Fonds GB 0210 DAVGOR - David Thomas (Bangor) Papers,

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David Thomas (Bangor) Papers,


  • 1878-1929 (accumulated [c. 1900]-1929) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.086 cubic metres (3 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

David Thomas (1880-1967), educationalist, author and Labour Party activist, was born in Llanfechain, Montgomeryshire, and became a pupil-teacher in Llanfyllin, 1895-1899. He became a qualified teacher in 1905, and worked in several schools in Caernarfonshire. Thomas worked to establish labour unions and branches of the Independent Labour Party in North Wales, assisting in the foundation of the Caernarfonshire Labour Council in 1912 and the North Wales Labour Council in 1914. Thomas was an effective speaker and radio broadcaster and wrote many articles, pamphlets and books on political, historical and literary subjects. His works include Y Werin a'i Theyrnas, Y Blaid Lafur a Dinasyddiaeth y Gwiethiwr (1912), Y Cynganeddion Cymreig (1923) and Y Ddinasyddiaeth Fawr (1938). He had a keen interest in adult education and was a tutor at the Worker's Educational Association in Caernarfonshire from 1928-1959. He recieved an MA from the University of Liverpool in 1928.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by David Thomas's son, Mr Arial M. Thomas, Llanwnda, 1969

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Scope and content

Correspondence of David Thomas, 1907-1929, together with pamphlets, reports and other printed items relating mainly to socialism, the Independent Labour Party, workers' unions, agricultural wages, publication of Y Werin a'i Theyrnas, local committees in North Wales for improvement of social conditions, the Caernarfonshire parliamentary election, 1922, and miscellaneous unspecified subjects; incomplete copies of David Thomas's printed works, articles and parts of his thesis, 1928; account books, [c. 1878]-1910, belonging chiefly to John Williams, Bwlchgwyn, Denbighshire; a small notebook containing literary adjudications in connection with an eisteddfod at Tal-y-sarn, 1908, and translations of six stories from French into Welsh by `Morfudd' [Miss H. Jones, Porth] and `Nehushtan' [N. El. Thomas, Swansea], entered at the Barry National Eisteddfod 1920.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: files of correspondence and printed and duplicated items; unnumbered files; and other items.

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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.

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Title compiled from content of fonds. Some account books collected by David 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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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

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 David Thomas (Bangor) Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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