- 1942- (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.117 cubic metres (11 boxes, 3 rolls)
Name of creator
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.
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.
Content and structure area
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, -.
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.
Conditions of access and use area
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
Language of material
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Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
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.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
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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
May 2003, July 2022
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).