Fonds GB 0210 DANJON - Daniel Jones Archive,

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Daniel Jones Archive,


  • 1903-2014. (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1996 and 1999 Donations: 101 grey archival boxes of various sizes;
2014 Donation: 1 large and 1 small archival boxes;
2018 Purchase: 1 outsize, 1 large archive box, 1 small archive box.
2019 Purchase: 1 small archive box.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Daniel Jenkyn Jones, Welsh composer and conductor, was born in Pembroke, 7 December 1912. He grew up in a musical family; his father, Jenkyn Jones, was a composer and his mother a singer. He was educated at Swansea Grammar School, 1924-31, and at University College, Swansea, 1931-4, where he graduated with first class honours in English Literature. He gained an MA degree in 1939 for a thesis on 'Elizabethan Lyric Poetry and its Relations with Contemporary Music'. In 1935 he entered the Royal Academy of Music where he studied conducting with Sir Henry Wood, composition with Harry Farjeon and the viola and horn. The Mendelssohn Travelling Scholarship for Composition enabled him to live in Rome and Vienna and travel extensively on the continent, 1936-7. During the Second World War he served as a captain in the Intelligence Corps, 1940-6. On demobilization he returned to live in Swansea where he remained for the rest of his life, working full time as a composer. Here he was part of a circle of friends which included Dylan Thomas. In 1951 Daniel Jones won the first prize of the Royal Philharmonic Society with his 'Symphonic Prologue' and in the same year was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music (Wales). He was awarded an Honorary DLitt degree in 1970. In 1954 he won the Italia Prize for his incidental music to Under Milk Wood. He was appointed an OBE in 1968. Daniel Jones died on 23 April 1993.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs Cathrin Roberts and Mr Rob Roberts, the composer's daughter and son-in-law; Donation; November 1996 (see Annual Report 1996-97, p. 62)

Mrs Cathrin Roberts and Mr Rob Roberts per Mr Giles Easterbrook, Daniel Jones's agent; Donation; June 1999

Mrs Cathrin Roberts and Mr Rob Roberts; Southsea; Donation; October 2014

Mrs Cathrin Roberts and Mr Rob Roberts; Southsea; Purchase; January 2015

Mrs Cathrin Roberts and Mr Rob Roberts; Southsea; Purchase; October 2018

Mrs Cathrin Roberts and Mr Rob Roberts; Southsea; Purchase; October 2019

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The archive comprises music manuscripts divided into juvenalia and early works, [1917x1934], orchestral works, 1933-1992, concertos, 1943-1986, instrumental and chamber music, [1930x1993], piano music, 1930-1955, organ music, 1973-1978, choral music, 1950-1979, solo voice with accompaniment, 1934, oratorio and cantatas, 1958-1987, sacred music, 1949-1974, opera, 1961-1968, incidental music, [1930x1960], miscellaneous papers, 1934-1936, and sketches. There are also letters to Daniel Jones, 1918-1993, copies of letters written by Daniel Jones, 1931-1991, material relating to compositions, 1946-1993, lectures, articles and scripts, [c. 1951]-[1990], adjudications, reports and reviews, [1953x1993], thesis, notes and bibliographies, [1925x1993], papers of Egyptian, Mexican and Oriental interest, correspondence and papers, [1925x1993], relating to Daniel Jones's visit to Czechoslovakia in 1955, his visit to the Soviet Union in 1960, papers concerning various guilds and committees, 1949-1992, papers concerning the Swansea Amateur Symphony Orchestra, [c. 1931]-[c. 1932], papers relating to questions of contracts and copyright, 1948-1960, personalia, divided into honours and certificates, 1929-1993, competitions and higher degrees, 1935-1954, curricula vitae and testimonials, 1939-1954, photograph album and scrapbooks, 1937-1960, miscellaneous papers, 1925-1957. There are also printed materials, [1914x1993], and press cuttings, 1945-1993, relating to Daniel Jones's life and to performances of his work. There is also a group of the papers of Jenkin Jones, comprising music manuscripts, 1917-1934, correspondence, 1903-1935, an essay, 1935, copyright material, 1916-1917, printed material, 1903-1918, and press cuttings, 1905-1918.

A further small group of papers comprising letters, articles, reviews and programmes were received October 2014. This group was introduced as the final Sub-fonds, entitled 2014 Donation, in January 2016. Also, spool tapes of music and a collection of cassettes were received and transferred to NSSAW.

Two manuscripts: Under Milk Wood score and Fourteen Leider peices were received January 2015. See description for Series A and Series M for further information.

Further correspondence, diaries and notes received in 2018.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: With exception of some duplicate copies, all records have been retained..


Further accessions are unlikely.

System of arrangement

Arranged into four groups: Music manuscripts: juvenalia and early works; orchestral works; concertos; instrumental and chamber music; piano music; organ music; choral music; solo voice with accompaniment; oratorio and cantatas; sacred music; opera; incidental music; miscellaneous papers; sketches. Papers: letters to Daniel Jones; copies of letters from Daniel Jones; material relating to compositions; lectures, articles and scripts; adjudications, reports and reviews; thesis, notes and bibliographies; Egyptian, Mexican and Oriental interest; visit to Czechoslovakia, 1955; visit to the Soviet Union, 1960; guilds and committees; Swansea Amateur Symphony Orchestra; contracts and copyright; personalia; printed material; press cuttings. Papers of Jenkin Jones: music manuscripts; correspondence; essay; copyright material; printed material; press cuttings. 2014 Donation: correspondence; personalia; articles, notes and reviews; printed material; Jenkyn Jones. 2018 Purchase: correspondence; personalia; articles notes on Dylan Thomas.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Language of material

Script of material

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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

Three photographs [received as part of 1996 or 1999 donations] were transferred to the then Department of Pictures and Maps (Photo album 1034). Also, spool tapes of music and a box of cassettes received as part of the October 2014 donation have been transferred to NSSAW, 29 October 2014.

The following items are located at NLW: D.Mus. Thesis which is a compositions of Daniel Jenkyn Jones, awarded in 1951 (University of Wales Theses, 1951/79); letters sent to Daniel Jones, 16/18 November 1953, relating to Dylan Thomas's funeral arrangements (NLW MS 24044D, ff. 15-18); and reproduction copies of music scores and instrumental parts written by Daniel Jones especially for the Delmé Quartet (NLW ex 2897).

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.


Preferred citation: 2018/1/1.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

July 2006. March 2022.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: NLW, Catalogue of the Daniel Jones Archive;

Archivist's note

2018 and 2019 purchases compiled by Robert Evans.

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