Fonds GB 0210 EGBWEN - E. G. Bowen (Geographer) Papers,

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E. G. Bowen (Geographer) Papers,


  • 1920-1983 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.104 cubic metres (4 boxes, 1 roll)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

E. G. Bowen (Emrys George Bowen) (1900-1983) was born at Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, and graduated from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1923, with first class honours in Geography. He then studied for a Masters degree (1926). After becoming Cecil Prosser Research Fellow at the Welsh National School of Medicine, he returned to Aberystwyth as an assistant lecturer, becoming Gregynog Professor of Geography and Anthroplogy in 1946 until his retirement in 1968. On his retirement, he lectured on church history. He was deeply interested in historical geography and settlement studies. His first published book was Wales, A Study in Geography and History (1941). His writings covered geography, archaeology, history (especially proto-history of the Dark Ages), culture and society of Wales.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by his sister, Miss M. E. Bowen, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, in 1984 and 1986

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Scope and content

Notebooks, 1920-1923, copy of thesis entitled 'Daearyddiaeth Hanesyddol ac Economig Cymru'; drafts of published works, including Saints, seaways and settlements in the Celtic lands (1969), Dewi Sant. Nawdd Sant Cymru / Saint David. Patron Saint of Wales (1983) and 'Distribution of the Crown Livings in England and Wales . . . 1539' (?unpublished); lecture notes when he was Gregynog Professor of Geography and Anthropology at UCW, Aberystwyth, 1947-1968; papers relating to United Theological College, 1976-1983; papers relating to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1978-1983; correspondence addressed to him, 1925-1982; maps, diagrams and posters prepared by him [20th century]; and miscellaneous papers, 1924-1981.

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 three groups: 1984 donastion, 1986 donation, and 1991 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

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Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1984, pp. 3-5, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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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


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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; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); Carter, Prof. H. 'Tribute to Emeritus Professor E.G. Bowen' (Memorial address, 1984).

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