GB 0210 DRHHES
D. R. Hughes Papers,
- 1835-1955 (accumulated -1955) / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.114 cubic metres (4 boxes)
Name of creator
David Rowland Hughes, 'Myfyr Eifion' (1874-1953), was a National Eisteddfod secretary. He was born in Holywell, Flintshire, and attended school in Porthmadog and Bangor, both in Caernarfonshire, and Llandudno Collegiate School (1888-1891). He went to the University Colleges of Wales in Bangor (1891-1892) and Aberystwyth, but did not complete his degree. After teaching in Llandudno for a year, he went to London in 1894, where he stayed for forty-five years, until he retired from the United Dairies Ltd, and moved to Colwyn Bay. He became a leading figure among the London Welsh, contributing to many different activities, corresponding with writers, and collecting historical and literary materials. He was the joint secretary of the London National Eisteddfod of 1909, and became secretary of the National Eisteddfod Association, 1935-1936, and as joint secretary, 1937-1947, organised the Eisteddfod during the difficult war years. He married Maggie Ellis of London, in 1903, and they had three daughters. He died 29 August 1953 and was buried at Bron-y-nant Cemetery, Colwyn Bay.
The papers were given to the donor by the widow of D. R. Hughes in October 1955.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated by Mr W. Emyr Williams, Ll.B., Wrexham, 1955.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Letters, 1902-1947, to D. R. Hughes; letters of literary interest, 1835-1902, collected by D. R. Hughes; material relating to the National Eisteddfod, 1881-1944, including poetry, 1881-1936; miscellaneous periodicals and books, 1904-1945; manuscript and newspaper cuttings belonging to the Rev. John Jones, Talysarn, Sir John H. Puleston and T. R. Roberts, [1857x1940].
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 broadly into the following: newspaper cuttings; letters; and eisteddfod-related material.
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
The usual copyright regulations apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available on-line.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some earlier material was collected by D. R. Hughes. A letter from D. R. Hughes' widow to the donor postdates his death.
Virtua system control number
Place access points
Name access points
- Hughes, D. R. (David Rowland), 1874-1953 (Creator)
- Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru. (Subject)
- Hughes, D. R. (David Rowland), 1874-1953 -- Archives. (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
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
Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of Manuscripts from the library of Mr D. R. Hughes, MA, London and Old Colwyn; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).