Fonds GB 0210 GWYNJONES - Gwyn Jones Papers,

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Gwyn Jones Papers,


  • 1921-1992 / (Creation)

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0.774 cubic metres (86 boxes, 1 volume)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Prof. Gwyn Jones (1907-1999), scholar, novelist and short-story writer, was born on 27 May 1907 in Blackwood, Monmouthshire. He was educated at Tredegar County School and later studied at University College, Cardiff, where he graduated in English in 1927. He was awarded an MA degree for a thesis on the Icelandic Sagas in 1929. During the same year he was appointed to a teaching post at Wigan, later moving to Manchester. His first publications, Four Icelandic Sagas and Richard Savage, appeared in 1935, the year in which he moved back to Cardiff as a lecturer in the English Department. In 1940 he was appointed Professor of English at Aberystwyth, where he stayed until 1964, when he was appointed to the Chair of English at Cardiff. He remained there until his retirement in 1975. He was a major figure in Anglo-Welsh literature. He founded, with Creighton Griffiths, the monthly magazine The Welsh Review which appeared, under his editorship, from February to November 1939. He edited some volumes of Welsh short stories and the Oxford Book of Welsh Verse in English (1977). He also wrote three novels. Together with Thomas Jones, the medievalist, he prepared a new translation of the Mabinogi which was first published in 1948. He received many honours, including the Order of the Falcon by the President of Iceland, and was a Commander of the British Empire.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Professor Gwyn Jones in 1992 and 1995. Two further groups transferred in 2002 and 2004 which were originally a bequest in the will of Professor Gwyn Jones remain uncatalogued.

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Scope and content

The literary and academic papers, 1921-1992, of Prof. Gwyn Jones, comprising correspondence, 1936-1991; manuscripts and typescript drafts of his literary works, 1939-1992, including poetry and prose; translations of the Mabinogion and Icelandic sagas, 1921-1991; the history of Scandinavia, 1961-1988; his work as editor of various publications such as The Welsh Review, Welsh Short Stories and the Oxford Book of Welsh Verse in English, 1935-1977; papers relating to the establishment of a national theatre for Wales, 1962-1977; articles, lectures and broadcasts on various topics, 1942-1992; together with some personal papers and publications of other authors.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: correspondence; poetry; prose; plays; miscellaneous; articles and essays; reviews and criticism; broadcasts; talks; translations; Scandinavian history; editorial; National Theatre for Wales; private presses; personal; and other authors.

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Conditions governing access

Some files are closed for 50 years after the last date in each file: exemption s40, Freedom of Information Act 2000. 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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Language and script notes

English, Norse, Danish, French, Dutch, German, Icelandic, 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. A preliminary box list is available for the 1995 donation.

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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

February 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Gwyn Jones Papers; Harris, John, A Bibliographical Guide to Twenty-four Anglo-Welsh Writers (Cardiff 1994) and Price, Cecil, Writers of Wales (Cardiff 1976).

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