Fonds GB 0210 NOEIES - Dr Noelle Davies Papers,

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Dr Noelle Davies Papers,


  • 1934-1957 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.23 cubic metres (19 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Noelle Davies, née Ffrench, of Busby Park, Ireland, married David James Davies (1893-1956), economist, in 1925. They had met at the International People's College, Elsinore, Denmark. They became active in the Welsh Nationalist Party (now Plaid Cymru) when it was founded in 1925. In 1932, they bought Pantybeiliau mansion, Gilwern, Monmouthshire, and attempted unsuccessfully to establish a folk school. They remained active in Plaid Cymru, and became involved in the dispute over the legal status of Monmouthshire. After her husband's death in 1956, Noelle moved back to Ireland. She died in 1983.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated in three groups: by Dr Ceinwen Thomas, Cardiff, per Prof. A. O. H. Jarman, Cardiff, in November 1983

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers, correspondence and press cuttings relating to Ireland, 1926-1978; Plaid Cymru, 1929-1965; Welsh political, economic and social affairs, 1931-1962; Pantybeiliau Folk School, 1933-1938; world economics, socialism and communism, 1934-1951; and Brittany, 1946; and personal papers, including correspondence, 1924-1978, diaries, 1921-1979, and academic papers, 1922-1946.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into numerous categories (subject and material type) according to date of donation.

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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.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1984, pp. 18-21, 1987, pp. 23-31, and 1988, pp. 11-12, at the National Library of Wales.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

A small bundle of photographs was transferred to NLW Department of Pictures & Maps (PE 5533; NLW photographic album 642).

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project.The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Minor lists and summaries 1984; Dictionary of Welsh biography, 1941-1970 (2001).

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