding aid is avaiable online.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title based on name of collector.

Alternative identifier(s)

Virtua system control number


Project identifier


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Description identifier

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2003


  • English



The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Calendar of Deeds and Documents, vol. 1: The Coleman Deeds (Aberystwyth, 1921).

Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project.

Accession area