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Dr Roderic Bowen Papers
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The file consists mainly of notes of the addresses of friends and acquaintances kept by Dr Roderic Bowen.

British Council

The file contains mainly letters, 1976-1980, to Dr Roderic Bowen relating to his membership of the Board of the British Council.

British Council

Committee of Inquiry on Bilingual Road Signs

The file comprises correspondence and papers, 1972, relating to the proceedings and report of the Committee of Inquiry on Bilingual Road Signs chaired by Dr Roderic Bowen. It includes letters from Dr Gwynfor Evans, Peter Thomas MP (later the Lord Thomas of Gwydir) and Dafydd Williams, general secretary of Plaid Cymru.

Evans, Gwynfor

Dr Roderic Bowen Papers

  • GB 0210 RODBOW
  • Fonds
  • 1901-2002

The fonds consists of a disappointingly small group of miscellaneous papers accumulated by Dr Roderic Bowen during the course of his political career and public life. They include printed matter, 1901-1993, press cuttings, 1906-1992, speech notes, [1950]-[2000], letters, 1955-2001, and pocket diaries, 1985-2000. There are also files of papers relating to the work of the Committee of Inquiry on Bilingual Road Signs in 1972, which he chaired, and to the unsuccessful attempt to secure a knighthood for Dr Bowen in 2000-2001.

Bowen, Roderic

Kate Roberts, Two Old Men

The file contains a copy of Kate Roberts, Two Old Men and Other Stories (Gwasg Gregynog, 1981) presented to Dr Roderic Bowen to mark his retirement as president of St Davids University College, Lampeter, June 1992, and bearing a dedication from Professor Keith Robbins, Principal of the University, and a bookplate.

Robbins, Keith John


The file comprises correspondence and papers, 2000-2001, relating to the abortive attempt to secure a knighthood for Dr Roderic Bowen. The file includes letters from Lord Cledwyn, Lord Elis Thomas and Lord Hooson.

Cledwyn of Penrhos, Cledwyn Hughes, Baron, 1916-2001

Letters to Roderic Bowen

The file contains stray, unrelated letters, 1955-2001, addressed to Dr Roderic Bowen. Among the correspondents are Gwilym Prys Davies, 1989, Anthony Eden, 1955, and Harold Macmillan, [1950s].

Prys-Davies, Gwilym Prys Davies, Baron, 1923-2017

Personalia and miscellanea

The file consists of miscellaneous items accumulated by Dr Roderic Bowen during the course of his career. They include copies of his election address circulated to the Cardiganshire electorate in 1945 and 1951, photocopies of papers relating to Dr Bowen's appointment in 1946 to act as Judge Advocate at a military court for the trial of war criminals, a 1950 general election poster and a full transcript of an interview, 8 August 2000, between Dr Bowen and Matt Cole of Birmingham University. In this interview Dr Bowen reflects in some detail on his life and the major landmarks in his professional career.

Pocket diaries

The file consists of pocket diaries, 1985-2000, containing brief notes of engagements and appointments and a few other general notes.

Press cuttings

The file comprises press cuttings accumulated by Dr Roderic Bowen. Some relate to his appointment as a Queen's Counsel in 1952, his appointment as Deputy Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in 1965 and subsequent defeat as the Liberal candidate for Cardiganshire in the general election of 1966, and his official visit to Aden in 1966.

Printed items

The file comprises miscellaneous printed items, 1901-1993, accumulated by Dr Roderic Bowen during his political, legal and public career. It includes a copy of The Cardigan Record for August 1901.

Secret Papers

The file consists of a letter and papers relating to the recording of a programme on Dr Roderic Bowen in the BBC Wales radio series Secret Papers.

Speech notes

The file contains brief outline speech notes in the hand of Dr Roderic Bowen prepared for delivering addresses on social and political occasions.

Sympathy letters and cards

The file consists of letters and cards addressed to Miss Joan Cooper expressing sympathy on the death of Dr Roderic Bowen in July 2001. Some of the correspondents pay tribute to, and reflect on, his life and work.