Fonds GB 0210 DRHYSIPS - D. Rhys Phillips Papers,

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D. Rhys Phillips Papers,


  • 1622-1951 (accumulated [c.1875-1951]) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.461 cubic metres (25 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

David Rhys Phillips, 'Beili Glas' (1862-1952) from the vale of Neath, Glamorgan, became librarian of the Welsh Department of the Swansea Public Library, and was responsible for the Celtic collection. He was one of the founders and the first honorary secretary of the Welsh Bibliographical Society, and honorary secretary and editor of the Celtic Congress. He did freelance work throughout his life, including for the reading and editorial section of the Oxford University Press. He worked to improve the study of librarianship in Wales. He was a successful competitor at the National Eisteddfod in literary competitions, and was an active member of the Gorsedd. His main interest, however, was the history of the vale of Neath; his magnum opus, The history of the vale of Neath, was published in 1925.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased in 1952 and 1953.

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Scope and content

Research and original papers acquired by D. Rhys Phillips, mainly towards a history of the vale of Neath, 1622-1897, including extracts from the letter-books of Alfred Fox of the Neath Abbey Coal Co., 1820-1858, and accounts of the Vale of Neath Railway, 1850-1862; and material towards a history of Swansea, 1622-1814. Papers relating to Nonconformity, 1657-1921, music and hymn books, 1820-1933, Neath Abbey Coal Co., 1865-1874, dialect words, place names, tribannau Morgannwg, poetry, proverbs and folklore, 1896-1948. Correspondence, 1855-1951.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into papers, 1637-1951 (1-480), sub-divided by content, and correspondence, 1855-1951 (1-5941).

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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.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

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

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Publication note

Numerous publications, including The Celtic Countries: their literary and library activities (1915), A nation and its books (1916), and The history of the Vale of Neath (1925).

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Description created by ANW project. The following source was used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Schedule of D. Rhys Phillips Papers. Includes original papers that pre-date D. Rhys Phillips.

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