- [17 cent., first ¼]-[1913x1918] (Creation)
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Name of creator
Edward Griffith was born in Barmouth. He established a flourishing draper's business in Dolgellau and became involved to a great degree in the public life of the town. He became a noted local historian, writing a series of articles on the Quakers in Y Geninen and, in 1880, he was made a justice of the peace. He strove to promote education in the area and was a member of the governing body of Dr Williams's school.
Some of the manuscripts were once in the possession of Evan Jones (Ieuan Gwynedd), David Richards (Dafydd Ionawr) and Robert Oliver Rees. NLW MS 2691D was once in the possession of the Owen family of Pant Philip, near Dolgellau.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Mrs Owen and Mrs Owen, daughters of Edward Griffith; Caernarfon and Swansea; Donation; 1917-1918
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers, [17 cent., first ¼]-[1913x1918], many in Edward Griffith's hand or collected by him, including manuscripts of Evan Jones (Ieuan Gwynedd), David Richards (Dafydd Ionawr) and Robert Oliver Rees; material relating to Dolgellau and surrounding districts and to Mary Jones and her journey to Bala; papers of Lewis Williams, Llanfachreth; genealogical material and correspondence relating to Merionethshire Quaker families; and miscellaneous correspondence, poetry, transcripts and notes.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 2691-2769.
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Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Welsh, English, Latin, Hebrew, Breton.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of fonds.
Formerly known as Edward Griffith 1-79.
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Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Griffith, Edward, 1832-1918 -- Archives (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
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).
Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans.