Fonds GB 0210 GRIANS - Griffith Evans papers

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Griffith Evans papers


  • 1626-1942 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.351 cubic metres (12 boxes, 1 envelope, 1 roll, 4 volumes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Griffith Evans (1835-1935) was a bacteriologist and a pioneer in research into parasitology. Griffith Evans's home was Tynmawr, Towyn, Merionethshire, and he later attended the Royal Veterinary College in London, 1854-1855. Before working in Canada at Mc Gill University, 1861-1864, he was a veterinary surgeon at Woolwich. In 1870, he returned to Britain and lived in Ipswich for some years. From 1877-1885 he did research in India, where he discovered the first pathological trypanosome now known as Trypanosoma Evansi in Surra in 1880. In 1890 he settled in Brynkynallt, Bangor, where he became lecturer at the University College's Agricultural Department until 1910. He gave lectures on medical subjects largely connected with Christian Healing.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The majority of the papers were donated to the NLW by Griffith Evans's daughter Dr Erie Evans in 1942. Additional groups of papers were donated by other members of the family between 1943 and 1969. A small group of letters and papers was deposited by Mrs Jean Ware, grand-daughter of Griffith Evans, in 1966 (this group was originally designated NLW Minor Deposit 726A).

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Scope and content

The collection includes deeds and documents, 1626-1871, relating to members of Griffith Evans's family; family personalia, [c. 1830]-1887; portraits and photographs, 1852-1931; professional diplomas awarded to Griffith Evans, 1855-1870; papers deriving from his career, 1872-1917; papers relating to the discovery of Trypanosoma Evansi in Surra, 1880-1935; general tributes paid to Griffith Evans, 1931-1935; tributes paid to him on the occasion of his hundredth birthday and papers relating to the birthday celebrations, 1935; miscellaneous papers found in his wallet after his death; extracts from diaries and notes made with a view to the preparation of an autobiography, 1869-1942; extracts from letters and books made by Dr Erie Evans; academic notes and transcriptions of documents made by Griffith Evans; offprints, monographs and other printed materials, 1822-1931; religious questionnaires, 1926, on personal attitudes towards religion and religious experiences; general correspondence, 1857-1935, addressed to Griffith Evans; press cuttings; miscellaneous photographs and prints; and extracts from Griffith Evans's journal of his visit to North America from Canada, 1864.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records donated to the NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: family documents and personalia; portraits and personal documents of Griffith Evans; Griffith Evans's discovery of Trypanosoma Evansi; tributes to Griffith Evans; papers found in Griffith Evans's wallet after his death; autobiographical material; extracts from letters and books; essays, notes and transcripts; offprints, books and other printed material; religious questionnaires; correspondence; press cuttings; and miscellaneous photographs and prints.

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 laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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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.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

All photographs have been transferred to the Department of Maps, Prints and Drawings (Nos 24-25, 59-61, 74-75, 80, 82-84, 149 (part), 200, 568-570, 572-580), with the exception of Nos 76-79, 81, 85-86, which have been withdrawn.

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Title based on contents of fonds.

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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

February 2003


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Griffith Evans Papers; VIE Research Group website, viewed 12 February 2003.

Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project.

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