Fonds GB 0210 EMRYSBO - Emrys Bennett Owen Papers

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Emrys Bennett Owen Papers


  • 1942-[1995] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.117 cubic metres (11 boxes, 3 rolls)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Emrys Bennett Owen was born 30 July 1911, in Staylittle, Montgomeryshire. He married Hannah J. Davies in 1937 and settled in Aberbiga Farm, Staylittle, and had two daughters, one of whom is Elinor Bennett, the harpist. He worked for the Welsh Agricultural Society (WAOS) in North Wales, 1949-1950, and lived in Llanuwchllyn, 1949-1960, where he established choirs and parties. He was an active member of the community and especially with the Urdd. He was active in the formation of the Farmers Union of Wales in 1955, and became its general secretary, 1959-1966, when the family moved to Aberystwyth. From 1966 to 1979, he was an estate agent in Dolgellau, Merionethshire, dealing with Rio Tinto Zinc Finance and Exploration Limited's proposed mineral explorations in the area and Crown mineral leases held by the Chrome Company Limited. He was Vice-President of the Folk Music Society, and leader of the folk choir Côr Gwerin Y Gader of Dolgellau. He was Treasurer of Cymdeithas Gwrandawyr Cymru (Welsh Listeners Society), 1956-7, and was prosecuted in 1955 for failing to purchase a radio licence as part of a protest for Welsh language broadcasting. He died on 12 April 1988, aged 76.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from David Harbourne, Cardiff, in August 1987. Further papers were donated by Mrs Elinor Bennett Wigley, Caernarfon, November 2007 and October 2021.

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Scope and content

Papers relating to Cymdeithas Gwrandawyr Cymru, 1955-1976, Cymdeithas Telynau Cymru (The Welsh Harp Society), 1962-1979, papers relating to Rio Tinto Finance and Exploration Limited, 1969-1973 and the Chrome Company Ltd, 1970, miscellaneous papers, 1942-1970; papers relating to the Welsh Folk-Song Society, 1956-1985; and to his research and music interests, [1900]-[1995].

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following groups: Cymdeithas Gwrandawyr Cymru (Welsh Listeners' Society); Cymdeithas Telynau Cymru (Welsh Harp Society); Rio Tinto Finance and Exploration Limited; The Chrome Company Limited; miscellaneous papers; Rhodd Tachwedd 2007; and Rhodd Hydref 2021.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio â Deddf Gwarchod Data 1998 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

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 (August 1987 purchase) is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1988, pp. 47-50, at the National Library of Wales.

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Related units of description

The following have been transferred to the Department of Printed Books: Annual Reports of Meirion Creamery Ltd for 1949, 1951, 1953 and 1955; 26 numbers of Cronicl o Hanes Cryno: the Merionethshire farmer between July 1950 and January 1959; Y Blagur: a journal to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Federation of Merionethshire Young Farmers' Clubs, 1943-1964 (1964). Other papers relating to Cymdeithas Telynau Cymru are at NLW.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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

May 2003, July 2022


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project and Ann Francis Evans (Rhoddion Tachwedd 2007 a Hydref 2021). The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW Schedule of Minor Lists and Summaries (1988); NLW Obituaries Cumulated Index (1992-1997).

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  • Text: Emrys Bennett Owen Papers.