Fonds GB 0210 JRJONES - J. R. Jones Papers

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J. R. Jones Papers


  • 1929-1970 (Creation)

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0.261 cubic metres (29 boxes)

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Biographical history

Professor J. R. Jones, Swansea, was a prominent philosopher who provided the Welsh Language Society's struggles with a firm philosophical basis in the 1960s. He was born in Pwllheli in 1911 and educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Balliol, Oxford. He was employed as a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, between 1937 and 1952, when he was appointed to the Chair of Philosophy at the University of Wales, Swansea - a post he held until his untimely death in 1970.

Archival history

The first group comprises both personal and professional papers accumulated by Professor Jones at his home, and subsequently deposited at NLW by his wife; the second group comprises the academic notes and papers he had left at his last place of work at the University of Wales Swansea, and donated in due course by his former colleagues.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Mrs Julia Jones, Swansea, September 1977 and donated by the Department of Philosophy, University of Wales, Swansea, per Professor Dewi Z. Phillips, February 2001.; A2001/6

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Scope and content

The first and main accrual, made in 1977, comprising some twenty-one boxes and described elsewhere, reflects J. R. Jones' valuable contribution to nationalist and religious philosophy, and his wider contribution to the field of philosophy and his specific interest in the nature of the self. -- The first deposit is mainly in Welsh and the catalogue prepared at NLW is also in Welsh. It consists mainly of his publications, books, pamphlets and articles, together with his academic notes. The correspondence is scarce, no more than forty individual letters, but there is an extensive collection of newspaper cuttings containing annotations in his hand. -- The second group, described here, consists mainly of notes dating from his period as a student and as a lecturer. However, it does also include a small collection of offprints and other printed material, together with some personal possesions once belonging to Professor A. E. Heath. -- Despite the fact that the notebooks have been arranged into two series, notes taken as a student and notes used to deliver lectures, there is some evidence to suggest that the earlier notes were used at a later date to prepare lectures. Some notebooks belonging to the same series are split between the two accruals - attention has been drawn to this whenever possible.

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Accruals are not expected.

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This accrual has been arranged into six series: student notebooks, notes for lectures, notes and drafts of essays, offprints and pamphlets, sermons and accumulated material - A. E. Heath.

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

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Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

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Welsh, English

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A hard copy of this list is available at NLW, together with a detailed catalogue, written in Welsh, of the 1977 deposit.

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2002.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by R. Arwel Jones and Barbara Davies.

Archivist's note

The following source was used in the compilation of this description: The Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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