Fonds GB 0210 GRAAMS - Grace Williams Music Manuscripts,

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Grace Williams Music Manuscripts,


  • 1826-1997 (mainly 1928-1970) / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.657 cubic metres (47 boxes, 13 volumes, 2 folders)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Grace Williams (1906-1977), composer, from Barry, Glamorgan, studied music at University College, Cardiff, the Royal College of Music in London, with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob, and in Vienna with the composer Egon Wellesz. She became a teacher at Camden School for Girls, as well as a visiting lecture at Southlands College of Education. After the Second World War she worked for the Schools Department of the BBC until retiring due to ill health in 1947. S he became a part-time member of staff at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She wrote songs, arrangements and incidental music, often as commissions. In 1966, she was awarded the John Edwards Memorial Prize. She died in 1977. She was a close friend of Vivien Cutting, teacher and poet, a fellow-teacher at Southlands College, Wimbledon Park. Her papers passed to her sister, Mrs Marian Glyn Evans.

Archival history

Some of the papers were held at the Welsh Music Information Centre, University College, Cardiff.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Mrs Marian Glyn Evans between 1987 and 1997.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Musical manuscripts of the composer Grace Williams, [1928]-1992, including orchestral scores of her works, [1932]-1973, concertos for solo instruments and orchestra, 1950-1973; scripts and scores for narrator and orchestra, 1946-1963; incidental and chamber music scores, [1930s]-1970; choral music scores [1928]-1975; film and incidental music, 1948-1970; personal and miscellaneous papers, 1826-1936; and poetry by Vivien Cutting, 1947-[1967]; note on the papers, by A. J. Heward Rees, 1997.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW by type and date.

Conditions of access and use area

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.

Language of material

Script of material

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers of Grace Williams are in NLW, Guild for the Promotion of Welsh Music Papers.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. The fonds contains some earlier papers collected by Grace Williams pre-dating her birth, and notes on the papers added after her death.

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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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of the description: NLW, Schedule of Grace Williams Musical Manuscripts; Stevens Meic (ed.), The Arts in Wales (Welsh Arts Council, 1979). A bibliography and list of recordings can be found in Boyd, Malcom, Grace Williams (Cardiff, 1996);

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