Fonds GB 0210 DVAMAS - D. Vaughan Thomas Music Manuscripts and papers,

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D. Vaughan Thomas Music Manuscripts and papers,


  • 1841-1986 (accumulated 1885-1986) / (Creation)

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0.409 cubic metres (15 boxes)

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Hanes bywgraffyddol

David Vaughan Thomas (1873-1934), musician and composer, was born at Ystalyfera, Glamorgan. He attended Llandovery College and Exeter College, Oxford, where he gained a Musical Doctorate. He taught at Harrow School, Middlesex, before returning to Wales to devote himself to music. In 1927 he became overseas examiner for Trinity College, London, and travelled extensively in the Commonwealth. His chief works are 'Llyn y fan', 'A Song for St Cecilia's Day' and 'The Bard'; he wrote a large number of anthems and songs, in English and Welsh, arrangements of folk songs and hymns, and instrumental works, many of which remain unpublished. In 1906, he married Morfydd Lewis, and had three sons, including Wynford Vaughan-Thomas (1908-1987), author and broadcaster. He died in 1934.

Hanes archifol

The archive contains some material added by members of the family after his death. The main group of papers were held by the family in "the tin box brought from 40 Glanmor Park Road" until 1951, when its contents were sorted into parcels by Mr A. S. Vaughan Thomas and listed.


Donated by the family of D. Vaughan Thomas, Swansea, 1935, and Mr A. S. Vaughan Thomas, Barnet, 1970, 1983

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Music manuscripts and papers of David Vaughan Thomas, 1841-1986, including personal papers of D. Vaughan Thomas, 1885-1932; correspondence, 1906-1945; musical compositions, 'Llyn y Fan', songs and hymns, [c. 1906]-[c. 1933]; published compositions, 1906-1933; lecture notes, [c. 1910]-1930; press cuttings, 1910-1938; and miscellaneous family papers, 1841-1986, including papers of Vaughan Thomas's grandfather and programme of a centenary concert, 1973.

Gwerthuso, dinistrio ac amserlennu

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


Accruals are not expected.

System o drefniant

The arrangement follows, as far as possible, the bundles identified in the 1951 listing. Additional material is arranged by accession, then chronologically.

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Amodau rheoli mynediad

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

Amodau rheoli atgynhyrchu

The permission of the depositor is required before reproduction of the major works is allowed.

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Sgript o ddeunydd

Nodiadau iaith a sgript

Welsh, English; music in conventional notation and Tonic Sol-fa..

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Cymhorthion chwilio

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

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Unedau o ddisgrifiad cysylltiedig

Further papers are NLW MS 21223E, a full score of the cantata 'Llyn y Fan' and NLW MS 21224E, an interlude for trumpet, harp and strings, and a group of thirty hymn tunes composed in 1932. Many of his adjudications can be found in the National Eisteddfod archive. He is also represented in the Welsh Music Information Centre Archive held at the Library.

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Title compiled from content of fonds. Correspondence and other papers relating to D. Vaughan Thomas post-dating his death were added by his family. Some records collected by D. Vaughan Thomas pre-date his birth.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dyddiadau creadigaeth adolygiad dilead

April 2003.


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Nodyn yr archifydd

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: National Library of Wales, Catalogue of D. Vaughan Thomas Music Manuscripts; The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

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