Fonds GB 0210 DANGAN - Daniel Protheroe and Rhys Morgan Papers,

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Daniel Protheroe and Rhys Morgan Papers,


  • 1893-1954 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.09 cubic metres (5 boxes, 2 volumes).

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Daniel Protheroe (1866-1934), composer and conductor, was born in November 1866 in Ystradgynlais, Breconshire, the son of Daniel and Eleanor Protheroe. He emigrated to Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1885. He graduated in music in 1890, and was later awarded a doctorate. He conducted various choral societies at the Scranton Cymmrodorion Choral Society, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Illinois, where he lived until his death, teaching at the Sherwood Music School, and was Musical Director of the Central Church, Chicago. He visited Wales frequently to adjudicate and conduct. He composed anthems and hymn-tunes which continue to be popular with congregations and male voice choirs. He was the author of Arwain Corau (1914) and Nodau damweiniol a d'rawyd o dro i dro (1924). Rhys Morgan ('The Welsh Tenor', 1892-1961), singer and conductor, was born at Ynysmeudwy, Glamorgan, the son of John and Mary Thomas Morgan, and grew up at nearby Gelli-nudd. He emigrated to the USA in 1913, with his wife, Mary Ellen Gabe, and their three month old son, settling in Chicago, where he became a pupil of Daniel Protheroe. He later moved to New York, winning acclaim as an operatic singer, and was known as the 'Welsh Caruso'. He toured the USA and Canada with a varied repertoire including Welsh folk songs. He made several recordings, conducted at singing festivals in the USA, and composed works for his own choirs, as well as arranging Welsh folk songs.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from Mr Theodore Buonocere, New York, in August 1982 and January 1995.

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Scope and content

Papers of Daniel Protheroe including drafts of manuscript music, 1917-1954; manuscript music books containing drafts of compositions and arrangements for male voices; printed personal Christmas cards containing personal composed carols, 1913-1932; correspondence, 1911-1935, dealing with copyright, publishing and royalty agreements; royalty certificates, 1893-1898; programmes of concerts and religious services; and papers of Rhys Morgan including drafts of manuscript, duplicate and printed copies of music; correspondence, 1924-1928; memorabilia relating to his career and family photographs.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: Daniel Protheroe papers; Rhys Morgan papers.

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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.

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Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Title compiled from content of fonds.

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Institution identifier

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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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the the ANW project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Schedules of Daniel Protheroe and Rhys Morgan Papers; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959);

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