Fonds GB 0210 CWRTMAWR - Cwrtmawr Deeds,

Identity area

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Cwrtmawr Deeds,


  • 1515-1898 (accumulated [1891]-[1926]) / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1.073 cubic metres (1,753 items)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

John Humphreys Davies (1871-1926) of Cwrtmawr, Llangeitho, Cardiganshire, was a bibliographer, and Principal of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1919-1926. He had a deep interest in Welsh literature and culture, manifested in his acquisition of a vast collection of Welsh manuscripts, books and deeds. Davies was one of the chief supporters of the National Library of Wales before and after its foundation, and he bequeathed his collection to the Library.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated and bequeathed by John Humphreys Davies, Cwrtmawr, 1926.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Deeds and documents, 1515-1898, relating principally to Wales, in particular Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire and Glamorgan. The collection does not relate to a single particular family or estate, but the Cardiganshire documents mainly relate to Aberystwyth and Llanbadarn Fawr.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically within two groups: deeds and documents, 1515-1898 (no's 1-1652), and additional deeds and documents, 1720-1895 (no's 1653-1753).

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 regulations apply.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers collected by John Humphreys Davies are in National Library of Wales, Cwrtmawr Manuscripts.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title derived from domicile of the donor, J. H. Davies.

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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

February 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: National Library of Wales, Schedule of Cwrt Mawr Deeds;

Accession area