Sub-fonds GB 0210 GEEANY - Gee Printing Company Records,

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Gee Printing Company Records,


  • 1836-1937 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.315 cubic metres (3 boxes, 40 volumes)

Context area

Name of creator

Administrative history

Gwasg Gee, publishing firm of Thomas Gee, later Messrs Gee & Son, Denbigh, Denbighshire, was an early nineteenth century printing works, important in the history of printing in the Welsh language. Thomas Gee (1815-1898) was born into a printing family. His father, also named Thomas Gee, had bought Thomas Jones' printing business, based in Ruthin, Denbighshire, in 1813. He moved it to Denbigh where he developed it further. The quarterly journal Y Traethodydd, was founded in 1845, published by Thomas Gee. Between 1854 and 1879, Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig was published, a ten-volume encyclopaedia. His business adopted new printing technology as it emerged. In 1916, Gwasg Gee passed out of family hands, and after 1923, it was reformed as a limited company. When Thomas Gee died in 1898, D.S. Davies became the director of the printing company. Later, after 1928, the author Kate Roberts, together with her husband Morris T. Williams, bought Gwasg Gee.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Morris T. Williams, in 1936 and subsequently.

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Scope and content

Records of the printing and publishing firm of Thomas Gee, 1836-1937, including: general ledger, 1897-1910; trade ledgers, 1894-1920; Baner ledgers, 1871-1904; insurance accounts, 1852-1914; printing accounts, 1905-1937; Baner accounts, 1908-1922; North Wales Times accounts, 1904-1928; advertisement journals and ledgers, 1872-1918; statements of work undertaken, 1889-1918; machine room and piecework records, 1868-1890; receipts to customers, 1892-1897; daybooks, 1904-1907; subscription address books, 1898-1931; return sheets and books, 1914-1922; documents relating to partnership, copyright etc., 1839-1892; letters, 1847-1918; and miscellanea, 1836-1935.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged as follows: ledgers; accounts; advertisement journals and ledgers; statement of work; machine room and piecebook; receipts to customers; cashbooks; subscription address book; return sheets and return book; documents relating to partnership, copyright etc.; letters; and miscellaneous papers.

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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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Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

A large number of further items deriving from the Gee and Son works, Denbigh are in the general series of NLW manuscripts. A list is avilable in the catalogue. There is a bundle of letters (no. 3590) at the University of Wales, Bangor archives, and some related records at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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

February 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

This sub-fonds level (formerly the fonds level) description was compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Thomas Gee Printing Papers; Davies, John, Hanes Cymru (1990); Y Gadwyn, Misolyn Eglwys y Crwys Caerdydd, Cyfrol LIII, Rhif 10; Jones, T. Gwynn, Cofiant Thomas Gee (Dinbych, 1913); Greenhalgh, Isoline, Thomas Gee, Argraffwr a Chyhoeddwr, Bywgraffiad byr (Dinbych, 2001); personal correspondence with the Rev. William Ieuan Cynwil Williams, Presbyterian minister of Capel Mawr, Denbigh in the 1950s and 1960s (17 January 2003); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).

Archivist's note

The original 'A Schedule of Material Relating to The Gee Printing Company, Denbigh' which forms this sub-fonds was compiled by Sian Jones, The National Library of Wales in 1977.

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  • Text: Gee Printing Company Records.