Fonds GB 0210 MSDSAMUEL - David Samuel manuscripts

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David Samuel manuscripts


  • 1816-1930 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

38 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

David Samuel (Dewi o Geredigion), schoolmaster and writer, was born in Aberystwyth and graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 1879. In 1887 he opened a private grammar school at Aberystywth and, in 1896, was appointed headmaster of Ardwyn, the town's new county school. Under the influence of Daniel Silvan Evans, David Samuel cultivated a great interest in the Welsh language and Welsh literature and contributed a great many articles to Welsh periodicals. He adjudicated at eisteddfodau and served as examiner on behalf of Gorsedd y Beirdd, and also edited a collection of Welsh ballads entitled Cerddi Cymru (Caernarfon, 19--).


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Scope and content

Papers, 1816-1930, of David Samuel (Dewi o Geredigion), including material mainly of Aberystwyth interest; correspondence; lectures and articles; examination papers in Welsh grammar, literature and history; and miscellaneous notes.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 2809-2846.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

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Welsh, English.

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Title based on contents of fonds.


Formerly known as David Samuel 1-38.

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2005 and June 2009.




The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953)

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans.

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